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You can count the number of scripted shows on one finger
You can tell which networks think the writers strike will go on for a long time and which don't based on their fall TV schedules. Looking at ABC's 2023 fall TV schedule, the picketing writers might want to invest in a new pair of comfortable shoes, because Disney/ABC is predicting a long standoff. There's only one scripted series on ABC's schedule as of now, and it's repeats of Abbott Elementary. All the other time slots are taken up by unscripted reality shows, spanning the genre from dating competitions (The Bachelor franchise) to game shows (Celebrity Jeopardy! and others) to news programs (20/20) to whatever Steve Harvey is doing (Judge Steve Harvey).
All of ABC's other familiar programs, such as Grey's Anatomy and The Good Doctor, are being held for a later date, and overloading the schedule with game shows allows ABC the flexibility to insert its scripted fare in the lineup when the timing is right, though that comes with the possibility of shorter seasons, if we get seasons at all.
There's only one new show on ABC's fall schedule, though technically it's also an old one. The Golden Bachelor is the highly anticipated (by me, at least) extension of The Bachelor that tries to find love for the senior crowd, and it will air way after their bedtime at 10/9c on Mondays. Also of note is the return of ABC News' What Would You Do?, which ran for over a dozen seasons from 2008-2020, and the return of Dancing with the Stars to linear TV after a one-season trial of exclusivity on Disney+.
In other news, ABC is calling 9-1-1, but it's not an emergency. The network is the new home to the first responder drama after it moves over from Fox, where it aired for six seasons, to ABC in an unusual move even for this wacky age of television we live in. But like other scripted shows, its timing is still unknown.
2023-2024 Fall TV Schedules: Fox Fall TV Shows, NBC Fall TV Shows, CBS Fall TV Shows, The CW Fall TV Shows
9-1-1 (from Fox), Abbott Elementary, American Idol, America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Celebrity Jeopardy, The Conners, The Good Doctor, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey's Anatomy, Not Dead Yet, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Station 19, Will Trent
The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things
The Golden Bachelor
See the full ABC fall schedule below. Specific premiere dates will be announced at a later date. New shows are in ALL CAPS. All times listed in Eastern Time.
7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos (Season 34)
8 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Disney (too many seasons to count; three hours)
8 p.m.: Dancing with the Stars (Season 32; two hours)
10 p.m.: THE GOLDEN BACHELOR (Season 1)
8 p.m.: Celebrity Jeopardy! (Season 2)
9 p.m.: Bachelor in Paradise (Season 9; two hours)
8 p.m.: Judge Steve Harvey (Season 6)
9 p.m.: Abbott Elementary (Repeat)
9:30 p.m.: Abbott Elementary (Repeat)
10 p.m.: What Would You Do? (Season 16)
8 p.m.: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (Season 4)
9 p.m.: Press Your Luck (Season 4)
10 p.m.: The $100,000 Pyramid (Season 7)
8 p.m.: Shark Tank (Season 15)
9 p.m.: 20/20 (Season 46; two hours)
7:30 p.m.: College Football