Freeform’s upfronts 2017-8 – a rundown and clips from the new shows

It’s that time of year again. Yep, it’s the ‘upfronts’ season, which is when all the US networks reveal to advertisers the new shows that are going to be hitting the TV screens some time from about July this year through to now-ish next year. (BTW, this isn’t the same as the international screenings, which is when the buyers from UK TV networks turn up to see what they’d like to acquire, so we won’t know what will be heading our way for quite some time.)

What do you mean the upfronts aren’t normally until May? Well, you’re quite right, as the likes of Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS and The CW will indeed by showing off all their future wares starting the week of 15th May, as per usual.

However, in the age of Peak TV, there are literally now so many channels producing content that there’s actually one or more upfront presentations by a cable or internet network virtually every day from now until then, with the likes of BET next week, Hulu, YouTube and Vice the week after, and so on. Most of these aren’t producing the kinds of shows that TMINE covers, so don’t be expecting to be inundated by daily treats, I’m afraid, but it’s a still a pretty large spread.

Yesterday, it was Crackle’s turn, but since they don’t actually have any clips to show off, I could comfortably cover it in today’s news. But it was also young adult channel Freeform’s turn, and there’s clips and shows aplenty for you to regard. So after the jump, brace yourself for the excitement of:

  • Killer mermaid drama Siren (no, really)
  • Superhero drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger 
  • Platonic best friends comedy Alone Together
  • Global women’s magazine drama The Bold Type

Set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, Siren sees the arrival of a mysterious girl who proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea taking a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.

The project stars Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) as Ben, a bright marine biologist who finds himself drawn to Ryn, a mysterious new girl in town played by Eline Powell (Game Of Thrones), who is a strange young woman with a deep dark secret. Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen co-star in the series, based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White who both serve as executive producers.

Emily Whitesell (Finding Carter) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb are also attached as executive producers.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Based on the comic strip of the same name, this is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers that are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, James Saito and JD Evermore co-star. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes, slated to debut early 2018.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Joe Pokaski (Underground, Heroes) serves as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Punisher, Marvel’s The Defenders), Marvel’s head of Television, and Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Punisher, Marvel’s The Defenders) also serve as executive producers. Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) directed the first episode.

Alone Together 
Half-hour, single-camera comedy starring Esther Povitsky (Lady Dynamite, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Benji Aflalo (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser). The series follows Esther and Benji, platonic best friends who want nothing more than to be accepted by the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. Despite their sometimes contentious relationship, when push comes to shove, they’ve got each other’s back … And they have nobody else to hang out with. 

Alone Together comes from Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo and Eben Russell (Girl Boss), who serve as writers and executive producers. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Billy Rosenberg and Hunter Covington also serve as executive producers. Daniel Gray Longino (Lady Dynamite, Portlandia) directed the pilot. The comedy will debut in early 2018.

The Bold Type
Drama that reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the global women’s magazine, Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women leans on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.

The series stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward and Melora Hardin as Jacqueline, editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine. Production has started in Montreal, Canada. It will have a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, July 11 at 9.00pm.

The Bold Type is executive produced by Sarah Watson, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer, Victor Nelli Jr and Joanna Coles. Holly Whidden and Matt McGuinness are co-executive producers. The series is a Universal Television and The District production.