ABC has outlined the network’s Fall 2019-2020 schedule. In the new season, ABC is adding several scripted series to the schedule, complimenting a long list of renewals that are already popular with fans. The president of ABC Entertainment, Karey Burke, announced the new slate on Tuesday morning.
“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 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.”
The new shows coming to the network this year are “Emergence,” “Stumptown,” and the “black-ish” spinoff “mixed-ish.” Viewers can also look for the mid-season premieres of “The Baker and the Beauty” and “For Life,” along with the new comedy, “United We Fall.”
The thriller “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. The series stars Allison Tolman, Alexa Swinton, Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr., Zabryna Guevara, with Donald Faison and Clancy Brown.
Based on the “Stumptown” graphic novel series, the show follows Dex Parios – 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. The series stars Cobie Smulders, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, with Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy.
In “mixed-ish,” 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. The show features Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Gary Cole, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Ethan Childress.
In the current season, ABC claims six of the Top 20 broadcast entertainment shows, including two of the top four dramas – “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor” – and the top new comedy, “The Conners” – all of which will return in the fall.
“A Million Little Things,” will also return in the fall, along with the highly anticipated 11th and final season of “Modern Family.” Other renewals include “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “American Housewife,” “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “Bless This Mess,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Shark Tank,” “Single Parents” and “Station 19.”
In “The Baker and the Beauty,” Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. On a wild Miami night, he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. The series stars Victor Rasuk, Nathalie Kelley, Carlos Gómez, Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Vidal, David Del Rio, Belissa Escobedo, and Michelle Veintimilla.
Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., “For Life” is a fictional serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The cast includes Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Glenn Fleshler, Dorian Missick, Tyla Harris, with Mary Stuart Masterson and Boris McGiver.
The comedy “United We Fall” follows the trials and tribulations of Jo and Bill, parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother and Jo’s large, Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone. The show features Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin, and Ella Grace Helton.
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