ABC Releases Fall TV Lineup Amid Writer’s Strike
As the writer’s strike continues to impact the television industry, ABC has released its fall TV lineup, which features no scripted shows. However, the network is bringing back one fan favorite: “Dancing With the Stars.” The celebrity dance competition will air on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a new senior edition of “The Bachelor” called “The Golden Bachelor” at 10 p.m. ET. The rest of ABC’s slate of shows will be game shows, reruns, or unscripted shows like “Shark Tank.”
What About Late-Night Shows?
ABC’s late-night show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” is currently on hiatus as the writer’s strike enters its third week. Reruns of the show have aired since May 1. It is unclear what the network intends to do with the prime-time hour if the writer’s strike continues into the fall. ABC could modify the schedule if the writers return to work in time to bring shows back to production.
Will Other Networks Follow Suit?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox and NBC are each preparing fall schedules that will not include scripted shows due to the ongoing strike. The Writers Guild of America threatened to picket in April, when the union said writers for TV and streaming were entitled to better pay. There are currently no updates as to whether the union is close to reaching a deal to end the strike.
ABC’s Fall TV Lineup
- “Dancing With the Stars” on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET
- “The Golden Bachelor” on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET
- Game shows, reruns, and unscripted shows like “Shark Tank”
- College football games on Saturdays
- “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET
- “The Wonderful World of Disney” on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET
The Hollywood Reporter described the Sunday night time slot as a “movie night.” While ABC’s fall lineup may not include scripted shows, it still offers a variety of entertainment options for viewers.
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