Fall TV Preview

ABC's Designated Survivor Trailer Debuts — Plus: Watch Previews for Conviction, Notorious and More


Along with announcing its fall 2016 schedule, ABC on Tuesday unveiled sneak peeks of its new shows, including Kiefer Sutherland’s POTUS thriller Designated Survivor, legal drama Conviction and Minnie Driver comedy Speechless.

On the midseason front, trailers were also released for Shondaland’s Romeo and Juliet follow-up Still Star-Crossed, Jenna Elfman laugher Imaginary Mary and more.

Watch the trailers in their entirety below, preceded by the logline for each series:

Designated Survivor (Wednesdays, 10/9c)
Centers on a lower level United States Cabinet member who is suddenly handed the presidency after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession.

American Housewife (Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30c)
A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with “perfect” wives and their “perfect” offspring.

Conviction (Mondays, 10/9c)
Tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former U.S. president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

Downward Dog (Midseason)
Based on the web series of the same name, this comedy follows a down-on-her-luck woman named Nan whose devoted dog speaks its mind in confessional-style interviews.

Imaginary Mary (Midseason)
Centers on a thirtysomething bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

Notorious (Thursdays, 9/8c)
Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.

Speechless (Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30c)
A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.

Still Star-Crossed (Midseason)
A period drama that picks up where Romeo and Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. Based on the book by Melinda Taub.

Time After Time (Midseason)
Using the 1979 novel and movie as a starting point, the series chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine.

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