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ABC: What’s New, What’s Canceled and What’s Returning for Fall 2019

ABC has announced its schedule for the fall. The alphabet network is adding only two new dramas and one new comedy to its lineup.

Of those, only three new scripted series will debut in the fall – dramas Emergence and Stumptown and the black-ish comedy spinoff mixed-ish. New dramas The Baker and the Beauty and For Life, along with the new comedy, United We Fall, will debut midseason.

Following are the descriptions of the new series:

DRAMAS

THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY

Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash?

Cast: Victor Rasuk as Daniel, Nathalie Kelley as Noa Hamilton, Carlos Gómez as Rafael Garcia, Dan Bucatinsky as Lewis, Lisa Vidal as Mari Garcia, David Del Rio as Mateo Garcia, Belissa Escobedo as Natalie and Michelle Veintimilla as Vanessa.

EMERGENCE

A character-driven genre thriller, Emergence is about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.

Cast: Allison Tolman as Jo, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Owain Yeoman as Benny, Ashley Aufderheide as Bree, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris, Zabryna Guevara as Abby with Donald Faison as Alex and Clancy Brown as Ed.

FOR LIFE

Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., For Life is a fictional serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.  His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him.  The show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.

Cast: Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron, Indira Varma as Safiya, Joy Bryant as Marie, Glenn Fleshler as Frank, Dorian Missick as Jamal, Tyla Harris as Jasmine with Mary Stuart Masterson as Anya and Boris McGiver as DA Maskins.

STUMPTOWN

Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series, Stumptown follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.

Cast: Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.

COMEDIES

MIXED-ISH

In mixed-ish, Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

Cast: Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Gary Cole as Harrison Johnson, Christina Anthony as Denise, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson.

UNITED WE FALL

United We Fall is a profoundly realistic family sitcom that follows the trials and tribulations of Jo (Christina Vidal) and Bill (Will Sasso), parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother and Jo’s large, Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers and, especially, their kids.

Cast: Will Sasso as Bill Ryan, Christina Vidal as Jo Ryan, Jane Curtin as Sandy Ryan and Ella Grace Helton as Emily Ryan.

They will be joining the returning shows A Million Little Things, American Housewife, black-ish, Bless This Mess, Dancing with the Stars, The Conners, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy (two season pickup), How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family (for 11th and final season), The Rookie, Schooled, Single Parents, Station 19

The series that have been canceled are For the People, The Fix, The Kids Are Alright, Splitting Up Together, Speechless, Take Two, Whiskey Cavalier

ABC’s fall prime-time schedule is as follows:

MONDAY              

8:00 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10:00 PM — The Good Doctor

TUESDAY               

8:00 PM — The Conners
8:30 PM — Bless This Mess
9:00 PM — MIXED-ish
9:30 PM — “black-ish”
10:00 PM — EMERGENCE

WEDNESDAY

8:00 PM — The Goldbergs
8:30 PM — Schooled
9:00 PM — Modern Family
9:30 PM — Single Parents
10:00 PM — STUMPTOWN

THURSDAY 

8:00 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
9:00 PM — A Million Little Things
10:00 PM — How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY              

8:00 PM — American Housewife
8:30 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 PM — 20/20

SATURDAY    

8:00 PM — Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY                

7:00 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 PM — Kids Say the Darndest Things
9:00 PM — Shark Tank
10:00 PM — The Rookie

 

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