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ABC Reveals 2019/20 Primetime Schedule

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 3 years ago

It was ABC’s turn today to unveil plans for Primetime 2019/20.

The schedule sees The Good Doctor remain a staple of Monday night, while new character-driven drama Emergence, starring Fargo’s Allison Tolman, takes over Manifest’s Tuesday at 10 pm slot, following a night of half hour comedies.

Wednesday sees the Goldbergs and Schooled making a return, along with Modern Family and Single Parents, followed by new procedural drama Stumptown, starring the Marvel franchise’s Coby Smulders.

Thursday meanwhile is set to continue its #TGIT lineup — with the exception of Station 19, which is expected to make a return mid-season.

Finally, The Rookie moves to Sunday night for season 2.

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For an in-depth look at the full schedule, along with further details on both Emergence and Stumptown read on.





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.

Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Paul McGuigan directs the pilot and is an executive producer. 

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.

The series is from ABC Studios. 


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.

Writer Jason Richman produces the series with Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad (The District), Greg Rucka (author of the “Stumptown” graphic novel series), Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood (illustrators of the Stumptown graphic novel series).

James Griffiths is an executive producer and directed the pilot. 

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.

Stumptown is from ABC Studios, and The District. 


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.

From Hank Steinberg, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson via G-Unit Film & Television, Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan of Doug Robinson Productions and Isaac Wright Jr. The pilot is directed and executive produced by George Tillman Jr. (The Hate U Give). 

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.

For Life is from Sony Pictures TV, ABC Studios, G-Unit Film & Television, and Doug Robinson Productions. 

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?

Dean Georgaris writes and executive produces with Becky Hartman Edwards and director David Frankel. In addition, Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan are executive producers, along with Assi Azar. The Baker and the Beauty is based on a hit Israeli show created by Assi Azar.

Cast: Victor Rasuk as DanielNathalie 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. 

The Baker and the Beauty is from ABC Studios, Universal Television, and Keshet Studios. 


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

8 PM –The Conners
8:30 PM — Bless This Mess
9:30 PM — black-ish

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

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

8 PM — American Housewife
8:30 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
9 PM — 20/20 (two hours)

8 PM — Saturday Night Football

7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
9 PM — Shark Tank
10 PM — The Rookie



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