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ABC Network unveils nine new shows & the return of many others! Check out the trailers! #ABCNetwork #ABCupfront

This is an incredible week! Despite some of my favorite shows being cancelled, like The Family and Grandfathered, ABC just announced the release of nine new series and the return of many more. If you're on my blog right now, chances are it's because you have some sort of addiction to entertainment like I do. I am not a couch potato, but we are pretty close. The TV and I are best friends. We do just about everything together. In fact, as I type this, the TV is keeping me entertained. With all of that said, you could imagine my excitement when ABC unveiled their 2016-2017 Primetime Schedule. 

Check out the new shows below, the returning shows, and grab the schedule to keep up with the best upcoming shows!

American Housewife

Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mother who is willing to do anything for her family. Her son, JJ (Michah Fowler) has cerebral palsy and she will fight for justice in order to give him what he deserves. From the creators of Fresh Off The Boat, comes Speechless on ABC.


Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

Designated Survivor 

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history. 

Downward Dog

Based on the web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Emmy-nominated Allison Tolman, “Fargo”), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst they may be the best thing for each other.

Imaginary Mary

Alice (Jenna Elfman) has her life turned upside-down when she ‘stupidly’ falls for the love of her life Ben (Stephen Schneider)— an adorable, quick-witted divorced father with three kids. But when she ignores her fears of commitment and her ability to mother, Imaginary Mary, her childhood invention (voiced by Rachel Dratch), comes back to life to express Alice’s deepest fears and add more chaos to the situation.


“Notorious” is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh Berman (“Blacklist,” “Bones,” “CSI”) is writer and executive producer, and Allie Hagan (“Suri’s Burn Book”) is writer and co-executive producer.


Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mother who is willing to do anything for her family. Her son, JJ (Michah Fowler) has cerebral palsy and she will fight for justice in order to give him what he deserves. From the creators of Fresh Off The Boat, comes Speechless on ABC.

Still Star-Crossed

“Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book by Melinda Taub.

Time After Time

Based on the novel and movie “Time After Time,” executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise, “Dawson’s Creek”) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.

Returning Shows

  • The Catch
  • Dr. Ken
  • Last Man Standing
  • The Real O'Neals
  • American Crime
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • The Bachelor
  • black-ish
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • The Goldbergs
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • The Middle 
  • Modern Family
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Quantico
  • Scandal
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Shark Tank
  • 20/20 

ABC Primetime 2016 – 2017 Schedule


ABC UPFRONT – May 17, 2016 – The ABC Television Network presents its new lineup for the 2016-2017 season to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City. (ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

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