ABC’s Fall 2016 Schedule

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abc fall schedule 2016

On Tuesday (May 17), ABC unveiled its schedule for the 2016-2017 television season.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes the move to the 10pm slot on Tuesday. While Agent Carter got the ax, look for Hayley Atwell to return in Conviction. The network also cancelled Nashville and Castle. Secrets and Lies will now premiere its second season this fall along with new series Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland. Scandal has been pushed to midseason due to Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy. New comedies for the all are American Housewife and Speechless.

Here’s the ABC fall schedule:

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. — Dancing with the Stars
10:00 p.m. — Conviction

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. — The Middle
8:30 p.m. — American Housewife
9:00 p.m. — Fresh Off the Boat
9:30 p.m. — The Real O’Neals
10:00 p.m. — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

WEDNESDAY
8:00 p.m. — The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. — Speechless
9:00 p.m. — Modern Family
9:30 p.m. — black-ish
10:00 p.m. — Designated Survivor

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

FRIDAY
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

SATURDAY
Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY
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

Not Returning: The Astronauts Wives Club, Blood and Oil, Castle, The Family, Galavant, Marvel’s Agent Carter, The Muppets, Nashville, Of Kings and Prophets, Rookie Blue, The Whispers and Wicked City.

New Shows:

American Housewife

Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.  She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport. 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.

Speechless

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, her 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 Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

Conviction

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, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel DiTomasso as Jackson Morrison.

Designated Survivor

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower 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

“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. Stars Piper Parabo and Daniel Sunjata.

Downward Dog (midseason)

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.

Imaginary Mary (midseason)

Alice (Jenna Elfman) has her life turned upside-down when she ‘stupidly’ falls for the love of her life Ben (Stephen Schneider)— an adorable, quick-witted divorced father with three kids. But when she ignores her fears of commitment and her ability to mother, Imaginary Mary, her childhood invention (voiced by Rachel Dratch), comes back to life to express Alice’s deepest fears and add more chaos to the situation.

Still Star-Crossed (midseason)

“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. “Still Star Crossed” stars Wade Briggs (“Home and Away”) as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch (“The 7.39”) as Rosaline,  Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence.

Time After Time (midseason)

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.

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