‘Dancing With the Stars’ Kicks Off ABCs Fall Lineup, Including 5 New Shows

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
June 28, 2016 Updated: June 28, 2016

ABC has announced its fall television lineup for the 2016-2017 season—including the debut of five new shows—and it all begins with “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, Sept. 12.

The dancing competition will kick off its 23rd season of celebrity and professional dancer pairings vying for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman will return as judges. 

Most of ABC’s shows will premiere during the week of Sept. 19. Wednesday nights will include new comedy “Speechless;” Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson’s “Black-ish;” and Sofia Vergara’s “Modern Family.”

Highly anticipated new drama “Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland will also make its debut on Wednesday.

Shonda Rhimes continues her ABC reign on Thursday nights with “How to Get Away With Murder” (Sept. 22), and “Grey’s Anatomy”—starring Jesse Williams and Ellen Pompeo—(Sept. 22).

The Kerry Washington-led “Scandal” is scheduled for midseason release to accommodate Washington’s pregnancy. New drama series “Notorious” will air in its place. 

“Nashville” was noticeably missing from the line-up—it was canceled last month. The show was picked up by CMT.

“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,” said Brian Philips, president of CMT. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network.”

Premiere Dates for Fall (new programs in bold)

8-10 p.m. — Dancing With the Stars (Sept. 12)
10-11 p.m. — Conviction (Oct. 3)

8-8:30 p.m. — The Middle (Oct. 11)
8:30-9 p.m. — American Housewife (Oct. 11)
9-9:30 p.m. — Fresh Off the Boat (Oct. 11)
9:30-10 p.m. — The Real O’Neals (Oct. 11)
10-11 p.m. — Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Sept. 20)

8-8:30 p.m. — The Goldbergs (Sept. 21)
8:30-9 p.m. — Speechless (Sept. 21)
9-9:30 p.m. — Modern Family (Sept. 21)
9:30-10 p.m. — Black-ish (Sept. 21)
10-11 p.m. — Designated Survivor (Sept. 21)

8-9 p.m. — Grey’s Anatomy (Sept. 22)
9-10 p.m. — Notorious (Sept. 22)
10-11 p.m. — How to Get Away with Murder (Sept. 22)

8-8:30 p.m. — Last Man Standing (Sept. 22)
8:30-9 p.m. — Dr. Ken (Sept. 22)
9-10 p.m. — Shark Tank (Sept. 22)
10-11 p.m. — 20/20

7-8 p.m. — America’s Funniest Home Videos (Oct. 2)
8-9 p.m. — Once Upon a Time (Sept. 25)
9-10 p.m. — Secrets and Lies (Sept. 25)
10-11 p.m. — Quantico (Sept. 25)