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ABC sets premiere dates for 'American Idol,' 'DWTS,' new series 'The Crossing,' 'Deception'

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Mon, Jan 8th 2018 08:25 pm
`American Idol`: ABC's `American Idol` judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)
"American Idol": ABC's "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)
Premiere dates also announced for new series 'Alex Inc.,' 'For The People,' 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff & 'Splitting Up Together'
'American Idol' to air Sundays and Mondays starting March 11; 'Dancing with the Stars' set for April 30
Schedule includes previously announced one-hour 'Roseanne' premiere; 'Scandal' series finale is April 19
The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for the new dramas "The Crossing," "Deception," "For The People" and the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, as well as new comedies "Alex, Inc." and "Splitting Up Together." Additionally, "American Idol" will air Sundays and Mondays, beginning March 11. Dates have also been set for the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" all-athletes edition and the return of "Quantico."
The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff joins the "TGIT" lineup with a special two-hour premiere Thursday, March 22 (9 p.m. EDT), before assuming its regular timeslot Thursday, March 29 (9 p.m.). The final four episodes of "Scandal" will air at 10 p.m., Thursdays, beginning March 29. The series finale airs April 19.
As previously announced, "Roseanne" kicks off with a special one-hour premiere on Tuesday, March 27 (8 p.m.). Its regular timeslot will be 8-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning April 3, followed by "The Middle" at its new time (8:30-9 p.m.).
The season finale episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" and "Speechless" will air March 20 and March 21, respectively.
Below are ABC's midseason premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):
Sunday, March 11
8 p.m. "American Idol"
10 p.m. "Deception"
Monday, March 12
8 p.m. "American Idol"
Tuesday, March 13
10 p.m. "For The People"
Thursday, March 22
9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (two-hour premiere)
Tuesday, March 27
8 p.m. "Roseanne" (one-hour premiere)
9:30 p.m. "Splitting Up Together"
Wednesday, March 28
8:30 p.m. "Alex, Inc."
Thursday, March 29
9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (time-period premiere)
10 p.m. "Scandal" (new time)
Monday, April 2
10 p.m. "The Crossing"
Tuesday, April 3
8 p.m. "Roseanne" (time-period premiere)
8:30 p.m. "The Middle" (new time)
Thursday, April 26
10 p.m. "Quantico" (Season 3 premiere)
Monday, April 30
8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition
About the New Shows
•"Alex, Inc.": Based on Alex Blumberg's successful podcast "StartUp," comedy series "Alex, Inc." is all about the things that happen - the good, the bad and the ugly - when a journalist and family man quits his job to start his own company. He quickly discovers it's going to be a lot harder than he thought.
The series stars Zach Braff as Alex Schuman, Michael Imperioli as Eddie, Tiya Sircar as Rooni Schuman, Hillary Anne Matthews as Deirdre, Elisha Henig as Ben Schuman and Audyssie James as Soraya Schuman.
•"American Idol": The iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre returns to airwaves at its new home on ABC. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the series.
•"The Crossing": Jude Ellis (Steve Zahn) is the sheriff of Port Canaan, a small fishing town, whose plans for a quiet life change instantly when refugees from a war-torn country wash up on his beach seeking asylum, only the country these people are from is America - and the war they are fleeing hasn't happened yet. As the feds set out to uncover the truth behind the mysterious migration, Jude will launch an investigation of his own with the help of his loyal sheriff's deputy, Nestor Rosario (Rick Gomez). Reece (Natalie Martinez) is a refugee, but she's different. She's an "Apex," a member of a genetically engineered human population. Her only goal once she arrives in town is to find her daughter, Leah (Bailey Skodje), from whom she is separated during the Crossing. 
Leading the investigation for the Department of Homeland Security is Emma Ren (Sandrine Holt), whose pursuit of the truth is complicated by the fact that her boss, DHS Undersecretary Craig Lindauer (Jay Karnes), seems to know a lot more about the migration than he's telling her. Emma's second-in-command is Bryce Foster (Luc Roderique), an empathetic agent who comes to find himself in over his head.
Another vital member of the government team is Dr. Sophie Forbin (Georgina Haig), who has her own personal reasons for researching the Apex phenomenon and what it could mean to the future of science. Caleb (Marcuis W. Harris) and his wife, Rebecca (Simone Kessell), Hannah (Kelley Missal) and Paul (Rob Campbell) are all survivors from the crossing who come bearing dark secrets and a desperate pursuit for a better life. 
•"Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition: ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show's professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes. 
•"Deception": When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion: the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world's most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.
"Deception" stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as FBI Agent Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as FBI Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.
•"For The People": Set in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (aka "The Mother Court"), the new Shondaland series show follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.
Best friends Sandra Bell (Britt Robertson) and Allison Adams (Jasmin Savoy Brown) serve as public defenders alongside Jay Simmons (Wesam Keesh) and their boss, Federal Public Defender Jill Carlan (Hope Davis). They face off against prosecutors Seth Oliver (Ben Rappaport), Leonard Knox (Regé-Jean Page), Kate Littlejohn (Susannah Flood) and their supervisor, chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Roger Gunn (Ben Shenkman). Our lawyers are joined by Judge Nicholas Byrne (Vondie Curtis-Hall), who rules on some of the court's most controversial cases, and Tina Krissman (Anna Deavere Smith), the formidable clerk of court who keeps everyone in line. 
These young lawyers will be put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of America's most prestigious trial court. 
•"Grey's Anatomy" Spinoff: The latest series from the executive producers of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" follows a group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 - from captain to newest recruit - as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women are like family, literally and figuratively, and together they put their own lives in jeopardy as first responders to save the lives of others.
The series stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.
•"Roseanne": The timeless sitcom that broke new ground and dominated ratings in its original run returns to ABC with all-new episodes. Featuring the complete original cast, new series regulars and notable returning guest stars, the revival will explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today's issues and even more laughs from a cast and crew that haven't missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America's favorite working-class family. 
The series stars Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. 
•"Splitting Up Together": From executive producers Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Kapnek ("Suburgatory"), Jeff Kleeman ("Little Big Shots") and Dean Holland ("Parks and Recreation") comes "Splitting Up Together," the story of Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson), whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. 
"Splitting Up Together" also stars Bobby Lee as Arthur, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

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