ABC Unveils New Fall Schedule: Only Four New Shows Are Included

May 14, 2019  •  Post A Comment

ABC has revealed its new 2019-2020 schedule, and the network will only introduce three new scripted shows this fall. They are the dramas “Emergence” and “Stumptown”; and the spinoff from “black-ish,” titled “mixed-ish.”

The last of the new shows on ABC’s fall schedule is a reboot of the classic unscripted program “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” this time hosted by Tiffany Haddish. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” first aired on TV in the early 1950s as part of “Art Linkletter’s House Party.” Prior to that Linkletter included it in his radio broadcasts. In 1995, Bill Cosby hosted a reboot of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” that lasted five years on CBS.

To read more about ABC’s 2019-2020 schedule, please click here.

ABC’s fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold italics.


MONDAY 8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

TUESDAY 8:00 p.m. “The Conners”

8:30 p.m. “Bless This Mess” (new time)

9:00 p.m. “mixed-ish”

9:30 p.m. “black-ish” (new time)

10:00 p.m. “Emergence”

WEDNESDAY 8:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”

8:30 p.m. “Schooled”

9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “Single Parents”

10:00 p.m. “Stumptown”

THURSDAY 8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

9:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things”

10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

FRIDAY 8:00 p.m. “American Housewife” (new day)

8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time)

9:00 p.m. “20/20” (two hours)

SATURDAY 8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

SUNDAY 7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. “Kids Say the Darndest Things”

9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m. “The Rookie” (new day)


Says ABC in a press release, “Since the beginning of the year, ABC has been the No. 1 network with a schedule that is working, and we are going to nurture it,” said [ABC Entertainment President Karey] Burke. ‘Going into next season, our priorities are stability and launching shows in a way our audience will know we are committed to them. Add to that some of the most buzzed-about titles and top talent of the recent pilot season, and we have an enviable combination that sets the stage for us to win with women and grow our overall reach.’”

ABC says “Emergence” is “about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.”

“Stumptown,” says the network, is based on a series of graphic novels and “follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.”

As for the sitcom “mix-ish,” ABC says “Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.”

To read ABC’s press release about its fall schedule and midseason shows, please click here.

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