The Fall TV lineup: ABC Edition

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The Fall TV lineup: ABC Edition

As a television junkie, my favorite time of year is when Game of Thrones comes out. Actually, that’s kind of true…or maybe The Walking Dead…or Shameless. Well, you get the point. Really though, it’s in the fall. I love autumn leaves and pumpkin and all that jazz. I also love checking out the new TV shows, because let’s face it, I only have about 300 or so on my Netflix queue waiting for me to watch and/or catch up on. I need more! So I made the painstaking trek through all of the new fall and midseason shows that would be coming out on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC so you wouldn’t have to.

These are broken up by network and trailers are included if they were available. Once all of the shows have been listed, a network schedule is included so you know when to watch your favorite shows. And don’t forget to let me know what you’ll be watching!

Here is the best that ABC has to offer this coming fall. You can check the other networks at the links above or on the final page of this post!

American Housewife

Airs: Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC

Stars: Katie Mixon (Mike & Molly), Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), Ali Wong (Black Box)

Premise: Katie Otto is a brash and unapologetic mother of three raising her family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut. The only problem for Katie is that Westport is filled with “perfect” families and hers is anything but.


My Thoughts: In a world where fat shaming is apparently funny, we’re given a knock-off Roseanne living in a rich neighborhood. She’s not particularly fat, but in a neighborhood where women are robots that wear two (yes, two) Fitbits and live off green smoothies, Katie is the second fattest housewife in Westport. We know this, not only because it’s in the trailer, but it was the actual name of the series, before ABC was smart enough to realize that someone might have a problem with that. Katie has two “normal” kids that fit in too well and a third in “therapy” who needs to fit in better. Lord help me. This is being cancelled, right? What ABC should have done was pair this with Dr. Ken so all of the sexist, women-hating drivel could appear in a one-hour chunk.


Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on ABC

Stars: Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Eddie Cahill (Under the Dome), Shawn Ashmore (The Following), Merrin Dungey (Once Upon A Time), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Manny Montana (Graceland)

Premise: Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison takes a job offered by her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, so she can avoid jail time for cocaine possession and not risk hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Her team is the new Conviction Integrity Unit, which will allow her to use her brilliant mind to overturn cases where there is a credible suspicion of wrongful conviction.


My Thoughts: I admit it, I would watch Haley Atwell in a tampon commercial. I think she is beautiful, strong, capable, and underutilized. I was very sad (I’m still mourning) that Agent Carter will not be returning, but I am happy to see that she already has a potentially successful new vehicle. I love the idea of this show. It’s a common-enough theme to succeed while offering something new to the game. The cast is both superb and diverse. ABC has been known to cancel things not run by Shonda, so I’m crossing my fingers that this will be the exception because the trailer looks amazing. I’m definitely ready for this one!

Designated Survivor

Airs: Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Natascha McElhone (Californication), Maggie Q (Stalker), Kal Penn (How I Met Your Mother), Adan Canto (The Following), Italia Ricci (Supergirl), LaMonica Garrett (Sons of Anarchy), Tanner Buchanan (The Fosters)

Premise: Tom Kirkman is a low-level cabinet member that suddenly becomes president when there is a massive attack on Washington. He struggles to adjust with his family and his new role as what is sure to become one of the hardest presidencies in history.


My Thoughts: Yes! I am so excited about this show. Good political dramas can be hard to come by and this one looks like it has all the makings of something amazing. I love the cast ensemble, but more than that, I love that this is a topic that isn’t commonly done on TV. It’s nice to see something different for a change. If the writing is solid, I think this one will be a winner. And with ABC’s cancelation track record, I think a mix of a good show and a great cast like this will ensure that this show actually gets a second season.

Downward Dog

Airs: Midseason

Stars: Allison Tolman (Fargo), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope)

Premise: Nan is a struggling millennial and Martin (the narrator) is her lonely and occasionally philosophical dog. They are the perfect couple for one another because even at their worst, they are the best thing the other has going for them.


My Thoughts: If the timing is right, I think there might be a little hope here. I wasn’t expecting to like it. The synopsis didn’t do much for me. I actually liked the trailer though. I found it to be charming, witty, and much different than I expected. I think I’ll give this one a try when it comes out.

Imaginary Mary

Airs: Midseason

Stars: Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Stephen Schneider (You’re the Worst), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live)

Premise: Alice is an independent career woman who doesn’t need to get married or have children to be complete. So, it comes as such as shock when she falls in love with a man that is a father to three kids that her imaginary friend has to return to set her straight!


My Thoughts: Rachel Dratch is the one hope for this ridiculous looking comedy. We’ve seen the person scared by kids’ comedy, it’s just usually done with a man being afraid of the kids. So, I guess that means this is somehow updated. It’s basically the coming of age story of a woman learning how to love the kids she never wanted, because they belong to the man she told herself she’d never need. Viewers deserve more. I’m skipping this one.


Airs: Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC

Stars: Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Daniel Sunjata (Graceland), Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint), J. August Richards (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights)

Premise: Inspired by the lives of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the drama examines the daily news cycle and the relationship that occurs between the media and criminal law.


My Thoughts: I love that this offers a look at how media influences viewers, whether it’s in a criminal setting (like the show will be) or in general. I have no doubt that as long as the writing is good, this will be a fun show to watch. The trailer was pretty strong, though it dropped off in energy a little towards the end before picking back up for a decent finish. ABC loves canceling Freshman dramas, so it’s hard to say whether this will be around next year. I’ll watch a few episodes and see where it goes.


Airs: Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC

Stars: Minnie Driver (The Riches), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Mason Cook (The Goldbergs), Micah Fowler (Labor Day), Kyla Kennedy (The Walking Dead), Cedric Yarbrough (The Goldbergs)

Premise: Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission. She will do anything she has to do to take care of her husband Jimmy, and her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ. JJ, her eldest, has cerebral palsy which leads to Maya fighting injustices to ensure that her family has a home, a good life, and that JJ has a chance at being treated just like everyone else.


My Thoughts: I am sure the writers that wrote the synopsis for Speechless meant well, but the idea that they are helping to ensure that the disabled kid is given a “voice” made me hate this from the moment I read it. The trailer wasn’t nearly as bad. In fact, I think that the show can offer a few teachable, relatable moments. I particularly liked the part where JJ’s ramp was the garbage ramp and the principal didn’t understand the problem with that. It reminded me of a time when a movie theater moved the trashcan in a non-accessible theater so that Dom could sit there. They too, didn’t see a problem with that. It’s the little things. While I’m still straddling the fence on this one I might watch a few episodes before I decide.

Still Star-Crossed

Airs: Midseason

Stars: Wade Briggs (Home and Away), Anthony Head (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer), Zuleikha Robinson (The Following), Sterling Sulieman (Pretty Little Liars), Medalion Rahimi (The Catch), Grant Bowler (Defiance), Susan Wooldridge (Hope and Glory), Torrance Coombs (Reign), Dan Hildebrand (Deadwood)

Premise: Based on the Melinda Taub book, the newest Shondaland drama takes place directly after Romeo and Juliet have met their end. The show will follow the Montagues and Capulets as Verona tries to pick up the pieces and move on after the tragic loss of these two star-crossed lovers. The series will chart the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.


My Thoughts: I haven’t read the book this is based on, which is sometimes better when you’re watching something with original source material. The trailer definitely looks like it has the ability to fill something lacking on TV. You have that historical period piece meets romance mixed with a good amount of treachery. Sign me up. I’m going to check this one out, even if I have concerns about the longevity that a series like this would be able to offer.

Time After Time

Airs: Sundays at 9/8c midseason on ABC

Stars: Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince), Josh Bowman (Revenge), Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Theft)

Premise: Based on the novel and movie, H.G. Wells ends up being transported to current-day Manhattan to catch Jack the Ripper. Once Wells arrives in New York he finds a world that he never imagined could be possible and a young woman that holds his attention more than any other.


My Thoughts: This will get some viewers just off of the Wells/Ripper storyline. I can see this lasting for at least the full season, and I might watch it. I don’t know how it will continue long after that unless the writers have a plan for expansion. Due to the time jump thing it has a Sleepy Hollow feel to it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll check out an episode or two and see where it goes.

Fall ABC Schedule


7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
Season 27 premiere: October 2

8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
Season 6 premiere: September 25

9:00 p.m. Secrets and Lies
Season 2 premiere: September 25

10:00 p.m. Quantico
Season 2 premiere: September 25


8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars
Season 23 premiere: September 12

10:00 p.m. Conviction
Series premiere: October 3


8:00 p.m. The Middle (new day/time)
Season 8 premiere: October 11

8:30 p.m. American Housewife
Series premiere: October 11

9:00 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (new time)
Season 3 premiere: October 11

9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (new time)
Season 2 premiere: October 11

10:00 p.m. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (new time)
Season 4 premiere: September 20



8:00 p.m. The Goldbergs (new time)
Season 4 premiere: September 21

8:30 p.m. Speechless
Series premiere: September 21

9:00 p.m. Modern Family
Season 8 premiere: September 21

9:30 p.m. blackish
Season 3 premiere: September 21

10:00 p.m. Designated Survivor
Series premiere: September 21


8:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
Season 13 premiere: September 22

9:00 p.m. Notorious
Series premiere: September 22

10:00 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder
Season 3 premiere: September 22


8:00 p.m. Last Man Standing
Season 6 premiere: September 23

8:30 p.m. Dr. Ken
Season 2 premiere: September 23

9:00 p.m. Shark Tank
Season 8 premiere: September 23

10:00 p.m. 20/20


8:00 p.m. Saturday Night Football

Find out whats on this Fall on: CBS, CW, FOX, NBC

Ashtyn Law is a freelance writer living in Ohio. Focusing on film, she spends much of her days watching and analyzing film and television and also writing screenplays.

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