Executives from CNN, ABC News, E.W. Scripps, Gray and Yahoo say the 2020 election provides them an opportunity to build on the audiences surges they’ve seen on their streaming platforms since the pandemic.
Come for the awards, stay for the suspense of the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live — but socially distanced — broadcast amid the coronavirus pandemic. “What could possibly go wrong?” Ian Stewart said drolly as he and fellow executive producer Reginald Hudlin detailed their efforts to celebrate TV’s best without a theater audience or red-carpet glamour and with daunting technical challenges.
Having previously released an early fall schedule that is chockablock with reality-TV and game shows — and then some mid-fall sitcom premiere dates — ABC now has lifted the curtain on its later fall plan, which launches new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things and other returning dramas.
The breakout series starring Cobie Smulders, which was renewed for a second season in May, will not be going forward with the Season 2 order. The studio behind the show, ABC Signature, plans to shop it and find a new home for it.
To little surprise, ABC has opted to cancel the multicamera family comedy after one season. The series, a co-production between Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, had a late summer burn-off and wrapped its eight-episode run in August with 3 million same-day total viewers.
CBS and ABC suffered lower primetime scatter pricing in the spring and summer 2020 periods due to the cancellation or postponement of major sports events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both networks see typically higher pricing levels during those periods.
ABC will begin adding a handful scripted offerings to its wonky coronavirus-compromised fall rollout next month. The network has announced that its entire Wednesday night sitcom block — which will now consist of The Goldbergs, American Housewife, The Conners and Black-ish — will be back in late October.
ABC’s Black-ish will air a pair of special episodes — one of them animated — in early October prior to its official premiere later in the fall. The hourlong special will focus on the upcoming election, with Junior (Marcus Scribner) embarking on his journey as a first-time voter and Dre (Anthony Anderson) exploring local politics. Both the live-action and animated portions of the special will be directed by Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love).
In an unusual television season marked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has kept production mostly at a standstill, ABC is rolling out a fall schedule that so far only includes unscripted series, though the network plans to announce scripted premiere dates in the near future.
Sara Haines will be returning to The View in September as a co-host for Season 24 of the ABC daytime talk show. Haines, 42, is no stranger to the Hot Topics table. She served as a View co-host for two seasons — from the fall of 2016 through the summer of 2018 — where she offered her takes on the headlines of the day, pop culture and celebrities. Prior to The View, Haines was a lifestyle anchor for GMA Weekend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network. “I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves,” series creator Kenya Barris posted Monday on social media. Barris said he […]
ABC game show The $100,000 Pyramid is returning to the studio in the last week of August. The Michael Strahan-hosted series shoots in New York and it is thought that it is one of the first major non-scripted entertainment shows to return to the studio in New York, where Strahan shoots Good Morning America.
Broadcasters are prepared to stick with their remote production workflows for the long haul as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight. A TVNewsCheck webinar last week found they’re continuing to try to bring as much of the studio into staffers’ homes as possible, not only for anchors and reporters but producers, director, editors and graphic artists, too.
ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced that the 2020 American Music Awards will return on Nov. 22, though it’s unclear in what format or whether an audience will be present. The show promises to feature marquee performances and celebrate the top artists across multiple genres.
The supermodel, actor and businesswoman who co-created America’s Next Top Model will replace longtime Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer, ABC said late Tuesday.
The longtime and original host of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars took to Twitter on Monday to reveal that the veteran reality competition series will be continuing without him when it returns for its 29th season. Co-host Erin Andrews, who has been with the series since 2014, is also not returning.
ABC is bringing back The Wonder Years, putting in development a new take from Empire creator Lee Daniels, that will shift the focus to a Black middle class family in Alabama. The new version will be directed and executive produced by Fred Savage, who starred as Kevin Arnold in the original series.
Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93. He had a hand in launching such shows as Jeopardy, Let’s Make a Deal and Good Morning America.
The network is picking up the cast options for the five projects that it has committed to producing this year through to Sept. 30. They are dramas Rebel, starring Katey Sagal and Andy Garcia and Delroy Lindo’s Harlem’s Kitchen, as well as comedies Bossy, which was formerly known as Kids Matter Now, Topher Grace’s Home Economics and Work Wife. Rolled over into next year’s development season are Adopted, National Parks Service, which was formerly known as ISB and Triage.
ABC’s General Hospital is joining fellow daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless in setting a target date for return to production. ABC is tentatively planning to resume shooting its long-running soap in mid-July contingent on the CIVID-19 situation in Los Angeles, which has been fluid.
The latenight host also says waiting to say something about the impersonation “was a mistake.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With cries for equality and justice ringing in the streets, a petition drive to rescue a canceled television series may seem inconsequential. But among the advocates for ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty,” felled by its ratings after one season, are those who value it as an entertaining and affirmative depiction […]
Black-ish has been moved back up for a fall premiere, taking the place of the new Kari Lizer comedy Call Your Mother. Black-ish will now air at 8:30 p.m. following The Goldbergs, with American Housewife moving to 9:30 p.m. The Conners and Stumptown remain at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively.
Cop dramas have been under the microscope following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against police brutality. ABC’s The Rookie, which stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, is taking steps to address these issues as it heads into season three. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said that creator Alexi Hawley has brought in a number of experts to discuss the issues around policing in America in 2020.
The Disney-owned broadcaster revealed its schedule for the 2020-21 season, without using the word “fall” once. Instead, the Karey Burke-led network hopes that its scripted and unscripted fare can return to work soon enough so that the network’s originals can return either in September or as late as November. In debuting its schedule, the network is relying heavily on unscripted series to help carry the load and reduce the number of scripted originals that will likely need extra time to film episodes with safety protocols put in place amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the 72nd Emmy Awards and this time he will also be executive producer of the ABC telecast, but the format is still undecided in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Nominations for the 72nd primetime Emmys will be announced by the TV academy on July 28.
For Life has been renewed for a second season at ABC, while The Baker and the Beauty has been canceled after one season. Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., For Life is a fictional serialized drama about an imprisoned man, Aaron Wallace, who becomes a lawyer litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.
The 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors also decided to extend the eligibility window beyond the calendar year to Feb. 28, 2021, for feature films, and delay the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures from December until April 30, 2021. The awards show will be telecast by ABC.
James, a 28-year-old from North Carolina, was originally chosen to compete for Clare Crawley’s affection on The Bachelorette, but filming was scrapped in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation’s big media companies are trying to avoid great pressure from advertisers and media buyers to take severe cutbacks in ad rates in early talks as part of the industry’s annual upfront ad market, according to three executives familiar with discussions. Their pushback suggests owners of networks like CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox are betting that a return of favorite TV elements like sports will draw new interest from sponsors and generate more demand for TV commercials — and potentially help them avoid capitulating to the most onerous demands.
ABC made it a baker’s dozen on Thursday, handing out renewals to 13 series including bubble shows Stumptown, The Rookie and Mixed-ish. Also scoring additional-season green lights are comedies Black-ish, The Conners, American Housewife and The Goldbergs, as well as Thursday-night drama A Million Little Things and unscripted series The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank and 20/20. The new Jimmy Kimmel-hosted reboot of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will also be back for another season.