Reruns of Jimmy Kimmel Live will be pushed back a half-hour in the coming week as ABC seeks to give a bigger platform to Nightline episodes focused on the coronavirus pandemic. ABC said Sunday that Kimmel repeats will shift to the 12:05 a.m. slot starting Tuesday through Friday as Nightline goes all-in on coverage of the latest in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Disney-owned broadcast network has handed out an early fourth-season renewal for Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19. The news comes as the current third cycle — the first since Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff took over the series — is having its most-watched season.
Nicholas Pinnock, the star of ABC’s new drama about a prison inmate unjustly incarcerated who becomes a lawyer, thinks the show “is going to change the shape and the way network television is viewed and how it can move forward and compete with the likes of streaming channels like Netflix and Amazon and Apple and really, really challenge the outlook of network television.”
Veteran marketing executive Rebecca Daugherty is leaving her role as EVP of marketing for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Daugherty tenure at ABC spans 33 years and includes campaigns for such signature series as Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and The Conners.
Even before Fresh Off the Boat hit the airwaves on ABC in February 2015, the show was facing pressure that other new shows weren’t. It was set to be the first network TV comedy with an all-Asian cast since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl premiered 20 years earlier. ABC canceled that series after one season, and some wondered how long this show would last too. Now, after six seasons, Fresh Off the Boat will make its final voyage Friday.
Now more than ever, the broadcast networks are feeling the need to change up their typical pilot season strategy. With existing streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and Amazon and new competitors like HBO Max and Peacock developing shows year-round, the broadcasters are slowly but surely shifting their plans to include more off-cycle pickups.
A live episode of ABC’s The Conners airing 8 p.m. ET Tuesday that will incorporate, in real time, the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. In the episode, which will be performed live twice for different time zones, Darlene’s children Mark (Ames McNamara) and Harris (Emma Kenney) are watching news reports on the primary.
The Freddie Highmore starrer from David Shore joins fellow medical drama Grey’s Anatomy with early renewals at the network.
Advertisers have been slow to the table to support the newly-revived XFL league, which kicks off this weekend. Interest is finally stirring, according to ESPN and ABC, but uncertain audience engagement and the memory of past alternative pro-football league failures cast a shadow over its prospects.
‘The Greatest of All Time’ game-show event is part of the network’s effort to have one big live (or live-feeling) special on its air each month.
The behind-the-scenes melodrama at ABC’s The View amped up on Tuesday when departing co-host Abby Huntsman didn’t comply with network executives’ urgent entreaty to contradict a CNN story and the New York Post’s Page Six, among others, describing the show’s “toxic culture,” at the same moment that she was being trashed by nasty leaks and a hatchet job on The Daily Mail’s website.
Justin Chambers is leaving Grey’s Anatomy after 15 years on the ABC series. Chambers plays Alex Karev in the series, who started off as a surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital before eventually rising to the position of resident, and later becoming a pediatric surgical fellow.
The executive, now a year into her job as the network’s entertainment president, also discussed the benefits of having a mega-studio filled with talent, the strength of the Disney brand and her pitch for an Emmys host: “Baby Yoda!”
ABC has given a pilot order to thirtysomething(else), a sequel to the iconic 1980s TV drama thirtysomething, the network announced today. Though plans are still coming together, ABC is aiming for a fall premiere.
The series following the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan was an immediate sensation upon its 2009 debut. It holds the record with Frasier of five consecutive Emmy Awards as television’s best comedy.
The network said Wednesday it will air Young Frankenstein Live!, the stage version of Mel Brooks’ 1974 film classic. The cast and air date were not revealed.
The streaming service has created a legal defense fund to battle CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC to “protect streaming of local broadcast TV.”
Jeopardy‘s all-time top money winners Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer are facing off for ultimate bragging rights. The winner gets $1 million, with $250,000 for each runner-up in the contest that airs on consecutive nights beginning 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.
As television news broadcasters move to expand their reach into web, mobile and OTT platforms, they are adopting a number of tools and strategies including more automation, better collaboration tools and, in some cases, internal software development. L-r: Gray’s Mike Fass, Avid’s Ray Thompson, Fox’s Emily Stone and ABC’s Fabian Westerwelle. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
The View came to a grinding halt Monday when Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain clashed over the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
In honor of the Norman Lear/Jimmy Kimmel special, which is re-creating 1975 episodes of All in the Family and Good Times with modern casts on Wednesday, ABC promos that evening will use throwback voiceovers, 4:3 ratio, graphics and title treatments inspired by the Alphabet network’s actual on-air campaigns from that era. (Yes, that includes a voice-over actor emulating Ernie Anderson’s famous announcing from back then.)
David Goodfriend, founder of controversial not-for-profit outfit Locast, said the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox “waited too long” to sue him over the alleged theft of their signal. He also questioned why they didn’t seek a temporary restraining order to halt the two-year-old company’s operations, as they did in the case of Aereo years earlier.
Schooled has received a back nine order for its second season at ABC. In addition, showrunner Tim Doyle has left the series. Series co-executive producers Tom Hertz and Vanessa McCarthy will take over for Doyle.
Granath helped ABC as it entered into the cable and international fields. During his career he developed as served as chairman of the board of ESPN, A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime Television. He was 91.
Actress Lucy Hale joins Ryan Seacrest in Times Square to co-host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 on ABC Dec. 31. Hale starred in Pretty Little Liars on Freeform and stars in Katy Keene on The CW, which debuts Feb. 6.
Grey’s Anatomy is getting a new Thursday-night shift. ABC has unveiled its midseason schedule and the big news is that Shonda Rhimes’ enduring medical drama is moving from 8 p.m. back to its signature 9 p.m. perch beginning in late January to make way for the return of spinoff series Station 19, which will now lead off the night.
The network has renewed all six of its retro game shows for new seasons in 2020. The rookies Press Your Luck (above) and Card Sharks will return for their second seasons, Celebrity Family Feud for its sixth and The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell the Truth for their fifth.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said Monday that ABC will no longer be sending out Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings figures for the network’s programming that isn’t live. The new policy begins Tuesday, Nov. 12. In an increasingly time-shifted viewership universe, the network is following the lead of fellow Big 4 broadcaster Fox, which made the same move under then 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Television Group co-chief Dana Walden a few years back.
The series will wrap production after 15 episodes, with a finale set for early 2020.
Three of the Big Four broadcast networks have agreed to insure their viewers don’t lose access to distant signals if Congress lets the STELAR compulsory satellite license expire at year’s end, according to letters from those nets, and the fourth is about to do the same, according to a source familiar with the network’s thinking.
Guests clashed with hosts and hosts clashed with audience members at the ABC show on Thursday.