ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey unveiled their primetime programming for 2017-18 on May 16, 2017. The Lincoln Center, in New York City, was the site for this year’s Upfront Event.
New Shows on ABC
TV shows such as: “Splitting Up Together,” starring Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, and Geoff Pierson; “Alex, Inc.,” with Zach Braff. Jason Ritter and JoAnna Garcia Swisher star in the dramedy, “The Gospel of Kevin;” and “For The People,” with Ben Rappaport will be joining others in the line-up.
Kyra Sedgwick, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Erika Christiansen are set to star in the series premiere of “Ten Days in the Valley.” Ten episodes are slated to grace screens in the upcoming season.
“Inhumans,” starring Sonya Balmores, Isabelle Cornish, and Iwan Woglom, and more will be bringing the Marvel’s program to life on ABC beginning Friday, Sept. 1, for eight episodes. The program centers around superhumans fighting for survival.
A “Roseanne” reboot, of the same name, is scheduled for eight episodes. Stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, and others will join Roseanne Barr gracing TV screens in 2018.
“Roseanne” aired during the 1980s and 90s. Thus far, ABC has announced that most of the original cast will be in the reboot. Johnny Galecki, who currently stars in “The Big Bang Theory,” was not among those announced. He played Melissa Gilbert’s husband.
ABC has not divulged how they are going to handle the fact that Goodman passed away in the final season. Another interesting tidbit is that Roseanne’s oldest daughter, Becky was played by two different actresses. Access Hollywood reports that both, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke, will have parts in the ABC revival.
Live Musical Events and Alternative Series
Channing announced two live musical ABC exclusives.
- On Oct. 3, 2017, audiences can view the two-hour event called, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live!” The program is described as a “live-action/animation hybrid television experience,” according to TV Line Media.
- “Rolling Stone 50,” a live three-hour celebration of the magazine’s history will air on Feb. 8, 2018.
ABC also unveiled two Alternative Series. The spinoffs are “Dancing With The Stars Junior” and “The Bachelor Winter Games.”
The junior version of “Dancing With The Stars” will be judged by famous ballroom masters, according to TV Guide. No information was released about the young performers in the program. Although, TV Guide explains:
It’s a fair bet that the contestants will skew young; per the National Dance Council of America, competitors in the “junior” categories must be between the ages of twelve and fifteen.
ABC Fans’ Favs Return
Among the shows returning for the upcoming season, are ABC favorites, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.;” and both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Also, the FBI drama, “Quantico;” fairytale lore, “Once Upon a Time;” comedies, “Modern Family,” “American Housewife,” and “The Goldbergs.”
The compelling drama, “Designated Survivor,” is coming back. ABC’s roster also includes these reality programs: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” currently in its 27th season, and “Shark Tank,” in its 8th.
ABC enjoys having nine of the top 20 programs for the 2016-17 season, according to Neilson. Numbers four and five are “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The Bachelor,” respectively. Holding the tied position of No. 7 are “Modern Family” and “Designated Survivor.” At No. 10 is “How to Get Away With Murder,” and No. 13 — “Scandal.” Tied for No. 19 are “‘black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Dancing With The Stars.”
By Cathy Milne
TV Guide: Dancing with the Stars Junior Will be a DWTS for Famous Kids
IMDb: Inhumans; Ten Days in the Valley
SPIN: ABC to Air Three-Hour Live Musical Special About the History of Rolling Stone
TV Line Media: The Little Mermaid Live! Musical/Movie Hybrid Event Set at ABC
Access Hollywood: ‘Roseanne’ Returning To ABC In 2018
ABC: Neilson Ratings for 2016-17 Season
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