ABC Announces 2016-2017 Fall Schedule


ABC today announced its offerings for the 2016-2017 TV season, and once again, we have Coming Soon’s in-depth guide and summary of all the new shows.  I watch three shows on ABC: Agents of SHIELD, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy (I grew up in Seattle so it feels homey…..DON’T JUDGE ME!!).  That actually makes it tied with The CW for the most shows I watch on a network.  With cable dramas nabbing better writers and better stars and fewer broadcast restrictions to work around, there may be a day soon when I don’t watch anything on broadcast TV except the Olympics.  ABC’s fall line-up certainly doesn’t make me want to alter my plans or explain why they canceled Agent Carter.  I might give Kiefer Sutherland’s show a try, but how long can they keep that conceit going?  Take a look at the whole shebang and plan your nights this fall accordingly:


ABC today announced its 2016-17 slate of programming, including the addition of nine new series. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, in New York City.

New series American Housewife, Conviction, Designated Survivor, Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary, Notorious, Speechless, Still Star-Crossed and Time After Time will join the ABC 2016 – 2017 lineup.

Fan favorites The Catch, Dr. Ken, Last Man Standing and The Real O’Neals will also return to the schedule, joining previously announced America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, Scandal, Secrets and Lies, Shark Tank and 20/20.

Ten-time Emmy-nominated limited series American Crime, created and executive produced by Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), returns. Additionally, When We Rise, created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, Big Love, J. Edgar), will air as a limited series event during the year. Dirty Dancing, a three-hour filmed musical event; Ali: The Champion(wt), a special honoring boxing legend Mohammed Ali; and an all-new special from David Blaine following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic were announced today.

ABC 2016 Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the ABC 2016-17 season.

The ABC 2016 – 2017 fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold:

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. “Conviction”

8:00 p.m. “The Middle” (new day/time)
8:30 p.m. “American Housewife”
9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time)
9:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (new time)

8:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (new time)
8:30 p.m. “Speechless”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “black-ish”
10:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00 p.m. “Notorious”
10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”
8:30 p.m. “Dr. Ken”
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00 p.m. “Secrets and Lies”
10:00 p.m. “Quantico”




Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

In addition to Atwell, “Conviction” stars Eddie Cahill as Wayne Wallis, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Sullivan, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Barton, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel di Tomasso as Jackson Morrison.


Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Maggie Q as Hannah Watts, Kal Penn as Seth Wheeler, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as James Ritter, and Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman.


“Notorious” is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh Berman (“Blacklist,” “Bones,” “CSI”) is writer and executive producer, and Allie Hagan (“Suri’s Burn Book”) is writer and co-executive producer.

“Notorious” stars Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) as Julia George, Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland”) as Jake Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as Megan Byrd, Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Ryan Guzman as Ryan, Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian and Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin.


“Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book by Melinda Taub.



Based on the novel and movie “Time After Time,” executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise, “Dawson’s Creek”) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.

The series stars Freddie Stroma (“Harry Potter” films) as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman (“Revenge”) as John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper, Genesis Rodriguez (“Big Hero 6”) as Jane and Regina Taylor (“Dig”) as Vanessa Anders.




Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.

The series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Jeff Otto, Johnny Sequoyah as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Harrison, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.



Based on the web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Emmy-nominated Allison Tolman, “Fargo”), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst they may be the best thing for each other.

The series stars Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim. Samm Hodges is the voice of Martin.



Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg,” “Friends With Benefits,” “EDtv”) is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

The series stars Jenna Elfman as Alice, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora and Erica Tremblay as Bunny.



Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, “About a Boy,” “The Riches,” “Good Will Hunting”) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

“Speechless” stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.


THE CATCH (Season 2)

In Shondaland’s “The Catch,” Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos) is LA’s top private investigator – and the one woman you don’t want to mess with. But when her fiancé, Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause), conned her out of millions, Alice went on a private mission for payback. As Alice and Ben continue their game of cat and mouse, they realize the love between them is real, even if their worlds are destined to keep them apart.

DR. KEN (Season 2)

Ken is a cranky but loveable HMO doctor juggling medicine and parenting who realizes that even when he’s right, his unorthodox approach is often wrong. Allison, his wife and therapist, helps keep him in check while juggling responsibilities with their two kids – Dave, their youngest, is always making things interesting with his quirky attitude, plus their teenage daughter, Molly, keeping them on their toes. Meanwhile at the clinic, Dr. Ken’s loyal, but oh-so-irritating staff, includes Damona, the sharp-tongued receptionist; Clark, a faithful nurse who is a confidante and partner-in-crime; Julie, a sweet, naive resident who’s relentless optimism and quest for romance are a constant source of curiosity and irritation; and Pat, the hospital administrator, who never misses a chance to put the screws to Dr. Ken and his staff.

“Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly.


Tim Allen returns for a sixth season as Mike Baxter in “Last Man Standing.” New challenges greet Mike as he continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to test his ideas on just about everything he strongly believes in.

“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christophe Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.


The half-hour comedy returns for a second season, as the O’Neal family continues its journey of self-discovery and growth, resulting from Kenny coming out. Kenny’s parents, Eileen and Pat, continue to deal with their pending divorce while still living under the same roof. The O’Neals will continue to explore new relationships, friendships and acceptance of one another in the next, messier chapter of their lives.

“The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matt Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.



The ABC News primetime newsmagazine “20/20” has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 38th anniversary this season, “20/20” continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews, and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. For more than three decades, “20/20” has offered viewers reports and stories that have changed lives.


AMERICAN CRIME (Limited Series – Season 3)

Critically acclaimed limited series “American Crime,” nominated for 10 Emmys and winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King, returns for its third season and will feature a new crime committed in a different setting, as told through the eyes of those affected.

WHEN WE RISE (Limited Series Event)

“When We Rise” chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

Written and created by Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), the limited series event stars Guy Pearce as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker as women’s rights leader Roma Guy and Rachel Griffiths as her wife, social justice activist Diane. Also starring are Austin McKenzie as Younger Cleve Jones, Emily Skeggs as Younger Roma Guy, Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken Jones, and Fiona Dourif as Younger Diane.


“Dirty Dancing,” the global pop-cultural phenomenon, becomes a three-hour filmed musical event this season on the ABC Television Network. An adaptation of the beloved 1987 romantic drama and instant music classic, “Dirty Dancing” will be produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions, executive produced by Allison Shearmur (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Hunger Games” franchise; “Cinderella”); Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie; and Grammy Award-nominee Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”), who also serves as executive music producer. Wayne Blair (“The Sapphires,” “Septembers of Shiraz”) is the director, and Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton,” “Bring It On,” “In the Heights”) is the choreographer.


David Blaine returns to ABC for his final primetime special to follow-up his critically acclaimed ratings smash “David Blaine: Real or Magic,” with a groundbreaking new primetime event. The special reunites Blaine with Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Akers, who helmed “David Blaine: Real or Magic,” and is executive produced by David Blaine, along with Justin Wilkes and Dave O’Connor for Radical Media.

ALI: THE CHAMPION (working title)

An athlete, a humanitarian, and a civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali will be honored for his goodwill efforts that have impacted individuals from different walks of life around the world. In a new, two-hour special featuring live musical performances, his closest friends and contemporaries, admirers come together to celebrate the man who’s known the world over as simply The Greatest. The project is executive produced by Ron Weisner.

4 thoughts on “ABC Announces 2016-2017 Fall Schedule”

  1. Hmmm.

    Time After Time is one of those books I always meant to read, and one of those movies I always meant to watch, but this concept doesn’t seem ideal for an open-ended episodic show. I assume that ABC has things planned out really far in advance, though. They didn’t throw a dart that landed on “Time After Time.” Someone must have a vision.

    A series about a crusade against wrongful convictions is such an obvious and inspired idea that with the benefit of hindsight, I’m surprised it’s never been done. But I am mystified by the Shakespeare show. Not because it’s a bad idea, but because it’s called “Still Star-Crossed,” which is the worst title I’ve ever heard. OK, there’s actually more to it than that. Instead of taking place after “Romeo and Juliet,” it should have been set before, during, and then, finally, after the events of the play.

    Imaginary Mary was already done 25 years ago. It was a terrible movie called “Drop Dead Fred.” But if they were actually rebooting Drop Dead Fred, that would somehow be worse. And these days, when an idea has only been done once before, that’s pretty close to an original idea.

    ABC loses points for using the word “sexy” twice within their first three show descriptions. But it matters not. This is the weakest of the three lineups you’ve posted thus far. Thank God there’s so much quality TV I need to catch up on, because this roster is just not exciting. It’s not bad, mind you, it’s just kind of there. TV for the sake TV.


    1. There’s not a MUST SEE show among the first three network unveilings. I can’t say I’m surprised. More and more the shows I watch are all on cable. USA has the two strongest summer shows in Suits and Mr. Robot. I just watched the first season of The Expanse on SyFy and it may be the best SciFi since Battlestar. Giving Showtime’s Penny Dreadful a try now. I don’t even have TV service any more. I just read reviews, decide what I want to try and either get the box sets or stream it. The BBC has a great show called The Peaky Blinders that stars Cillian Murphy that’s available on Netflix and it’s third season will go up in two weeks. The best broadcast drama is The Blacklist by far and away. Modern Family is dwindling, but it’s still the best sitcom on network TV. People seem to want predictable pablum like CSI, NCIS, Chicago (insert blank), and so on and they don’t demand more of the networks because they all know where the good stuff is. I think Lost was the last great drama of epic scale to air on network TV. I don’t think there will ever be another. AMC, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon, SyFy: these are the places where original programming is being made.


      1. No one needs a TV service anymore, and everyone knows it. I frankly wonder why I’m hanging on. And speaking of streaming… did you ever try to sit down and watch Twin Peaks? It’s OK if you did and didn’t like it. You won’t hurt my feelings. But with the show being revived in 2017, there’s enough time for everyone to watch the existing 30 episodes, and no excuse not to. It’s the best hour long drama in TV history IMO.


  2. I’m really disappointed by the way The Muppets turned out BTW. I can’t say I’m surprised though. There’s a reason the Muppets have fought so hard to find a wide audience in the long years since Henson’s death. Henson walked such a fine line. His touch was so unique, his balancing act so adept. Plus the show runners did not quite get the characters. When Gonzo, that bastion of insane self-confidence, pretended he was someone else online, I knew the show was a lost cause. Maybe it’s ridiculous to demand that a show be 100% faithful to the personalities of a bunch of puppets, but like a lot of people I grew up with the puppets, and ridiculous or not, I went into the show with an emotional investment.

    Man does our civilization need the Muppets to get their act together. The Muppets are just as crazy as the rest of the world, but Muppet Insanity is actually healthy. A really good Labyrinth sequel won’t hurt either.

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