Judge Approves Plea Deal For ‘The Bachelor’ Star

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has approved a plea deal that imposes two years’ probation and a suspended prison term for an Iowa farmer who appeared on “The Bachelor.” Buchanan County District Court records say the judge accepted the plea agreement Monday between Chris Soules and prosecutors “because it is in accordance with the pre-sentence investigation […]

‘GMA’ Host Lara Spencer Apologizes For Prince George Ballet Joke

NEW YORK (AP) — “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer has apologized for on-air comments about 6-year-old Prince George taking ballet. On Instagram Friday she called her comments “insensitive” and told George that when it comes to ballet or any other passion he should “GO FOR IT” and “love every minute of it.” Spencer was […]

New XFL Reveals 8 Team Names, Logos

Vince McMahon’s second try at the XFL announced its eight team names and logos on Wednesday. The rebooted league, which had an ill-fated attempt that lasted just one season in 2001, will begin play next February on the weekend following Super Bowl LIV.

‘DWTS’ Host Bergeron Rips Sean Spicer Casting

Dancing with the Stars is facing backlash from its own host after ABC’s competition series announced Wednesday the upcoming Season 28 cast would include former Trump aide Sean Spicer. Host Tom Bergeron would like fans to know he opposed that casting decision.

Reba, Dolly, Carrie Underwood To Host CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards announced Monday that “special guest hosts” Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will join Underwood during the Nov. 13 event. The organization says the show will celebrate “legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony.” The CMA Awards will air live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

FCC Fines ABC Over ‘Kimmel’ EAS Tones

The FCC today said Walt Disney Co.’s ABC unit has agreed to pay a $395,000 civil penalty after an October 2018 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live used a simulated wireless alert tone.

Simran Sethi Named ABC Scripted Head

Casting Exec Brenda Kelly Grant Returns To ABC From Amazon

ABC Gives Put Pilot Commitment To ‘Love Me’

ESPN, ABC Pull ‘Apex Legends’ Esports Tournament Following Mass Shootings

ABC Slots ‘Little Mermaid Live’ Musical

ABC’s live production will starr Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel. The production, to air on Nov. 5, will also star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian.

‘The Proposal’ Canceled At ABC

ABC is saying no to The Proposal: The reality romance competition from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has been canceled after just one season.

Kimmel, ‘Apprentice’ Producer To Make ABC Quiz Show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel is among Donald Trump’s late-night gadflies, while producer Mark Burnett showcased the future president on “The Apprentice.” Yet they are going into business together. Kimmel and Burnett will produce a new ABC game show, “Generation Gap,” described by the network as a comedy quiz show that brings family […]

ABC Slots 2 More ‘Studio Audience’ Specials

Following the success of the first installment, ABC has ordered two more Live in Front of a Studio Audience specials for the 2019-20 season. The first new special will air this winter, while the second is slated for spring 2020. The classic sitcoms that will be the focus of each special will be announced at a later date. Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear will return to executive produce them along with Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, and Justin Theroux.

‘Rookie’ Star Alleges Harassment, Discrimination

In an Instagram post Sunday, Afton Williamson said that throughout the filming of the ABC show’s pilot, “I experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department.”

Adam Scott To Host ABC Game Show ‘Don’t’

The Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation star will host the series from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Ryan Reynolds. The show puts teams of four through a series of comedic challenges with the simple rule of “Don’t,” as in “Don’t laugh” or “Don’t blink,” with a top prize of $100,000.

Keke Palmer To Be Third ‘Strahan and Sara’ Co-Host

RETRANS

ABC, CBS, Fox And NBC Sue Over Locast

The broadcasters aim to shut down the digital app service that has attracted tens of thousands of users and is threatening billions of dollars in retransmission contracts.

‘Black-ish’ Changes Showrunners Again

Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ Tops Thursday

Univision’s annual Premios Juventud special topped adults 18-49 on Thursday with a 0.7 average, while ABC’s mini-golf competition Holey Moley and Family Food Fight fell to season lows with an 0.6 and 0.3 average, respectively.

‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ 7th Season To Be Last On ABC

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Ending

The series and its star, Viola Davis, are leaving behind history: In 2015, Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series. In a statement Thursday announcing the show’s end, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke praised Davis for her unforgettable portrayal of a female antihero.

Houston To Host Third Dem Debate On ABC

ABC Answers Report McCain Wants To Leave

Addressing reports that Meghan McCain wants to leave The View, a spokesperson for ABC said: “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead.”

Meghan McCain May Leave ‘The View’

Sources close to McCain tell The Daily Beast she feels like “a caged animal, exhausted, defeated” on the ABC talk show. “It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week.”

Summer Originals Explode On Broadcast

If it seems like there’s more original programming to watch on the broadcast networks this summer than in recent years, it’s because there is. The five English-language networks will offer up 55 original series between Memorial Day and the start of the 2019-20 season in late September, including in-season shows that continued into summer. That’s up from 42 in 2018, an increase of more than 30%.

NBA Finals Down 19% In Viewers

The six-game series — where the Raptors dethroned the Warriors, four games to two — averaged 14.3 million viewers, down from 17.6 million last year.

ABC Helped Trump Build A Campaign Email List On His Birthday

‘Press Your Luck’ Game Show Back In Spotlight

Big 4 Chiefs Debate Broadcast Calendar

ABC and Fox chiefs share fatigue with the early May crunch, while CBS and NBC execs seem more wed to the upfront schedule.

Tracy Morgan To Host ESPY Awards

Whiskey Cavalier Uncanceled At ABC?

Is ABC about to pull a Timeless on Whiskey Cavalier? Multiple sources confirm to TVLine that the network — which axed the Scott Foley-Lauren Cohan drama earlier this month at the 11th hour — may reverse its decision and order a second season, to bow at midseason. Talks between ABC and producer Warner Bros. Television are ongoing, according to insiders.

How ‘The View’ Became The No. 1 Political Show

Not long ago, politicians didn’t take the daytime talk show seriously. Now it’s an essential campaign stop for Democrats and Republicans alike.

Running Scared: Network TV In The Streaming Age

Viewers are fleeing for Netflix. The ones who stay are older than the group prized by advertisers. Here’s a look back at the troubled 2018-19 season.

Watch Trailers For ABC’s New Fall Shows

Get first looks at the genre thriller Emergence, starring Allison Tolman, the Cobie Smulders-led adaptation of the Stumptown graphic novel series and the 1980s-set Black-ish prequel series Mixed-ish.

UPFRONT NEWS ANALYSIS

ABC’s Upfront Gets Buried In Disney TV Excess

ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ESPN, Freeform, FX Networks and National Geographic come together to illustrate the exhausting smorgasbord of Walt Disney Television.

UPFRONTS

ABC Launches Just Three New Shows

Just like its competition this year, ABC is using “stability” as its buzzword for next season, as well as leaning into its female-centric brand. The company announced on Tuesday that its fall 2019 schedule will feature just three new scripted series, touting that it makes for the network’s “most stable schedule in over a decade.”

ABC Renews ‘American Idol’ For Season 3

This will be the singing competition show’s 18th season overall, including the 15 seasons that aired on Fox before the show moved to ABC in 2018.

ABC Cancels ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ After One Season

Whiskey Cavalier has been canceled after one season at ABC. Series star Scott Foley posted a video on Instagram thanking fans for their support of the show.

‘The Kids Are Alright,’ ‘The Fix’ Canceled At ABC

The Kids Are Alright, set in the 1970s, centered on a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys. Executive produced and co-written by Marcia Clark, The Fix centered on an L.A. district attorney (played by Robin Tunney), who suffered a “devastating defeat” after prosecuting an A-list movie star for double murder and fled for a quieter life in obscurity.