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ABC will add 5 shows this fall, ‘Idol’ in January — and a ‘Roseanne’ reboot

First Published      Last Updated May 16 2017 11:31 am

ABC announced a fall schedule that features five new shows, moves five returning shows to new timeslots, holds seven returning shows for midseason — and then adds "American Idol" in January.

When, exactly, "Idol" will air is still up in the air. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey deflected reports that it will be scheduled on Sundays, and said that while they are in talks with Ryan Seacrest about returning as host as well as with various potential judges, no decisions have been made.

She did say that the show will be at least somewhat different from the one that aired on Fox for 15 seasons. "This is going to be ABC's version of 'American Idol,'" Dungey said.

The fall schedule includes a show about an autistic surgeon ("The Good Doctor"), a man on a divine mission ("The Gospel of Kevin"), a rapper who's elected mayor of his hometown ("The Mayor"); a spinoff of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ("Marvel's Inhumans"); and a TV producer whose daughter disappears ("Ten Days in the Valley").

In other ABC news:

• Yes, Utah-native Roseanne Barr is returning in a reboot of her ABC 1988-97 sitcom, "Roseanne," It's planned for sometime after the first of the year, and it will feature the entire original cast.

• Dungey said it was creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes decision to end "Scandal" with the upcoming Season 7, a decision she "wholeheartedly supported.

(No decision yet on how many episodes there will be.)

• The ABC exec flatly denied there was any political component in the cancellation of "Last Man Standing."

• The Disney-owned network is also jumping on the live-musical bandwagon with, appropriately enough, a live version of "The Litte Mermaid." And, going in a completely different direction, ABC will air a special celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Rolling Stone" magazine.

• Among the shows ABC canceled are "American Crime," "The Catch," "Conviction," "Dr. Ken," "Imaginary Mary," "Last Man Standing," "Mistresses," "Notorious," "The Real O'Neals," "Secrets and Lies" and "Time After Time."

• Returning shows being held for mideason include "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "Match Game," "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "Quantico."


(New programs in UPPER CASE; an asterisk indicates a returning show in a new timeslot.)


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