ABC Will Bring Roseanne Back This Fall and Give Alec Baldwin a Weekly Sunday-Night Talk Show

There’s also a new Juniors version of Dancing With the Stars

Roseanne only had a 9-episode run this season, but will return for 13 episodes in the fall.
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ABC had a surprise midseason hit with its revival of Roseanne, which went on to become the No. 1 entertainment series on broadcast TV in total viewers and 18-49. So the network decided that it won’t wait until halfway through next season for the show to give it another ratings boost.

Roseanne will return this fall in ABC’s 2018-19 schedule, the network announced this morning. And after a one-night sneak preview last March, the network is giving Alec Baldwin his own weekly prime-time talk show, The Alec Baldwin Show, on Sunday nights.

In other unscripted news, ABC is launching a kids version of Dancing With the Stars, Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, which it originally announced during last year’s upfront. The show will pair celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers.

On the strength of Roseanne and breakout freshman drama The Good Doctor, ABC is now tied for second place with CBS and Fox this season among 18- to 49-year-olds after being relegated to fourth place for five of the past six seasons.

“We have a lot of stability coming into this season,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters this morning.

Mondays are unchanged next fall, with Dancing With the Stars, followed by new hit medical drama The Good Doctor.

Roseanne will start off the fall at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, followed by new comedy The Kids Are Alright, about an Irish-Catholic family of 10 living in a three-bedroom home in 1970s L.A. That series stars The Walking Dead’s Michael Cudlitz.

The Tuesday comedy block continues with Black-ish and Splitting Up Together. They lead in to new drama The Rookie, starring Castle’s Nathan Fillion, who returns to the network to play the LAPD’s oldest rookie officer.

Dungey admitted that Tuesdays at 10 “has been a challenging time period of us in the past,” but said the show should appeal to the same broad audience that Roseanne does at the beginning of the night.

ABC’s Wednesday comedy block kicks off with three returning series: The Goldbergs, American Housewife and Modern Family. While this is expected to be Modern Family’s final season, Dungey said she is open to additional seasons if the show’s producers are.

They are followed by new sitcom Single Parents from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, which focuses on a group of friends and single parents—including Taran Killam and Leighton Meester—trying to raise their 7-year-old kids.

The night ends with new drama A Million Little Things, about a group of friends who feel stuck in their lives and are jolted when one of them dies. Dungey said this series was “our highest-testing pilot” and is “a really emotionally resonant show.”

Even though Scandal has wrapped its run, ABC is able to keep the TGIT moniker intact with a night of three dramas produced by Shonda Rhimes: Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and How to Get Away With Murder. Dungey said ABC’s fourth show from Rhimes, For the People, will take over for How to Get Away With Murder at midseason.

The network is adding a third comedy block to Friday nights, after switching to dramas last season. Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, which used to air on Tuesdays, are pairing up on the night, followed by returning game show Child Support and 20/20. Ironically, Fresh Off the Boat will face off against Fox’s Last Man Standing, which occupied that same time slot during its six seasons on ABC.

“We did really well with comedies on Friday for many years. We feel like we’re returning to form with that,” said Dungey, who thinks both sitcoms are “strong enough to survive the move” to Fridays.

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