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Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall

From PromaxBDA: Unlike NBC and Fox, which took the modest approach, ABC has announced a particularly aggressive fall 2018 primetime line-up. The alphabet net will feature six new series this fall — comedies “The Kids Are Alright” and “Single Parents;” dramas “The Rookie” and “A Million Little Things;” “Dancing With the Stars Juniors;” and talker “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The changes impact four nights of the week, excluding MondayThursday andSaturday.

In midseason, an additional four scripted series – dramas “The Fix,” “Grand Hotel” and “Whisky Cavalier;” and “The Goldbergs” spin-off “Schooled” – will be introduced. In total, that is 10 new series: five dramas, three comedies and two non-scripted for ABC in 2018-19.

Particularly ambitious is the return of the “TGIF” comedy brand care of the relocation of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” in the Friday 8 p.m. hour, which will face sitcoms “Last Man Standing” and “The Cool Kids” on Fox. Those will lead into returning game show “Child Support,” hosted by Fred Savage and featuring Ricky Gervais.

Sunday, meanwhile, is a night of all non-scripted fare to compete with “SundayNight Football” on NBC, including “Dancing With the Stars Juniors” at 8 p.m.out of veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Alec Baldwin Show” at 10 p.m. out of “Shark Tank.”

Returning in midseason will be “American Idol” and sophomore legal drama “For the People,” which will replace “How to Get Away With Murder” and keeps the night of all Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas intact. Summer 2019 will feature 13 new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which will take it into season six.

Current fare not returning next season includes fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” and recently introduced dramas “The Crossing” and “Deception.” Sitcom “The Middle” concludes its nine-season run next Tuesday.

For an analysis of ABC’s fall 2018 primetime line-up and a look at the schedule grid, click here

-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”Click here

-NBC to Launch 3 New Series This Fall, 9 Total: Click here

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.