ABC’s fall schedule: A ‘Wonder Years’ remake, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and some ‘Queens’

ABC on Tuesday unveiled a new TV season full of dancing, romance, fun and games and just two new series to entice viewers fleeing broadcast television for streaming services.

In contrast to its network rivals, eight hours – more than a third of its 22 in total – will be devoted to unscripted reality series this fall, including “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Bachelorette,” without longtime host Chris Harrison. 

But ABC also continues its four-comedy lineup on Wednesdays (NBC has none), with a remake of “The Wonder Years,” centered on a Black middle-class family in 1960s Montgomery, Alabama and spring tryout “Home Economics,” one of just two freshman series that earned renewals. (The other, popular mystery “Big Sky,” inherits the post-“Grey’s Anatomy” time slot on Thursdays.)

ABC's remake of 1988-93 nostalgic comedy 'The Wonder Years' remains set in the 1960s but is now set in Montgomery, Alabama, and a Black middle-class family through the lens of 12-year-old Dean (Elisha Williams, in baseball uniform.) Also stars (from left), Laura Kariuki, Allen Maldonado, Saycon Sengbloh and Dule Hill. (Photo: Erika Doss, ABC)

“Black-ish” will air its eighth and final season early next year, although its prequel spinoff “Mixed-ish” has been canceled after two seasons.  Also due in 2022: “American Idol” and two new comedies  “Abbott Elementary,” about the dedicated staff of a Philadelphia public school; and “Maggie,” starring Rebecca Rittenhouse as a psychic who’s chastened when she sees a glimpse of her own future.

Also due next spring is “Women of the Movement,” a fact-based limited series about Mamie Till-Mobley, who seeks justice in 1955 for the murder of her son Emmett Till.  All told, three of next season’s five announced new scripted series – including both new fall projects – feature predominantly Black casts.

Other cancellations were this spring’s drama “Rebel,” starring Katey Sagal as a crusading lawyer; jailhouse legal drama “For Life”; sitcom “American Housewife,” after five seasons; and “Call Your Mother,” a short-lived comedy starring Kyra Sedgwick. 

In 'Queens,' four fortysomething members of a former hip-hop group reunites in a quest to recapture their fame. Stars (from left) Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez. (Photo: Kimberly Simms, ABC)

ABC’s fall schedule

Monday: 8, “Dancing with the Stars”; 10, “The Good Doctor”

Tuesday: 8, “The Bachelorette”; 10, “Queens”

Wednesday: 8, “The Goldbergs”; 8:30,”The Wonder Years”; 9, “The Conners”; 9:30, “Home Economics”; 10, “A Million Little Things”

Thursday: 8, “Station 19”; 9, “Grey’s Anatomy”; 10, “Big Sky”

Friday: 8, “Shark Tank”; 9, “20/20”

Saturday: 8, “Saturday Night Football”

Sunday: 7, “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; 8, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”; 9, “Supermarket Sweep”; 10, “The Rookie”

All times EDT/PDT (new shows in bold; new time slots in italics)

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