ABC has announced their schedule for Fall 2018. There are quite a few new shows on the way and the network is moving a bunch of their programs around. Of the three networks that have released their schedules so far, the alphabet network is making the most changes this fall — including two concurrent editions of the Dancing with the Stars franchise.
There’s no shortage of comedy shows on ABC’s schedule. They’ve got 10 of them slotted right now. It’s interesting that ABC is trying to once again establish a comedy block on Friday nights — just as FOX is doing the same thing with the revival of Last Man Standing (which used to air on ABC’s Friday night schedule).
Returning ABC shows for Fall 2018: 20/20, The Alec Baldwin Show (fka Sundays with Alec Baldwin), America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, Black-ish, Child Support, Dancing with the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Modern Family, Roseanne, Shark Tank, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, and Station 19.
New ABC shows for Fall 2018: Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, The Kids Are Alright, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, and Single Parents.
Here are the relevant portions of ABC’s press release:
8:00 p.m. – “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. – “The Good Doctor”
8:00 p.m. – “Roseanne”
8:30 p.m. – “The Kids Are Alright” (new)
9:00 p.m. – “black-ish”
9:30 p.m. – “Splitting Up Together”
10:00 p.m. – “The Rookie” (new)
8:00 p.m. – “The Goldbergs”
8:30 p.m. – “American Housewife” (new time)
9:00 p.m. – “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. – “Single Parents” (new)
10:00 p.m. – “A Million Little Things” (new)
8:00 p.m. – “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00 p.m. – “Station 19”
10:00 p.m. – “How to Get Away with Murder”
8:00 p.m. – “Fresh Off the Boat” (new day and time)
8:30 p.m. – “Speechless” (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. – “Child Support” (new time)
10:00 p.m. – “20/20”
8:00 p.m. – “Saturday Night Football”
7:00 p.m. – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. – “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” (new)
9:00 p.m. – “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. – “The Alec Baldwin Show” (new title)
“A MILLION LITTLE THINGS”
They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.
DJ Nash is writer and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers; and James Griffiths is the director on the pilot and an executive producer, from ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment.
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Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.
The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.
Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.
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“THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT”
Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.
The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William and Santino Barnard as Pat.
The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle. Randall Einhorn directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.
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This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
The series stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.
The series is from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether are creators and executive producers, and Katharine Pope is executive producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who is also an executive producer.
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What do you think? Do you like the sound of any of the new shows? What do you think of the new schedule? Will their new comedy blocks work?