ABC set its lineup for the 2017-18 television season last week. Among the new schedule, Once Upon A Time will get a major overhaul following the exits of key cast members for season seven, while Roseanne will return for an 8-episode revival.
— ABC beat out Netflix for the rights to the Roseanne revival. Roseanne Barr, John Goodman (as a very much still alive Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (DJ) and Lucy Goranson (Becky) will all be back. Sarah Chalke (the second Becky) will also be back, but as someone else.
— There will be an “live/animated” hybrid of The Little Mermaid special this fall.
— Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. received a full season pickup (22 episodes) and will debut once Marvel’s Inhuman wraps up its 8-episode run.
— Quantico will return in midseason.
— There will be a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff planned for midseason, which will focus on a Seattle fire dept.
— ABC won rights to an American Idol revival. No word yet if Ryan Seacrest will return as host. It’ll air at midseason.
— Yara Shahidi‘s black-ish spinoff, which will see Zoey head off to college, has been picked up by Freeform. No word yet if college-ish will be picked up by ABC Spark in Canada.
My (New) Picks: Marvel’s Inhumans, The Gospel of Kevin, Roseanne, Splitting Up Together and Alex, Inc.
ABC’s Fall 2017 Schedule:
8pm — Dancing with the Stars
10pm — The Good Doctor
8pm — The Middle
8:30pm — Fresh off the Boat
9pm — blackish
9:30pm — The Mayor
10pm — The Gospel of Kevin
8pm — The Goldbergs
8:30pm — Speechless
9pm — Modern Family
9:30 — American Housewife
10pm — Designated Survivor
8pm — Grey’s Anatomy
9pm — Scandal
10pm — How to Get Away With Murder
8pm — Once Upon a Time
9pm — Marvel’s Inhumans
10pm — 20/20
Saturday Night Football
7pm — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8pm — To Tell the Truth
9pm — Shark Tank
10pm — Ten Days in the Valley
Not Returning: The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Mistresses, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies and Time After Time.
Midseason: American Idol, Quantico, Roseanne, The Crossing, Deception, For the People, Splitting Up Together, Untitled Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff, Alex Inc.
Alex, Inc. (Comedy — Midseason)
Logline: Alex Schuman is an inquisitive journalist, husband and father who dives headfirst into the brave new world of entrepreneurship when he quits his stable job and starts his own business. Based on the podcast.
Cast: Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Michael Imperioli, Hillary Anne Mathews, Chris Sacca
The Mayor (Comedy)
Logline: When an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
Cast: Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown
Roseanne (Comedy — Revival)
Logline: The Connors family returns in eight-episode limited series.
Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke
Splitting Up Together (Comedy — Midseason)
Logline: The story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Based on the 2016 Danish series.
Cast: Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Bobby Lee, Diane Farr, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, Sander Thomas
The Crossing (Drama — Midseason)
Logline: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
Cast: Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Rob Campbell, Jay Karnes, Simone Kessell, Grant Harvey, Tommy Bastow, John D’Leo, Kelley Missal, Marcuis W. Harris
Deception (Drama – Midseason)
Logline: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.
Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins, Vinnie Jones
For the People (Drama)
Logline: Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
Cast: Britne Olford, Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Anna Deavere Smith
The Good Doctor (Drama)
Logline: A young surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: Can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Richard Schiff, Beau Garrett
The Gospel of Kevin (Drama)
Logline: Kevin is a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
Cast: Jason Ritter, Cristela Alonzo, India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra, Chloe East, J. August Richards
Marvel’s Inhumans (Drama)
Logline: The Inhumans are a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, and the TV series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Cast: Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, Ellen Woglom
Ten Days in the Valley (Drama)
Logline: Jane Sadler is an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art, everything’s a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted.
Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, Erika Christensen, Felix Solis, Kick Gurry
Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff (Drama — Midseason)
Logline: Follows a group of heroic Seattle firefighters — from the captain to the newest recruit. These brave men and women risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.