Reborn XFL Strikes TV Rights Deal With Disney

The third iteration of the XFL has found a TV home. The league and Disney have struck a global rights deal that will see all XFL regular season and playoff games running on ESPN, ABC and — in its first sports rights deal since becoming part of Disney — FX. The spring football league is set to begin play in 2023.

ABC Fall 2022 Schedule: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Anchors Comedy Block, ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ Joins Sunday

ABC’s breakout comedy Abbott Elementary will move to a new night — and a prime location on the network’s schedule — in the fall. The show will anchor the network’s Wednesday comedy block, moving into the 9 p.m. slot. ABC’s lineup to start the 2022-23 season will feature a pair of new dramas in The Rookie: Feds and the Hilary Swank-led Alaska, along with a Celebrity Jeopardy game show on Sunday nights. The network is also making a big bet on Bachelor in Paradise, which will air on both Monday and Tuesday nights — replacing the Disney+-bound Dancing With the Stars on Mondays.

The Devil They Know: Why the Big 4 Broadcasters Are Canceling Fewer Shows

The surprise of Magnum P.I. getting cut by CBS is due in part to the fact that broadcasters have sharply cut down on cancellations in the past two seasons.

Reba McEntire Joins ‘Big Sky’ For Season 3

‘L.A. Law’ Sequel Passed Over At ABC

The Disney-backed broadcast network has passed on the sequel that featured original cast members Blair Underwood and Corbin Bernsen. Additionally, Jo Koy comedy Josep will also not move forward this season, though sources say the network remains high on the concept and could redevelop the comedy.

ABC Orders The Rookie Spinoff To Series, Plus Gina Rodriguez Comedy And Hilary Swank Drama

The network has handed series orders to three shows for next season, led by The Rookie: Feds, an offshoot of the Nathan Fillion-led ABC procedural. Also coming to ABC next season: Not Dead Yet, a comedy starring Jane the Virgin alum Gina Rodriguez as Nell, “a broke and newly single self-described disaster,” per the official description. Plus, ABC ordered Alaska, a drama starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank as a disgraced reporter who moves from New York to join a daily newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska, “on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

ABC Renews ‘Big Sky,’ ‘The Wonder Years,’ ‘A Million Little Things,’ Plus 2 Others

Bucking this week’s cancellation trend, ABC on Friday renewed all five of its remaining scripted bubble shows. For those keeping track at home, that includes dramas Big Sky (for Season 3) and A Million Little Things (for Season 5), as well as comedies The Conners (for Season 5), Home Economics (for Season 3) and The Wonder Years (for Season 2).

‘The Bachelor,’ ‘American Idol’ And ‘Shark Tank’ Among ABC’s Unscripted Renewals

ABC has renewed the unscripted series The Bachelor, American Idol, Shark Tank, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune for new seasons.

Cancellation Jitters: 24 Shows On The Bubble From ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW

TV’s annual springtime rite of (anxious) passage known as “Bubble Watch” is coming down to the wire. With the traditional upfront week set to get underway May 16, the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW — are poised to decide the fate of roughly two dozen in-limbo series.

How Much Sports Matter (Or Don’t) To Network Viewership

Fox and NBC got more than a quarter of their primetime audience this season from live sports, while ABC and CBS are less dependent.

‘Queens’ And ‘Promised Land’ Canceled After One Season At ABC

The ABC dramas Queens and Promised Land have both been canceled after one season at ABC. Queens concluded its season on the broadcaster back in February. After initially debuting on ABC, Promised Land was moved to Hulu exclusively after five episodes.

‘The Conners’ Main Cast Close New Deals, Season 5 Renewal Likely To Follow

Once again, ABC and Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment have taken a key step toward the renewal of popular comedy series The Conners by making new deals with the four principal cast members of the Roseanne spinoff.

‘Abbott Elementary’ Finale Ratings Spike 200% With A Week Of Multiplatform Viewing

Abbott Elementary got an A+ from ABC on its season finale, tripling its ratings with seven days of delayed viewing across DVRs, Hulu and other digital platforms. The 9 o’clock on Tuesdays freshman comedy managed an initial 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million total viewers for its April 12 finale, according to Live + Same Day data from Nielsen. Adding in a week of multiplatform viewing, the episode jumped 200% to a 1.8 rating, tying the show’s series high, and added 3.1 million viewers to reach 5.9 million total, per ABC.

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Dozens Of New Advertisers Join NFL Draft Telecast On ESPN, ABC

The telecast is sold out across its three days on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network with 30 first-time advertisers on board.

Even As ‘Black-ish’ Ends, Here’s How The ‘-ish’ Franchise Remains Lucrative For Disney

There’s a bit of serendipity that some of ABC’s Black-ish takes place at an advertising agency, where Andre Johnson (played by Anthony Anderson) works. Throughout eight seasons of “Black-ish,” viewers have seen Dre dream up with ways to capitalize and promote various brands, both fictional (“Boxable”) and not (Starbucks). As Dre was helping brands expand their footprint, so too was Black-ish turning into a lucrative and far-reaching franchise itself for Disney, ABC and creator Kenya Barris. The comedy concluded its eight-season run on April 19, but that doesn’t mean the end of the “-ish” universe.

‘The Goldbergs’ Renewed For Season 10 At ABC

The 1980s-set comedy has been renewed for its 10th season on ABC. The renewal arrives a month after star and executive producer Wendi McLendon-Covey signed a new deal to return with producers Sony Pictures Television. The pact, which sources note includes an option for an 11th season, included a sizable pay bump.

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‘Abbott Elementary’ And Quinta Brunson Could School The Emmys With Record-Breaking Nominations For Black Women

If the Oscars were looking for a good mood with CODA, then the TV Academy might look to Philadelphia school teachers’ delightful and charming maneuvers with ABC’s hit Abbott Elementary, which just had its season finale on April 12. Created, written and executive produced by Quinta Brunson, the mockumentary sitcom serves as a lovely reminder of the challenges that educators face daily, both in pre- and post-pandemic society, that undervalues their contributions and roles in the lives of our children.

‘The Talk’ Renewed For Season 13

The Talk, CBS’s answer to ABC’s The View, has been renewed for a 13th season, the hosts said on-air Monday and CBS later tweeted from The Talk’s Twitter feed. The Talk will return with all of this season’s hosts — Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Underwood — coming back.

TV’s ‘Black-ish’ Ends 8-Season Run With Legacy, Fans Secure

While Black-ish took on thorny issues, it never surrendered the laughs in its more than 170 episodes, said Courtney Lilly, a writer on the series since its first season who became an executive producer and its showrunner. “Obviously, there were episodes where we made sure we approached issues. But even in doing those we were relevant and funny,” Lilly said.

Whoopi Goldberg To Be Absent From ‘The View’ For ‘A While,’ Joy Behar Says

‘Abbott Elementary’ Donates 150,000 Meals To Feeding America

Timed to the Season 1 finale of hit ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary, Warner Bros. Television is donating 150,000 meals to Feeding America. Along with the meal donations, the show’s Think Outside the (Lunch) Box campaign aims to raise awareness about food insecurity with a week-long series on social media encouraging others to support Feeding America. From April 11 to 15, Warner Bros. TV will partner with influencer chefs Eitan Bernath and Ahmad Alzahbi, who will create lunchbox meals while discussing the impacts of food insecurity.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Shocker: Series Moves To Disney+ After Long ABC Run

The series, which debuted on ABC in 2005, will jump to Disney+ in the fall. The move comes in conjunction with a two-season renewal that will take DWTS through a 32nd cycle. The switch was prompted in part by ABC’s plans to simulcast several games on ESPN’s Monday Night Football slate in the fall. The broadcaster will also have an exclusive Monday Night Football contest at some point in the NFL season. Dancing With the Stars will also become the first live series on Disney+.

‘Judge Steve Harvey’ & ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Renewed At ABC

Judge Steve Harvey is getting a second season at ABC as the network also renews Bachelor In Paradise. The network made the renewals as part of a slew of unscripted news including new specials and game shows.

Kelly Ripa To Host ‘Generation Gap’ Game Show On ABC

Generation Gap, the game show from Jimmy Kimmel and Mark Burnett, is finally getting a slot at ABC. Nearly three years after its order, the network will launch the series this July with Kelly Ripa as host. The show, which is produced by Kimmel’s Kimmelot, MGM Television and Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo, is a comedy quiz show that groups family members of different generations who must work together to answer questions about each other’s generations.

How Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Pulled Off Their Epic April Fools’ Switch

At least four years ago, over dinner at Frankies in Brooklyn, Jimmy Kimmel threw out a wacky idea to fellow latenight host, Jimmy Fallon: What if the two switched shows for a night? Nearly half a decade later, on April Fools’ Day, the two Jimmys pulled it off, surprising their latenight audiences and everyone watching at home, when they came out on each other’s shows: Kimmel as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show from New York and Fallon emceeing ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live from Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. To ensure the whole thing remained a secret, only a cadre of relevant producers, writers and network executives were let in on the gag.

‘The Rookie’ Renewed For Season 5 By ABC

The network revealed the renewal on Wednesday. Season 4 of The Rookie opened with a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.8 million viewers and has remained fairly steady in demo throughout the season. According to ABC, The Rookie season 4 averages 10 million total viewers after 35 days of viewing across ABC’s linear and digital platforms, growing six times over its initial Live+Same Day rating among adults 18-49 with a lift of 500% after 35 days of multiplatform viewing.

What Was Happening In The ABC Control Room As Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock

ABC’s Rob Mills was sitting in the Oscars production trailer on Sunday night when the show’s producers and director Glenn Weiss realized things were starting to go awry.

Vanessa Hudgens To Host ABC’s Oscars Red Carpet Show

Actors Vanessa Hudgens and Terrence J and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will host The Oscars Red Carpet Show, the official lead-in to the 2022 Oscars on Sunday, March 27, producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan announced Wednesay. The Oscars Red Carpet Show will air at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT, on ABC before the Oscars broadcast, set for 8/5.

Kevin And Frankie Jonas To Host Celebrity Relative Reality Show For ABC

The network has greenlit Claim to Fame, a competition show in which 12 people related to celebrities “step outside their famous family member’s shadow and live together under one roof, concealing their identity and lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune.” Brothers Kevin and Frankie Jonas will host the show, which comes from Love Is Blind producer Kinetic Content and Walt Disney Television’s year-old alternative unit.

Disney Says Academy Awards Commercials Sold Out

Disney Advertising Sales said that the commercial inventory for Sunday’s Oscars telecast is sold out. The top tier of sponsors — ”proud sponsors” — include newcomers Crypto.com and, Pfizer, as well as returning sponsors Rolex and Verizon. Proud sponsors get four spots in the telecast. While traditional TV viewership is dropping, and even major events like the Academy Awards have seen their ratings plunge, streaming services have clamored to be seen by movie fans on the ABC broadcast.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Placed On Administrative Leave Amid HR Investigation

Grey’s Anatomy consulting producer Elisabeth Finch (center, in scrubs) has been placed on administrative leave following an allegation that she may have fudged details about her medical and personal history while writing for the ABC drama. Finch’s claims are currently under review.

Freshman Sensation ‘Abbott Elementary’ Renewed

ABC’s breakout comedy hit Abbott Elementary will be back for another school year. The Alphabet net confirmed on Monday that the critically acclaimed workplace laffer, from Warner Bros. TV and 20th Television, has been renewed for the second grade, a.k.a. Season 2.

‘General Hospital’ Recasts Jordan Ashford Role With Tanisha Harper

Oscars Slim Down, Will Hand Out 8 Awards Ahead Of Broadcast

In a letter sent Tuesday to members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the group’s president, David Rubin, said that the awards for film editing, production design, sound, makeup and hairstyling, music (original score) and the three short film awards (documentary, live-action and animated) will be presented at the ceremony before the March 27 live broadcast begins on ABC.

Whoopi Goldberg Returns To ‘The View’ After Suspension Over Holocaust Comments

The moderator said she and her colleagues on the ABC show would “keep having tough conversations” as she added that she listened to those who reached out to her.

Oscar-Nominated ‘Summer Of Soul’ Doc To Make Broadcast Debut On ABC

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is set to make its broadcast TV debut. The Oscar-nominated documentary will air Feb. 20 on ABC, the network said today. Acclaimed musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson made his directorial debut with the film, which tells the story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival at Mount Morris Park — just 100 miles south of Woodstock.

‘The Rookie’ Sets FBI Spinoff Starring Niecy Nash With Two-Episode Backdoor Pilot Order

ABC is planning a spinoff of The Rookie with Niecy Nash set to star. The new show will be introduced in a two-episode backdoor pilot during The Rookie’s current fourth season. While the mothership show focuses on the LAPD, the potential new show would focus on the FBI.

ESPN, ABC Ramp Up Hockey Coverage With NHL All-Star Game

Saturday’s All-Star Game from Las Vegas will be on ABC, and marks the beginning of ESPN ramping up its coverage for the second half of the season. ESPN will have 11 games starting later this month, while ABC’s regular-season package of Saturday games begins on Feb. 26.

Did ABC Miss A Learning Opportunity By Suspending Whoopi?

ABC’s decision to suspend Whoopi Goldberg from The View for two weeks for her remarks about the Holocaust has opened the network up to criticism that its response derailed a teachable moment for the nation about a sensitive topic often misunderstood and seldom discussed on air.

Broken Lights, No Glue: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Has Teachers Talking

The new ABC sitcom by Quinta Brunson about a Philadelphia public school is a relatable balm during a period of intense stress for educators.