Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall
From PromaxBDA: Unlike NBC and Fox, which took the modest approach, ABC has announced a particularly aggressive fall 2018 primetime line-up. The alphabet net will feature six new series this fall — comedies “The Kids Are Alright” and “Single Parents;” dramas “The Rookie” and “A Million Little Things;” “Dancing With the Stars Juniors;” and talker “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The changes impact four nights of the week, excluding Monday, Thursday andSaturday.
In midseason, an additional four scripted series – dramas “The Fix,” “Grand Hotel” and “Whisky Cavalier;” and “The Goldbergs” spin-off “Schooled” – will be introduced. In total, that is 10 new series: five dramas, three comedies and two non-scripted for ABC in 2018-19.
Particularly ambitious is the return of the “TGIF” comedy brand care of the relocation of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” in the Friday 8 p.m. hour, which will face sitcoms “Last Man Standing” and “The Cool Kids” on Fox. Those will lead into returning game show “Child Support,” hosted by Fred Savage and featuring Ricky Gervais.
Sunday, meanwhile, is a night of all non-scripted fare to compete with “SundayNight Football” on NBC, including “Dancing With the Stars Juniors” at 8 p.m.out of veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Alec Baldwin Show” at 10 p.m. out of “Shark Tank.”
Returning in midseason will be “American Idol” and sophomore legal drama “For the People,” which will replace “How to Get Away With Murder” and keeps the night of all Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas intact. Summer 2019 will feature 13 new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which will take it into season six.
Current fare not returning next season includes fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” and recently introduced dramas “The Crossing” and “Deception.” Sitcom “The Middle” concludes its nine-season run next Tuesday.
For an analysis of ABC’s fall 2018 primetime line-up and a look at the schedule grid, click here