In ABC’s first fall primetime schedule minus Dancing With the Stars in 15 years, Bachelor in Paradise is being upgraded to the fall in both the Monday and Tuesday 8-10 p.m. ET blocks. Yes…four hours per week of Bachelor in Paradise on ABC!
ABC has also downgraded its comedy presence, with only Wednesday designated to half-hour sitcoms. The Conners will open the evening, followed by The Goldbergs now at 8:30 p.m., sophomore Abbott Elementary at 9 p.m., and surprise returnee Home Economics at 9:30 p.m. They lead into season three of drama Big Sky, now in the Wednesday 10 p.m. hour.
Overall, and mirroring cautious NBC and Fox, ABC will introduce only two new series this fall — The Rookie spinoff The Rookie: Feds out of Bachelor in Paradise at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, and drama Alaska in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour out of returning Station 19 and veteran Grey’s Anatomy. Bachelor in Paradise will also lead into The Good Doctor in the Monday 10 p.m. time period.
Friday and Saturday will remain intact on ABC, with Shark Tank into 20/20 and College Football. And Sunday will feature the granddaddy America’s Funniest Home Videos, Celebrity Jeopardy!, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and drama The Rookie.
Relationship drama A Million Little Things and the sophomore reboot sitcom The Wonder Years are being held until midseason. ABC has also picked up the Gina Rodriguez sitcom Not Dead Yet for midseason. Also slated for later in the season are returning American Idol, The Bachelor and Judge Steve Harvey.
“Our fall schedule is a testament to our strong, dynamic programming slate that we’re continuing to nurture with top talent, world-class, award-winning storytellers and marquee titles,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “By capitalizing on the success of our strongest assets, we’re betting on stability while also introducing and investing in key projects that will allow us to build on our momentum as the No. 1 entertainment network for the third consecutive year.”
What follows is the fall ABC primetime line-up (with new series in CAPS) followed by the new series descriptions.
8 pm Bachelor in Paradise
10 pm The Good Doctor
8 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise
10 p.m. THE ROOKIE: FEDS
8 p.m. The Conners
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (new time)
9 p.m. Abbott Elementary (new night)
9:30 p.m. Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky (new night)
8 p.m. Station 19
9 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
10 p.m. ALASKA
8 p.m. Shark Tank
9 p.m. 20/20
8 p.m. College Football
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 p.m. CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
9 p.m. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
10 p.m. The Rookie
New Program Descriptions
ALASKA (20th Television)
Logline: After a reporter is “cancelled” she reinvents herself and tries to find her identity working for an old newspaper boss in Alaska.
Executive producers: Tom McCarthy, Ryan Binkley, Kyle Hopkins, Bert Salke, Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells
Cast: Hilary Swank, Pablo Castelblanco, Grace Dove, Craig Frank, Meredith Holzman, Matt Malloy
THE ROOKIE:FEDS (Entertainment One, ABC Signature)
Logline: The yet-untitled project will expand beyond the current Los Angeles Police Department and revolve around the FBI.
Executive producers: Alexi Hawley, Terence Paul Winter, Michelle Chapman, Nathan Fillion, Mark Gordon, Corey Miller, Niecy Nash, Bill Norcross
Cast: Kat Foster, Niecy Nash, Felix Solis, Frankie Faison
NOT DEAD YET (20th Television)
NOT DEAD YET (20th Television)
Logline: A single-camera comedy that follows broke, newly single and feeling old, Nell Stevens – a self-described 40-something disaster – as she works to restart the career she left behind 10 years ago.
Executive producers: Casey Johnson, David Windsor, McG, Corey Marsh, Gina Rodriguez, Mary Viola
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Josh Banday, Jessica St. Clair, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Angela E. Gibbs, Rick Glassman