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ABC will add 5 shows this fall, 'Idol' in January — and a 'Roseanne' reboot

Published May 16, 2017 10:48 am
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ABC announced a fall schedule that features five new shows, moves five returning shows to new timeslots, holds seven returning shows for midseason — and then adds "American Idol" in January.

When, exactly, "Idol" will air is still up in the air. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey deflected reports that it will be scheduled on Sundays, and said that while they are in talks with Ryan Seacrest about returning as host as well as with various potential judges, no decisions have been made.

She did say that the show will be at least somewhat different from the one that aired on Fox for 15 seasons. "This is going to be ABC's version of 'American Idol,'" Dungey said.

The fall schedule includes a show about an autistic surgeon ("The Good Doctor"), a man on a divine mission ("The Gospel of Kevin"), a rapper who's elected mayor of his hometown ("The Mayor"); a spinoff of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ("Marvel's Inhumans"); and a TV producer whose daughter disappears ("Ten Days in the Valley").

In other ABC news:

• Yes, Utah-native Roseanne Barr is returning in a reboot of her ABC 1988-97 sitcom, "Roseanne," It's planned for sometime after the first of the year, and it will feature the entire original cast.

• Dungey said it was creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes decision to end "Scandal" with the upcoming Season 7, a decision she "wholeheartedly supported.

(No decision yet on how many episodes there will be.)

• The ABC exec flatly denied there was any political component in the cancellation of "Last Man Standing."

• The Disney-owned network is also jumping on the live-musical bandwagon with, appropriately enough, a live version of "The Litte Mermaid." And, going in a completely different direction, ABC will air a special celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Rolling Stone" magazine.

• Among the shows ABC canceled are "American Crime," "The Catch," "Conviction," "Dr. Ken," "Imaginary Mary," "Last Man Standing," "Mistresses," "Notorious," "The Real O'Neals," "Secrets and Lies" and "Time After Time."

• Returning shows being held for mideason include "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "Match Game," "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "Quantico."


(New programs in UPPER CASE; an asterisk indicates a returning show in a new timeslot.)


7-9 p.m. • "Dancing with the Stars"

9-10 p.m. • "THE GOOD DOCTOR"


7-7:30 p.m. • "The Middle"

7:30-8 p.m. • "Fresh Off the Boat"*

8-8:30 p.m. • "Black-ish"

8:30-9 p.m. • "THE MAYOR"

9-10 p.m. • "THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN"


7-7:30 p.m. • "The Goldbergs"

7:30-8 p.m. • "Speechless"

8-8:30 p.m. • "Modern Family"

8:30-9 p.m. • "American Housewife"*

9-10 p.m. • "Designated Survivor"


7-8 p.m. • "Grey's Anatomy"

8-9 p.m. • "Scandal"

9-10 p.m. • "How to Get Away with Murder"


7-8 p.m. • "Once Upon a Time"*

8-9 p.m. • "MARVEL'S INHUMANS"

9-10 p.m. • "20/20"


6-9:30 p.m. • College football


6-7 p.m. • "America's Funniest Home Videos"

7-8 p.m. • "To Tell the Truth"*

8-9 p.m. • "Shark Tank"*

9-10 p.m. • "TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY"

Here are ABC's descriptions of its new fall series:

"THE GOOD DOCTOR" (dramal, Monday, 9 p.m.) • Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, "Bates Motel"), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital's surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from David Shore ("House"), and "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-O" star Daniel Dae Kim.

The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez, Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews and Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman.

"THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN" (comedy/drama, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.) • Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, "Parenthood"), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, "Once Upon a Time") and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission – to save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters ("Marvel's Agent Carter," "Resurrection," "Reaper").

"The Gospel of Kevin" stars Jason Ritter as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Amy, J. August Richards as Nate, Chloe East as Reese, Dustin Ybarra as Tyler and India de Beaufort as Kristin.

"MARVEL'S INHUMANS" (drama, Friday, 8 p.m.) • "Marvel's Inhumans" explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself. The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

"Marvel's Inhumans" stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Ken Leung as Karnak, Ellen Woglom as an undisclosed character, Sonya Balmores as Auran and Mike Moh as Triton.

"THE MAYOR" (comedy, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.) • Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years he's toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century – running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, "Community") and friends, including Valentina ("Glee's" Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.

The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele as Valentina, Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Hardaway, Marcel Spears as TK and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina.

"TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY" (drama, Sunday, 9 p.m.) • "Ten Days in the Valley" stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.

"Ten Days in the Valley" stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as John Bird, Kick Gurry as Pete Greene, Erika Christensen as Ali Petrovich, Felix Solis as David Gomez, Josh Randall as Tom Petrovich, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Matt Abigail Pniowsky as Lake and Francois Battiste as Gus.

And here are ABC's descriptions of its new midseason shows:

"ALEX, INC." (comedy) • Based on the podcast StartUp, Alex Schuman (Zach Braff, "Scrubs") is a brilliant radio journalist, husband and father of two who is about to do something crazy – quit his job and start his own company. He quickly discovers it's going to be a lot harder than he thought. Zach Braff stars, directs and is executive producer with Matt Tarses ("Scrubs") and Davis Entertainment ("Dr. Ken," "Blacklist").

Matt Tarses is writer and executive producer. Zach Braff is director and executive producer. John Davis and John Fox are executive producers of the series, from Davis Entertainment, as are Alex Blumberg, Chris Gilberti  and Matt Lieber (Gimlet Media) in association with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

"AMERICAN IDOL" (reality/competition) • ABC is bringing back "American Idol." The network, along with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, will revive television's most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favorite and making more dreams come true. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

"THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES" (reality/competition) • America's favorite participants from past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," from arch rivals to villains, will take competitive dating to a chilling new level.  In an ode to the Winter Olympic Games and slated to premiere in February 2018, "The Bachelor Winter Games" will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all – love. "THE CROSSING" (drama) • Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America – and the war they are fleeing hasn't happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same.  Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.

"The Crossing" stars Steve Zahn as Jude Miller, Natalie Martinez as Reece, Sandrine Holt as Emma Ren, Rick Gomez as Nestor, Jay Karnes as Craig Lindauer, Marcuis Harris as Caleb, Simone Kessel as Rebecca, Kelly Missal as Hannah, Rob Campbell as Paul, Grant Harvey as Roy, Bailey Skodje as Leah, Jon D'Leo as Will, Luc Roderique as Bryce and Tommy Bastow as Marshall.  

"DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIOR" (reality/competition) • A fresh new take on an established favorite, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, to be announced at a later date.

Slated to debut in Spring 2018, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions

"DECEPTION" (drama) • When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world's most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak ("Chuck") and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter.  Illusionist David Kwong ("Now You See Me") will co-produce.

"Deception" stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as Special Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen

"FOR THE PEOPLE" (drama) • Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka "The Mother Court," this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country – all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland's Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

The series, from ABC Studios, stars Ben Rappaport as Seth Oliver, Susannah Flood as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh as Jay Simmons, Regé-Jean Page as Leonard Knox, Ben Shenkman as Roger Gunn, Hope Davis as Jill Carlan, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Judge Nicholas Byrne and Anna Deavere Smith as Tina Krissman.

"SPLITTING UP TOGETHER" (comedy) • Based on the Danish series, "Splitting Up Together" is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, "The Office," Oliver Hudson, "Scream Queens") whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek ("Suburgatory") writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.

The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.




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