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Allison Tolman and Alexa Swinton on `Emergence.` (ABC photo by Virginia Sherwood)
Allison Tolman and Alexa Swinton on "Emergence." (ABC photo by Virginia Sherwood)

ABC announces fall premiere dates for 2019-20 season


Tue, Jul 2nd 2019 11:00 pm

Premieres kick off with ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Monday, Sept. 16; ‘The Good Doctor’ is back Monday, Sept. 23;‘black-ish’ returns and expands its universe with new comedy spinoff, ‘mixed-ish’; return of ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Schooled,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘A Million Little Things’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

ABC has set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series for the 2019-20 season.

It all starts with the return of “Dancing with the Stars,” on Monday, Sept. 16 (8 p.m. EDT). “The Good Doctor” resumes its residency one week later – Monday, Sept. 23 (10 p.m.).

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, “The Conners” returns (8 p.m.), followed by “Bless This Mess” at its new time (8:30 p.m.). Next, the “black-ish” universe expands with the series debut of “mixed-ish” (9 p.m.), which tells the story of Rainbow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s. “black-ish” launches its sixth season at its new time (9:30 p.m.). The night culminates with the series premiere of new drama “Emergence,” starring Allison Tolman as a police chief trying to unravel a mystery involving a young child (10 p.m.).

“The Goldbergs” kicks off the night on Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8 p.m.), followed by “Schooled” (8:30 p.m.); the historic, final season debut of “Modern Family” (9 p.m.); and the season two premiere of “Single Parents” (9:30 p.m.). The series premiere of new drama “Stumptown,” based on the graphic novel and starring Cobie Smulders, rounds out the night (10 p.m.).

The longest-running prime-time medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy,” launches its 16th season on Thursday, Sept. 26 (8 p.m.), followed by the season premieres of “A Million Little Things” (9 p.m.) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (10 p.m.).

“American Housewife” bows on its new night and time, Friday, Sept. 27 (8 p.m.), followed by the season premiere of “Fresh Off the Boat” at its new time (8:30 p.m.), and ABC News’ “20/20” (9 p.m.).

On Sunday, Sept. 29, “AFV” launches its 30th season (7 p.m.). “Shark Tank,” dives into season 11 (9 p.m.); followed by “The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion, which premieres on its new night and time (10 p.m.).

Sunday, Oct. 6, marks the series premiere of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (8 p.m.). This fresh take on a TV classic is hosted and executive produced by Tiffany Haddish.

New series descriptions are below.

“Emergence”: A character-driven genre thriller, “Emergence” is about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.

The cast includes Allison Tolman as Jo, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Owain Yeoman as Benny, Ashley Aufderheide as Bree, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris, Zabryna Guevara as Abby with Donald Faison as Alex and Clancy Brown as Ed.

“Kids Say the Darndest Things”: Tiffany Haddish hosts and executive produces a new iteration of the classic variety show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The hilarious reimagined format showcases a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience. The series will capture Haddish’s unique voice and sensibility as she interacts with real kids – and their innocently entertaining points of view.

“mixed-ish”: In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s, and the constant dilemmas the family had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

The cast includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul, Tika Sumpter as Alicia, Gary Cole as Harrison, Christina Anthony as Denise, Arica Himmel as Bow, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica and Ethan Childress as Johan.

“Stumptown”: Based on the graphic novel series, “Stumptown” follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals (and not quite in alliance with the police).

The cast includes Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Jake Johnson as Grey McConnell, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.

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