ABC's 'Whiskey Cavalier' hits the sweet spot as it rides on the Oscars coattails to success

There's a reason why 'Whiskey Cavalier' released immediately after the Oscars, and we think we know why.


                            ABC's 'Whiskey Cavalier' hits the sweet spot as it rides on the Oscars coattails to success

“Whiskey Cavalier” follows an FBI agent Whiskey Cavalier and his CIA operative partner Fiery Tribune. Together, they embark on missions to save the world, but they have to put up with each other first. While the series may have premiered on February 24, the show is still receiving a lot of viewership due to their strategic placement of a sneak peek which aired immediately after the Oscars.

ABC's 'Whiskey Cavalier' is the second show in a year to get the post-Oscar primetime slot, whereas previous years have shown an unusual increase in the number of talk-shows, this year feels like a whole new year. This year, ABC has handed the coveted post-Oscars slot to a scripted drama for the first time in more than a decade, and the show which came out on top is, you guessed it, 'Whiskey Cavalier'.

Whiskey Cavalier and Fiery Tribune share a drink together while he realizes that she's not who she says she is in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
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Whiskey Cavalier and Fiery Tribune share a drink together while he realizes that she's not who she says she is in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
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This power move by ABC had seen the dramedy from executive producers David Hemingson, Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, and Peter Atencio snare nearly 4.7 million viewers, which meant that it was the right move. If a romance-action-spy dramedy doesn't exactly sound like a natural fit with the Academy Awards, you'd be right on the matter. However, ABC has been trying to get more women back into the network, and 'Whiskey Cavalier' is right up along those lines with its strong female lead, Lauren Cohan aka Fiery Tribune. 

ABC is best known as a home for soapy drama series that specifically target women like 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'A Million Little Things'. But the network lost its place as the most-watched broadcast network for women to NBC thanks largely to the emotional roller-coaster of a ride, that is 'This Is Us'. Getting 'Whiskey Cavalier' off the ground is a big part of helping ABC bring women back to the network, and it is one of the shows to watch for the year due to it's high-octane fueled action, along with its comedy elements.

Finally, the interagency team of superagents has come to fruition after completing their first mission together in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
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Finally, the interagency team of superagents has come to fruition after completing their first mission together in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
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In this sexy spy dramedy, Scott Foley stars as FBI agent Will Chase (Whiskey Cavalier) alongside Lauren Cohan as the CIA operative Frankie Trowbridge (Fiery Tribune). They disagree on their ideas of romance and teamwork, but they’re tasked with working together to lead an inter-agency team to save the world. The series also stars Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams, Dylan Walsh, and Josh Hopkins.

'Whiskey Cavalier' is light at heart, and should be taken as such, for those who prefer their spies to be served with a dash of seriousness, NBC's 'The Enemy Within' should surely be on your watch list.

While the sneak peek released on February 24, 'Whiskey Cavalier' is all set to air on February 27, only on ABC.