The ABC fall premiere dates were announced today for new and returning series of the 2019 – 2020 season.
ABC‘s schedule starts with the return of TV’s preeminent competition series, Dancing with the Stars, on Monday, Sept. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). The Good Doctor resumes its residency one week later – Monday, Sept. 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, The Conners returns (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), followed by Bless This Mess at its new time (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT). Next, the black-ish universe expands with the series debut of mixed-ish (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), which tells the story of Rainbow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s; and black-ish launches its sixth season at its new time (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT). The night culminates with the series premiere of new drama Emergence, starring Allison Tolman as a police chief trying to unravel a mystery involving a young child (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
The Goldbergs kicks off the night on Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), followed by Schooled (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT); the historic, final season debut of Modern Family (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT); and the season two premiere of Single Parents (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT). The series premiere of new drama Stumptown, based on the graphic novel and starring Cobie Smulders, rounds out the night (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
The longest-running prime-time medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, launches its 16th season on Thursday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), followed by the season premieres of A Million Little Things (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) and How to Get Away with Murder (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
American Housewife bows on its new night and time, Friday, Sept. 27 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), followed by the season premiere of Fresh Off the Boat at its new time (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), and ABC News’ 20/20 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
On Sunday, Sept. 29, AFV launches its 30th season (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT). Shark Tank, dives into season 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT); followed by The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, which premieres on its new night and time (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
Sunday, Oct. 6, marks the series premiere of Kids Say the Darndest Things (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT). This fresh take on a TV classic is hosted and executive produced by comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish.
Premiere dates are listed below. All times listed are EDT, and new series are listed in bold.
MONDAY, SEPT. 16
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 28 premiere)
MONDAY, SEPT. 23
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor” (Season 3 premiere)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Conners” (Season 2 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Bless This Mess” (Season 2 premiere; new time)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “mixed-ish” (Series premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. “black-ish” (Season 6 premiere; new time)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Emergence” (Series premiere)
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (Season 7 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Schooled” (Season 2 premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family” (Season 11 premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. “Single Parents” (Season 2 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Stumptown” (Series premiere)
THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (Season 16 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “A Million Little Things” (Season 2 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 6 premiere)
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
8:00-8:30 p.m. “American Housewife” (Season 4 premiere; new day and time)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (Season 6 premiere; new time)
9:00-11:00 p.m. “20/20”
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29
7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Season 30 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (Season 11 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Rookie” (Season 2 premiere, new day and time)
SUNDAY, OCT. 6
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (Series premiere)
New series descriptions are below.
A character-driven genre thriller, “Emergence” is about a police chief who takes in a young child 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.
Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Paul McGuigan directs the pilot and is an executive producer. “Emergence” is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Cast: Allison Tolman as Jo, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Owain Yeoman as Benny, Ashley Aufderheide as Bree, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris, Zabryna Guevara as Abby with Donald Faison as Alex and Clancy Brown as Ed.
KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS
Comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish hosts and executive produces a new iteration of the classic variety show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The hilarious reimagined format showcases a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience. The series will capture Haddish’s unique voice and sensibility as she interacts with real kids – and their innocently entertaining points of view.
Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Anvil 1893 Entertainment, Inc. and She Ready Productions, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” is executive produced by Eric Schotz, Tiffany Haddish and Jack Martin.
In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.
Karen Gist, Peter Saji and Kenya Barris are writers and executive producers along with Tracee Ellis Ross, Randall Winston, Artists First (Brian Dobbins), Cinema Gypsy (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland) and Anthony Anderson. Anton Cropper directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul, Tika Sumpter as Alicia, Gary Cole as Harrison, Christina Anthony as Denise, Arica Himmel as Bow, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica and Ethan Childress as Johan.
Based on the graphic novel series, “Stumptown” follows Dex Parios – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.
Writer Jason Richman produces the series with Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad (The District), Greg Rucka (author of the “Stumptown” graphic novel series), Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood (illustrators of the “Stumptown” graphic novel series).
James Griffiths is an executive producer and directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Cast: Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Jake Johnson as Grey McConnell, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.