ABC’s 2019-2020 Fall TV Lineup: What You Need to Know
ABC will continue to capitalize on its audiences’ thirst for reality competition shows again this fall, with another round of celebs shaking a leg on Dancing with the Stars and even more of those gripping investment interviews with inventors on Shark Tank. Meanwhile, Bachelor Nation continues to be one of the most headline-generating franchises in all of television heading into the sixth season of Bachelor in Paradise. (And in case you’re worried, The Bachelor will be back at some point too.)
Of course, ABC has also become something of a go-to for medical dramas, with Grey’s Anatomy scoring a two-season renewal and The Good Doctor earning a similarly loyal audience of millions ahead of its third season. The Grey’s spin-off Station 19, as well as fellow TGIT drama How to Get Away with Murder, will return as part of ABC’s 2019-2020 lineup too.
The network’s family-centric fare will continue to dominate the schedule as well, with the 2018 breakout hit A Million Little Things returning for its second season of gripping melodrama alongside The Conners, which proved the family has some staying power beyond the controversies that upended the Roseanne revival. American Housewife, black-ish, Bless This Mess, The Goldbergs, Schooled, Fresh Off the Boat, Single Parents, and The Rookie were also renewed.
In addition, this fall will see the return of some familiar favorites. Modern Family, which has been a comedy staple of the network for a full decade now, will return for one last run with its 11th and final season, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back for its seventh season as well.
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Untitled Cobie Smulders Project
Logline: Inspired by Oni Press’ Stumptown series of graphic novels, the drama follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a strong, assertive and unapologetically sharp-witted Army veteran working as a P.I. (Michael Ealy) in Portland. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy, Mark Webber, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, Cole Sibus, Tantoo Cardinal
Logline: In this black-ish spin-off, young Rainbow (Arica Himmell) recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the dilemmas they faced over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves when her parents move from a hippie commune to the suburbs.
Starring: Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris and Ethan Childress
United We Fall
Logline: This multi-camera sitcom follows the trials and tribulations of Jo (Christina Vidal) and Bill (Will Sasso), 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 (Emmy-winner Jane Curtin) 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 – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers, and especially their kids.
Starring: Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin, and Emma Grace Helton
Logline: A fictional serialized legal and family drama inspired by the life of Isaac Wright, Jr., For Life is 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 show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.
Starring: Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Glenn Fleshler, Dorian Missick, Tyla Harris, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Boris McGiver
Logline: A character-driven genre thriller that centers around a police chief who takes in a young child that 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.
Starring: Allison Tolman, Alexa Swinton, Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris, Zabryna Guevara, Donald Faison, and Clancy Brown
The Baker and the Beauty
Logline: Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash?
Starring: Nathalie Kelley, Carlos Gomez, Lisa Vidal, Dan Bucatinsky, Belissa Escobedo, Victor Rasuk, Michelle Veintimilla, and David Del Rio