Disney’s upfront focus is on all things female with two strong female leads heading up this fall’s two new dramas – two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank in Alaska and Niecy Nash-Betts in The Rookie spinoff The Rookie: Feds; Tatiana Maslany taking on the role of She-Hulk in this summer’s upcoming Disney Plus series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law; and Gina Rodriguez toplining the network’s one comedy pickup, Not Dead Yet, in midseason.
“Our fall schedule is a testament to our strong, dynamic programming slate that we’re continuing to nurture with top talent, world-class, award-winning storytellers and marquee titles,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “By capitalizing on the success of our strongest assets, we’re betting on stability while also introducing and investing in key projects that will allow us to build on our momentum as the No. 1 entertainment network for the third consecutive year.”
Bachelor in Paradise, a spinoff of ABC’s long-running romance reality series The Bachelor, takes over Dancing With the Stars’ Monday and Tuesday 8-10 p.m. slots this fall with former Bachelor and ESPN commentator Jesse Palmer assuming hosting duties. Dancing with the Stars moves to Disney Plus. On Monday nights, Bachelor in Paradise will be followed by The Good Doctor, while The Rookie: Feds will follow it on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Wednesdays are four hours of comedy followed by David E. Kelley’s Big Sky at 10 p.m. The Conners, The Goldbergs, Abbott Elementary and Home Economics will air from 8 to 10 p.m.
Thursdays are all about drama with Station 19 at 8 p.m., Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m. and Alaska at 10 p.m.
Friday remains Shark Tank followed by two hours of 20/20.
ABC is adding Celebrity Jeopardy! to its Sunday night line-up, where it will join Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. The night will kick off with America’s Funniest Home Videos, followed by Celebrity Jeopardy! and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune at 8 and 8:30 p.m., and closing out with The Rookie at 10 p.m.
Returning in midseason are scripted comedies The Wonder Years and A Million Little Things and unscripted series American Idol, Judge Steve Harvey and The Bachelor.
Trailers for the new series are below:
The Rookie: Feds
Not Dead Yet
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
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