Upfronts: Three New Fall Shows on ABC

ABC_logo_2007Stressing consistency, ABC named only three new fall shows for its 2019-2020 prime time schedule, with two more dramas and a comedy set for midseason.

At least one of the new shows paid heed to the current roster, with “mixed-ish” playing off the ground paved by “black-ish,” returning for its sixth season.

For late night, ABC extended its contract with Jimmy Kimmel to a 20th season (he’s currently in his 17th). And it was announced that the upcoming 11th season of “Modern Family” will be its last.

The new ABC dramas are:

  • “Emergence” — About a police chief who takes in a mysterious child and becomes embroiled in a larger conspiracy. Allison Tolman (“Fargo”) stars, with Alexa Swinton, Donald Faison and Clancy Brown. From Michele Fazes and Tara Butters. Tuesdays this fall.
  • “Stumptown” — Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) stars as an Army vet turned private detective, in the series based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Greg Rucka, who produces alongside Ruben Fleisher and David Bernad (“The District”). With camryn Mannheim and Michael Ealy. Wednesdays this fall.
  • “The Baker and the Beauty” — Victor Rasuk stars as a baker from a Cuban family who gets involved with an international superstar (Nathalie Kelley). With Dan Bucatinsky and Michelle Veintimilla. Midseason.
  • “For Life” — A serialized legal drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, representing other inmates while fighting his own conviction, with Nicholas Pinnock, Indira varma and Joy Bryant, from a production team that includes Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

The new comedies are:

  • “mixed-ish” — From the group that brought you “black-ish” — as well as a few of its stars ( Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderso and Lawrence Fishburne) produce a comedy about the experience of a young woman (Arica Himmel) rowing p in a mixed-race family in the 80s. With Tika Sumpter and Gary Cole. Tuesdays this fall.
  • “United We Fall” — Will Sasso and Christina Vidal star as parents of two young kids alongside a live-in mother (Jane Curtin). Midseason.

The long list of returning shows include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Conners,” “A Million Little Things,” “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.”

Not returning to the schedule are “The Kids Are Alright,” “Speechless,” “Splitting Up Together” and “Whiskey Cavalier.”

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