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DOWNWARD DOG
Air Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time Slot: 9:31 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#101) "Pilot"
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NEW COMEDY SERIES 'DOWNWARD DOG' WILL PREMIERE IN SNEAK PEEK, WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, ON ABC

Series Moves to Regular Tuesday Night Time Period Following Week

All-new comedy "Downward Dog" will premiere in a special sneak peek on WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), following the season finale of "Modern Family." (Editors, please note: "black-ish" will air its season finale Wednesday, May 10). The series, the first network comedy to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, will move to its regular time period, Tuesday nights at 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT, with its second episode, beginning May 23, on The ABC Television Network. The pilot episode is available to preview on the ABC app between May 1 - 15.

Based on a web series, "Downward Dog" follows the day-to-day life of Nan (Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Allison Tolman, "Fargo"), as told by her increasingly lonely and philosophical dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges). Nan attempts to juggle her tumultuous personal life with a stressful career, unjustly supervised by her self-obsessed boss. Having her story told from the canine perspective provides a uniquely unfiltered point of view that helps us laugh and cry about what it means to be a human being in the twenty-first century. It's a show about a dog and the girl he adores, and even at their worst, Nan and Martin just might be best for one another.

In the series premiere airing May 17, "Pilot," Martin battles loneliness and the need for Nan's unconditional attention, while she struggles with a breakup and Martin's recent bad behavior as he reacts to her newly busy work schedule.

"Downward Dog" stars Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff ("Raising Hope") as Jason, Nan's ex-boyfriend; Kirby Howell-Baptiste ("Love") as Jenn, Nan's best friend and co-worker; and Barry Rothbart ("The Wolf of Wall Street") as Kevin, Nan's boss.

Guest starring Mo Collins as Kim, Maria Bamford as Pepper, DaJuan Johnson as Tristen, Rachna Katau as Gwen, and Ned as Martin.

"Pilot" is written by Michael Killen & Samm Hodges and directed by Michael Killen.

"Downward Dog" series creators Michael Killen and Samm Hodges executive produce with Mosaic's Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal Media's Kathy Dzubiek. Showrunners Kat Likkel and John Hoberg also executive produce. The series is produced by Legendary Television and ABC Studios. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound.

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DOWNWARD DOG (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
5/17/17 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (summer 2017)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (8 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, March 2017) All-new comedy "Downward Dog" will premiere in a special sneak peek WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), following the season finale of "Modern Family." (Editors Please Note: "black-ish" will air its season finale Wednesday, May 10). The series, the first network comedy to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, will move to its regular time period, Tuesday nights at 8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT, beginning May 23, on The ABC Television Network. Based on a web series, "Downward Dog" follows the day-to-day life of Nan (Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Allison Tolman, "Fargo"), as told by her increasingly lonely and philosophical dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges). Nan attempts to juggle her tumultuous personal life with a stressful career, unjustly supervised by her self-obsessed boss. Having her story told from the canine perspective provides a uniquely unfiltered point of view that helps us laugh and cry about what it means to be a human being in the twenty-first century. It's a show about a dog and the girl he adores, and even at their worst, Nan and Martin just might be best for one another.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Allison Tolman as Nan
· Barry Rothbart as Kevin
· Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn
· Lucas Neff as Jason
· Samm Hodges as Martin (Voice)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Gene Stupnitsky as EP
· Jimmy Miller as EP
· Kathy Dziubek as EP
· Lee Eisenberg as EP
· Michael Killen as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Sam Hansen as EP
· Samm Hodges as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Animal Media Group
· Legendary Television
· Mosaic Media Group