Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ABC's 2018-19 Schedule: Friday Comedy Block Revived; 'Roseanne' and 'The Good Doctor' Stay Put

ABC is the third broadcast network this week to present its schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Last year, the network had huge hits in drama (The Good Doctor), comedy (Roseanne) and reality (American Idol). And yet, it still finished in fourth place in the ratings due to a lack of football. Will it be able to change that this season?

ABC's Schedule for the 2018-19 Season:

        7-8PM: America's Funniest Home Videos (Season 29)
        8-9PM: Dancing With the Stars: Juniors (New Reality Show)
        9-10PM: Shark Tank (Season 10)
        10-11PM: The Alec Baldwin Show (New Talk Show)

        8-10PM: Dancing With the Stars (Season 27)
        10-11PM: The Good Doctor (Season 2)

        8-8:30PM: Roseanne (Season 11)
        8:30-9PM: The Kids Are Alright (New Comedy)
        9-9:30PM: Black-ish (Season 5)
        9:30-10PM: Splitting Up Together (Season 2)
        10-11PM: The Rookie (New Drama)

        8-8:30PM: The Goldbergs (Season 6)
        8:30-9PM: American Housewife (Season 3)
        9-9:30PM: Modern Family (Season 10)
        9:30-10PM: Single Parents (New Comedy)
        10-11PM: A Million Little Things (New Drama)

        8-9PM: Grey's Anatomy (Season 15)
        9-10PM: Station 19 (Season 2)
        10-11PM: How to Get Away With Murder (Season 5)

        8-8:30PM: Fresh Off the Boat (Season 5)
        8:30-9PM: Speechless (Season 3)
        9-10PM: Child Support (Season 2)
        10-11PM: 20/20

        8-11PM: Saturday Night Football

Absent from the schedule: new seasons of American Idol, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Bachelor and For the People as well as new series The Fix, Grand Hotel, Schooled and Whiskey Cavalier.

Even though producer Shonda Rhimes has moved to Netflix, ABC is still branding an entire night with her programming. That will continue for the entire next season as well because the network tentatively plans on having the second season of For the People replace How to Get Away With Murder after it wraps its latest season in March.

Furthermore, it was announced today that the upcoming sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which will only feature 13 episodes will be held until Summer 2019. And yet, the network currently isn't looking at it as the final season of the show. The delay also means the new season won't premiere until after the fourth Avengers movie debuts in movie theaters - and thus it won't have to deal with too many additional consequences from the events of Infinity War.

Trailers for the new shows as well as analysis of this schedule will be posted later today.