Back in May, ABC had some high hopes for the 2020 Fall schedule ... which has been completely revised due to production delays that are a result of the ongoing pandemic in the US. You can click the link to see what might have been. To counteract the dearth of scripted series, ABC has a different plan of attack to fill those empty time slots -- unscripted series, a lot of which can be produced with minimal interaction between participants and with smaller and remote crews. ABC even went so far as to confine the latest The Bachelorette hopefuls in a production 'bubble', much as CBS did with Love Island and Big Brother, keeping everyone quarantined for two weeks before production began to ensure no one would be infected by the time cameras rolled. Of course, that plan got completely screwed up when host Chris Harrison thought he could leave the bubble to take his son to college and then return as if there was no pandemic. Former Bachelorette Jojo Fletcher will fill in for several episodes with ABC promising Harrison will return for the finale.
ABC's latest game show revival, Supermarket Sweep hosted by Leslie Jones, went into production along with Card Sharks and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? And plans are still on track to bring the celebs back to the ballroom on September 14. Sadly, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not be joining them in what may turn out to be one of the most bone-headed instances of trying to "fix" something by replacing the two things that weren't actually broken. Will Tyra Banks be able to draw in a younger crowd, or will the older viewers simply revolt over ABC's recast of the hosts?
Below is ABC's current partial slate for the Fall season, with programming for Wednesdays still a big question mark. Keep in mind, this is always subject to change at a moment's notice.
- 7:00 PM - AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS
- 8:00 PM - SUPERMARKET SWEEP (NEW SERIES)
- 9:00 PM - WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
- 10:00 PM - CARD SHARKS
- 8:00 PM - DANCING WITH THE STARS
- 10:00 PM - EMERGENCY CALL
- 8:00 PM - THE BACHELORETTE
- TO BE ANNOUNCED
- 8:00 PM - CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
- 9:00 PM - PRESS YOUR LUCK
- 10:00 PM - MATCH GAME
- 8:00 PM - SHARK TANK
- 9:00 PM - 20/20