Here’s what you’ll be watching on ABC this fall

There is no such thing as a traditional Upfront season anymore. Last year, very briefly, it felt like the Upfronts — the events when the networks announce their upcoming fall schedules and new series — were back following the pandemic and the steady decline of network television in general. But now with a writers’ strike that could very well stretch through the summer, and potential strikes by the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild on the horizon, the networks are having to play the upcoming fall season entirely by ear. With some networks, this looks like loading up on reality content; with others, it looks like they are moving forward with their scripted material and hoping for the best.

Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but one has to wonder if Disney isn’t just weaponizing ABC’s fall schedule against the striking writers. ABC seems to be signaling that they are settling in for a long strike by filling their entire schedule with reality series, and one (1) scripted rerun. There is a single new scripted drama but it is being saved for midseason. Whatever happens with this strike, it seems that Disney is letting folks know that they will not be the first studio to break.



7/8 p.m.: Dancing with the Stars


7/8 p.m.: Celebrity Jeopardy!
9/10 p.m.: Bachelor in Paradise


7/8 p.m.: Judge Steve Harvey
8/9 p.m.: Abbott Elementary (reruns)
8:30/9:30 p.m.: Abbott Elementary (reruns)
9/10 p.m.: What Would You Do?


7/8 p.m.: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
8/9 p.m.: Press Your Luck
9/10 p.m.: The $100,000 Pyramid


7/8 p.m.: Shark Tank
8/9 p.m.: 20/20


7/8 p.m.: College Football


6/7 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos
7/8 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Disney

New Fall Shows


Official synopsis: 

After more than 20 years of fostering young love on “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Golden Bachelor” showcases a whole new kind of love story – one for the golden years. On this all-new unscripted series, one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibilities. In the end, will our Golden man turn the page to start a new chapter with the woman of his dreams? “The Golden Bachelor” is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon.

T’s Take:

Y’all. I’m not ready.


HIGH POTENTIAL – ABC’s “High Potential” stars Kaitlin Olson. (ABC/David Bukach)
High Potential

Official synopsis:

Written by Drew Goddard (“The Good Place,” “The Martian”) and starring Kaitlin Olson, “High Potential” follows a single mom with an exceptional mind, whose unconventional knack for solving crimes leads to an unusual and unstoppable partnership with a by-the-book seasoned detective (Daniel Sunjata). Based on the popular French series “Haut Potentiel Intellectuel (HPI).” “High Potential” stars Kaitlin Olson as Morgan, Daniel Sunjata as Karadec, Javicia Leslie as Daphne, Deniz Akdeniz as Lev “Oz” Osman, Amirah J as Ava, Matthew Lamb as Elliot and Judy Reyes as Selena.

Drew Goddard and Sarah Esberg executive produce for Goddard Textiles. Rob Thomas serves as showrunner and executive produces alongside Dan Etheridge of Spondoolie Productions, as well as Pierre Laugier and Anthony Lancret of Itinéraire Productions, a UGC company and Jean Nainchrik of Septembre Productions, a Mediawan Company. Alethea Jones is director and executive producer. Kaitlin Olson serves as producer. Follow “High Potential” (#HighPotential) on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

T’s Take:

I love Kaitlin Olson; I love Drew Goddard. I don’t need a trailer, I know I’m on board with this one.


  • A Million Little Things (ended)
  • Alaska Daily
  • Big Sky
  • The Company You Keep
  • The Goldbergs (ended)


  • Abbott Elementary
  • The Conners
  • The Good Doctor
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Not Dead Yet
  • The Rookie
  • Station 19
  • Will Trent
  • 20/20
  • The Bachelor
  • The Bachelorette
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • American Idol
  • Celebrity Jeopardy!
  • Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
  • The Great Christmas Light Fight
  • Shark Tank
  • To Tell the Truth

Shows Still Up in the Air

  • Home Economics
  • The Rookie: Feds
  • The Wonder Years (Returns this summer)
  • The $100,000 Pyramid (Returns this summer)
  • Claim to Fame (Returns this summer)
  • The Fatal Flaw
  • Jeopardy! Masters (Currently airing)
  • Jeopardy! National College Championship
  • Judge Steve Harvey (Returns this summer)
  • The Parent Test
  • Press Your Luck (Returns this summer)
  • Who Do You Believe?

One thought on “Here’s what you’ll be watching on ABC this fall

Leave a Reply