The JWalk Guide to the Broadcast TV Upfronts: ABC Edition

The broadcast TV upfronts are a week away and it’s time to take a closer look at what the networks schedules may look like for the 2019-2020 season. Over the next week, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW will be making the final calls on what shows will be renewed and canceled. Here is a breakdown the fate of ABC’s shows and whether they’re RENEWED, LIKELY TO BE RENEWED, COULD GO EITHER WAY, LIKELY TO BE CANCELED OR CANCELED.

ABC needs a lot of work. While they are the go-to destination for family comedies, their drama slate needs help in bringing new eyeballs to the network. ABC currently has 12 comedies on the air, 9 are waiting to be renewed. black-ish, The Connersand Modern Family are set to return next season. Safe bets to return on the comedy side are The Goldbergs and its new spinoff Schooled, and new midseason comedy Bless This Mess, which have been doing decent in the ratings since it’s spring launch.

One the drama side, ABC’s highest-rated drama Grey’s Anatomy, its spinoff Station 19, and fellow Shondaland drama How to Get Away With Murder look like sure bets to return, with HTGAWM most likely returning for a final season. A Million Little Pieces and The Good Doctor are ending the 2018-2019 already renewed and coasting into upfronts week.

ABC has ordered black-ish spinoff mixed-ish to series for the 2019-2020 season, expected to launch this fall.

Freshman Series

  • The Alec Baldwin Show – Likely to be canceled
  • Bless This Mess –  RENEWED
  • The Conners – RENEWED
  • Dancing With the Stars Juniors – Could go either way
  • The Fix – CANCELED
  • The Kids Are Alright   – CANCELED
  • A Million Little Things – RENEWED
  • The Rookie –  RENEWED
  • Schooled – RENEWED
  • Single Parents – RENEWED
  • Whiskey Cavalier – CANCELED

Returning Series 

  • American HousewifeRENEWED
  • American Idol – Likely to be renewed
  • The Bachelor –  RENEWED
  • Child Support –Likely to be canceled
  • Dancing With the Stars  – RENEWED
  • For the People – CANCELED
  • Fresh Off the Boat – RENEWED
  • The Goldbergs – RENEWED
  • The Good Doctor – RENEWED
  • Grey’s Anatomy – RENEWED
  • How to Get Away With Murder – RENEWED
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season has yet to premiere
  • Modern Family – RENEWED
  • Splitting up Together – CANCELED
  • Shark Tank – RENEWED
  • Speechless – CANCELED
  • Station 19 –  RENEWED

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