ABC on Tuesday became the third broadcast network (after CBS and NBC) to unveil its schedule for the Fall TV season — and it’s a jaw-dropper.
In what can only be viewed as a foreboding sign about the potential duration of the current writers’ strike, the network’s fall schedule is comprised entirely of unscripted fare (save for a pair of Abbott Elementary reruns on Wednesday).
Included in the reality-drenched lineup is the debut of the long-gestating Golden Bachelor, an AARP-focused spinoff of the dating franchise.
ABC declined to comment on its new strike-proof schedule, but an Alphabet insider says the network is “prepared” for the possibility of a prolonged work stoppage. The plan, as it stand now, is for most, if not all, of ABC’s scripted offerings to launch at midseason. As a result, the network will “likely” be reducing episode orders on certain shows (translation: don’t expect traditional 22-episode seasons of faves Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and The Rookie).
NEW SHOWS IN CAPS
8 pm Dancing With the Stars (two hours)
10 pm THE GOLDEN BACHELOR
8 pm Celebrity Jeopardy!
9 pm Bachelor in Paradise (two hours)
8 pm Judge Steve Harvey
9 pm Abbott Elementary (rerun)
9:30 pm Abbott Elementary (rerun)
10 pm What Would You Do?
8 pm Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
9 pm Press Your Luck
10 pm The $100,000 Pyramid
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20 (two hours)
7:30 pm College Football
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm The Wonderful World of Disney (three hours)
9-1-1, Abbott Elementary, American Idol, The Bachelor, The Conners, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, HIGH POTENTIAL, Not Dead Yet, The Rookie, Station 19 and Will Trent.
A Million Little Things, Alaska Daily, Big Sky, The Company You Keep and The Goldbergs. STILL TBD: Home Economics and The Rookie: Feds