ABC on Tuesday finalized its fall 2022 schedule, revealing that the summer issue Bachelor in Paradise will take over the longtime Monday home of Dancing With the Stars when that series moves to Disney+. The “Bachelor” spin-off also airs on Tuesdays, marking four full hours of the dating show per week on ABC’s fall primetime slate.
Also, ABC ordered Celebrity Jeopardy! to pair with “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on Sunday nights; Niecy Nash-Betts’ “Rookie” spin-off gave the “BiP” leadout on Tuesdays; traded into “Abbott Elementary” on Wednesday’s fall comedy block; and put Hilary Swank’s new drama Alaska as the Thursday 10 p.m. show behind Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy.
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The new season of Bachelor in Paradise will be hosted by Jesse Palmer and Wells Adams returns to wait on the bar.
“The Bachelor franchise has long had a presence on Monday and Tuesday nights, so we know audiences love watching it on those nights,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment diversity Tuesday before the schedule is published. “Bachelor in Paradise has a very unique format in that it’s such a large tent for so many characters and storylines that it’s easily expanded through connected programs. So also just being creative, which is obviously the most important consideration, we think it’s going to be really fun for viewers to see these things over the course of the two nights – and not just see them, but talk about them. Bachelor in Paradise is one of our most social shows in terms of conversation, people just love to watch, discuss and then kind of watch again. And in terms of ratings, the show matched or even surpassed the Live + Same Day ratings of “Dancing With the Stars.” In terms of schedule stability and audience size and flow, it was the perfect show to pull off.”
If you’re ever going to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ with some presence on ABC again, there could potentially be one last connection as it’s now streaming live as a Disney+ exclusive: ‘What I can think you’ll see that this is a key priority throughout the Disney ecosystem. Just as we aligned the message with Abbott Elementary or the synergistic opportunities for the Oscars, I’m sure you’ll see the same thing with Dancing With the Stars.”
The Disney-owned network holds new Gina Rodriguez comedy Not Dead Yet for the midseason, as well as the return of The Wonder Years, A Million Little Things, American Idol, The Bachelor and Judge Steve “. Harvey.”
Erwich says the postponement of “The Wonder Years” was “unrelated” to recent allegations made against now-ousted executive producer Fred Savage, noting there’s “a lot of noise coming in the fall.” “The only thought we had for ‘The Wonder Years’ was that the show is such a special show, it touched and reached so many people, both fans and critics. It’s one of the few airborne sitcoms to have been nominated for a Peabody, which is a remarkable achievement in and of itself, but especially so in today’s television landscape. So the mid-season order was really about giving the show the time to creatively assemble itself in the best possible way, and letting us bring the show to market in the best and most thoughtful way.”
See ABC’s fall schedule with new shows in all caps below.
8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”
8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
10:00 p.m. “THE ROOKIE: FEDS”
8:00 p.m. “The Conners”
8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:00 p.m. “Abbott Elementary” (new evening)
9:30 p.m. “Housekeeping”
10:00 p.m. “Big Sky” (new night)
8:00 p.m. “Bahnhof 19”
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. “ALASKA”
8:00 p.m. “Shark Pool”
9:00 p.m. “20/20” (two hours)
8:00 p.m. College Football
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “CELEBRITIES DANGER!”
9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”
10:00 p.m. “The Beginner”
See the descriptions for ABC’s new series below.
NEW AUTUMN SERIES
From the mind of Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), “Alaska” stars as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life to join an Anchorage-based Metro newspaper to pursue her career to embark on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.
In addition to Swank, Alaska stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park, and Craig Frank as Austin Green.
Tom McCarthy is creator and executive producer. Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke, Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News) and Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) are executive producers of the series. Alaska is produced by 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios.
The pilot episode was written and directed by Tom McCarthy.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Celebrity Jeopardy! is a brand new game show airing on ABC this fall. This new series welcomes celebrity contestants competing for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. A host will be announced at a later date.
“Celebrity Danger!” executive producer is Michael Davies.
THE BEGINNER: FEDS
From the executive producers of the flagship series The Rookie comes The Rookie: Feds, starring Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest freshman at the FBI Academy. The spin-off was introduced as a two-part event during the ongoing fourth season of The Rookie, with Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the FBI’s LA Branch enlisting the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a Suspect of a terrorist attack.
The Rookie: Feds stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, Frankie Faison as Christopher “Cutty” Clark and Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza.
Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter are co-creators and executive producers. Executive Producers are Mark Gordon, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Bill Norcross and Corey Miller. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio and international distributor of The Rookie: Feds, a co-production with ABC Signature.
NEW MIDSEASON SERIES
NOT DEAD YET
From creators David Windsor and Casey Johnson (“This Is Us,” “The Real O’Neals”) and starring Gina Rodriguez, “Not Dead Yet” follows Nell Stevens (Rodriguez), a broke and recently single, self-proclaimed Disaster to resume at work the life and career she left behind 10 years ago. When she gets the only job she can find – writing obituaries – Nell begins getting life advice from an unlikely source. The series is based on the book Confessions of a 40-something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter.
Not Dead Yet stars Gina Rodriguez as Nell, Joshua Banday as Dennis and Angela Gibbs as Cricket.
Casey Johnson and David Windsor are creators and executive producers. Also executive producing are Gina Rodriguez and McG, Mary Viola and Corey Marsh of Wonderland Sound and Vision. The series is produced by 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios.