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ABC Fall Schedule: Tuesday Comedy Block Axed as The Conners Inherits Modern Family Slot

ABC Fall Schedule 2020

The Bachelorette is breaking up ABC’s Tuesday-night comedy block.

The Alphabet network unveiled its new fall lineup on Wednesday (the last of the five broadcast nets to do so), and the key headline is that the latest season of The Bachelorette — bumped from summer due to the coronavirus pandemic — will replace ABC’s traditional two-hour sitcom lineup on Tuesday. This marks the first fall schedule in 10 years that ABC will not have any sitcoms on Tuesday.

What does the tectonic shift mean for your favorite comedies? Answers below!


♦ Ex-Tuesday staple The Conners shifts to Wednesdays at 9 pm (aka the Modern Family legacy slot). The Goldbergs will continue to kick off Wednesdays, with American Housewife following it at 9:30 pm.

♦ David E. Kelley’s new drama Big Sky will occupy ABC’s famously challenging Tuesday-at-10 pm death slot (following The Bachelorette). Meanwhile, sitcom siblings black-ish and mixed-ish have been pushed to midseason. UPDATE: ABC rushes black-ish back onto the fall schedule.

♦ Leslie Jones’ Supermarket Sweep reboot will replace Tiffany Haddish’s cancelled Kids Say the Darndest Things reboot Sundays at 8 pm, leading into Season 2 of Jimmy Kimmel’s reboot of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

♦ Specific premiere dates will be announced at a later date, but it’s safe to say ABC’s fall launch will take place later than usual (i.e. not in September) due to COVID-19.

Fall TV Schedule 2018
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm The Good Doctor

8 pm The Bachelorette (new night)
10 pm BIG SKY

8 pm The Goldbergs
8:30 pm black-ish
9 pm The Conners (new night)
9:30 pm American Housewife
10 pm Stumptown Scratch that, cancelled

8 pm Station 19
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm A Million Little Things

8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20

8 pm Saturday Night Football

7 pm AFV
9 pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
10 pm The Rookie

$100,000 Pyramid, American Idol, The Bachelor, black-ish, CALL YOUR MOTHER, Card Sharks, For Life and mixed-ish

The Baker and the Beauty, Bless This Mess, Emergence, Grand Hotel, Kids Say the Darndest Things, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Reef Break, Schooled and Single Parents