ABC fall schedule set; Delayed ‘Bachelorette’ bumps Tuesday comedies

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ABC on Wednesday announced a fall schedule that features three new shows and the addition of “The Bachelorette” to Tuesday nights.

As previously announced, the network’s fall lineup will include “Big Sky,” a new crime thriller from David E. Kelley, and “Call Your Mother,” an empty-nester comedy starring Kyra Sedgwick. Also joining the ABC roster is “Supermarket Sweep,” a revival of the classic game show to be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones.

Based on a series of books by C.J. Box, “Big Sky” focuses on the search for two sisters kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. The case leads to the revelation that they aren’t the only girls who have disappeared in the area.

“Call Your Mother” is a comedy starring Sedgwick (“The Closer”) as a mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and attempts to reinsert herself into their lives.

“Supermarket Sweep” is described as a “fast-paced and energetic series” that follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967.

ABC’s slate features renewals for 20 series, including “The Bachelorette,” which was originally scheduled to air in the summer, but was delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Bachelorette,” starring Sacramento native Clare Crawley as its leading lady, will replace ABC’s traditional two-hour sitcom lineup on Tuesday. It marks the first fall in 10 years that ABC won’t offer any sitcoms on Tuesday.

Returning series “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “For Life” and “mixed-ish” will be held back for later in the season.

ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke acknowledged that his network’s schedule — and others — have to be considered tentative at this point because the pandemic could cause unforeseen delays and/or adjustments.

“Anybody that’s convinced of anything right now is not speaking truth,” Burke says. “This is a target for us; we’re calling it our premiere schedule. We’re hopeful that it’s a version of our fall schedule, but we felt it’s important to announce it now so we have something to work toward.”

Here’s a look at ABC’s fall schedule (New shows in CAPS):


8 p.m. — “Dancing with the Stars”

10 p.m. — “The Good Doctor”


8 p.m. — “The Bachelorette”

10 p.m. — “BIG SKY”


8 p.m. — “The Goldbergs”

8:30 p.m. — “American Housewife”

9 p.m. “The Conners” (New date/time)

9:30 p.m. — “CALL YOUR MOTHER”

10 p.m. — “Stumptown”


8 p.m. — “Station 19”

9 p.m. — “Grey’s Anatomy”

10 p.m. — “A Million Little Things”


8 p.m. — “Shark Tank”

9 p.m. — “20/20” (2 hours)


5 p.m. PT “Saturday Night Football”


7 p.m. — “America’s Funniest Home Videos”


9 p.m. — “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” (NEW DATE/TIME)

10 p.m. — “The Rookie”


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