ABC goes for high con­cept

The Daily Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT -

ABC will launch a trio of high­con­cept drama se­ries this fall, in­clud­ing one about a young autis­tic sur­geon.

The Good Doc­tor is part of the net­work’s 2017-18 sched­ule an­nounced Tues­day. The med­i­cal drama stars Fred­die High­more as the physi­cian who also has sa­vant syn­drome. The other new fall dramas are

The Gospel of Kevin, about a trou­bled man who’s in­structed by a ce­les­tial be­ing to save the world, and Marvel’s In­hu­mans.

The comic-book based se­ries will ex­plore the story of Black Bolt, king of the in­hu­mans, and his royal family splin­tered by a mil­i­tary coup.

ABC also said it’s ex­pand­ing its busi­ness with Shonda Rhimes. The lat­est se­ries from the Grey’s Anatomy pro­ducer is

For the Peo­ple, a drama set in a U.S. District Court. An air date wasn’t an­nounced.

Biles booted from DWTS

Team USA will not re­peat as Danc­ing with the Stars cham­pi­ons af­ter Olympic gold medal­list Simone Biles was elim­i­nated from the re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion de­spite perfect scores for her two dances dur­ing Monday night’s per­for­mance.

Judges were vis­i­bly shocked fol­low­ing host Tom Berg­eron’s an­nounce­ment that Biles and dance part­ner Sasha Far­ber fin­ished last in fan vot­ing.

Biles was gra­cious af­ter­ward, say­ing she learned a lot about her­self and planned to re­turn for next week’s fi­nale.

She was hop­ing to follow in the foot­steps of Olympic team­mate Lau­rie Her­nan­dez, who won the Mir­ror­ball Tro­phy last sea­son.

Biles’ elim­i­na­tion leaves for­mer Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross, NFL free agent Rashad Jen­nings and Fifth Har­mony singer Nor­mani Kordei in the run­ning for the crown at the fi­nale.

New hope for Pope

Fans of The Young Pope, re­joice. An­other sea­son of the HBO drama is on the way — sort of. The net­work has or­dered a limited se­ries ti­tled The New Pope from Paolo Sor­rentino, the cre­ator and di­rec­tor be­hind The Young Pope. Sky At­lantic and HBO are re-team­ing for the fol­lowup se­ries.

Whereas the first show starred Jude Law as a re­bel­lious Amer­i­can pope, with Diane Keaton as an Amer­i­can nun, the new minis­eries will feature a com­pletely new cast. Although HBO hasn’t re­leased many de­tails about the sto­ry­line, word has it The New

Pope will follow a dif­fer­ent fic­tional pon­tiff than Law’s char­ac­ter, Pope Pius XIII.

“Just like The Young Pope, Sor­rentino is writ­ing the script for the new show, but it will have a dif­fer­ent twist than what would be ex­pected,” Sky Italia chief of con­tent An­drea Scrosati told Va­ri­ety.

Sources also told the pub­li­ca­tion there will be el­e­ments in The New Pope that hark back to The Young Pope, and some of the char­ac­ters from the ear­lier show will re­turn for the new se­ries. Production of The New Pope will be­gin later this year.

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