Thursday, May 21, 2020

ABC announces slate for 2020-2021 broadcast season (Update 2)

Having just solidified its position as the No. 1 network in entertainment among Adults 18-49 for the first time in four years, ABC is announcing its 2020-2021 programming slate, which includes renewals for 19 series and two straight-to-series orders from its current crop of pilots – David E. Kelley’s thriller Big Sky and the comedy Call Your Mother (formerly My Village) from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) – as well as the previously announced alternative series Supermarket Sweep with Leslie Jones.

"At a time when we are physically apart and shared experiences matter more than ever, these shows will build on the strategy that has made us No. 1 this season – bringing people together, creating cultural moments, and making content that entertains and inspires across generations and demographics," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "Our top priority now is to work with our studio partners to ensure a safe return to production so that we can build on the strong momentum of a winning lineup with measured bets on new series that will invigorate our air and continue to deliver the quality programming that our viewers have come to expect and love."

The network had previously announced renewals for Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, The Good Doctor, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, and The Bachelorette. ABC had also previously announced a series order for a revival of Supermarket Sweep hosted by Leslie Jones as well as its summer game show slate. Joining them are American Housewife, The Bachelor, black-ish, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, mixed-ish, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Stumptown, 20/20 and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The fate of For Life and summer series The Baker and the Beauty will be determined at a later date. Not returning are Schooled, Bless This Mess, Emergence, Single Parents, and Kids Say the Darnedest Things.

Update (6/17/20)

ABC has released its full Fall 2020 schedule, which the network is calling a Premiere Schedule as all series may not be ready for a traditional Fall premiere. The schedule remains largely unchanged with the notable exception of The Bachelorette moving to Tuesdays and the Friday night comedy block being completely scrapped. The Bachelorette with Clare Crawley was to air in May 2020 but production was delayed due to the pandemic shutdown. The network will also rely heavily on unscripted series Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and America’s Funniest Home Videos. New seasons of American Idol, The Bachelor, black-ish, For Life and mixed-ish will premiere later in the season. This marks the first time black-ish has not been part of the Fall schedule.

Update (6/18/20)

ABC has reversed its decision to hold black-ish until later in the season after discussions with Kenya Barris to bring the series back as soon as possible in light of recent events in the country stating that it is “important to tell these meaningful stories during this moment in time”. The decision will send Call Your Mother to mid-season.


8:00 PM - Dancing with the Stars
10:00 PM - The Good Doctor

8:00 PM - The Bachelorette
10:00 PM - Big Sky

8:00 PM - The Goldbergs
8:30 PM - American Housewife
9:00 PM - The Conners (New Day/Time)
9:30 PM - black-ish
10:00 PM - Stumptown

8:00 PM - Station 19
9:00 PM - Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 PM - A Million Little Things

8:00 PM - Shark Tank
9:00 PM - 20/20 (Expands to two hours)

8:00 PM - Saturday Night Football

7:00 PM - America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 PM - Supermarket Sweep
9:00 PM - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (New Day/Time)
10:00 PM - The Rookie



From visionary storyteller David E. Kelley comes Big Sky, a thriller created by Kelley, who will write multiple episodes and serve as showrunner in its premiere season. Private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Based on the series of books by C.J. Box, Big Sky is executive produced by David E. Kelley, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Paul McGuigan and C.J. Box and is produced by A+E Studios in association with 20th Century Fox Television. A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. 20th Century Fox Television is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Cast: Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, with John Carroll Lynch as Rick Legarski and Ryan Phillippe as Cody Hoyt.


From Kari Lizer, this multicamera comedy follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought. Call Your Mother is produced by Sony Pictures Television & ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside  20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Cast: Kyra Sedgwick as Jean Raines, Rachel Sennott as Jackie Raines, Joey Bragg as Freddie Raines, Patrick Brammall as Danny, Emma Caymares as Celia and Austin Crute as Lane.


ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show Supermarket Sweep, hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. The fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK.

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