ABC 2018 Upfronts: ‘Roseanne’ Arrives Early, TGIT Remains Intact & New Offerings Include ‘This Is Us’-Like Series

If you still don’t know the status of your favorite ABC shows from this season, check out our wrap-up before proceeding. Otherwise, keep reading to learn what the alphabet network unveiled at its 2018 upfronts presentation.

Before we get to the new offerings, let’s quickly discuss returning programs. Roseanne will premiere in the fall instead of being held for midseason like this year. Even with Scandal gone, TGIT will remain intact with Station 19 occupying the political drama’s former 9pm spot. When How To Get Away With Murder wraps up its season, Shonda Rhimes’ For The People will take over. Fresh Off The Boat and Speechless will move to Fridays to kick things off at 8pm. Otherwise, everything else is pretty much staying put.

With regards to new series, I’m liking a lot of what ABC is serving. Even though A Million Little Things looks like a poor man’s This Is Us, I’m intrigued. Equally as intriguing is The Fix which sorta asks the question, what if O.J. Simpson kept on killing after being acquitted of murder. Grand Hotel, from Eva Longoria, also looks interesting. It’s sorta Telenovela meets Jane The Virgin.

Check out the trailers for some of the new shows below, along with the fall schedule.

ABC 2018-2019 New Dramas

A Million Little Things

They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves. “A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.

The Rookie

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop, and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Whiskey Cavalier

Whiskey Cavalier is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance, and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish, and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

The Fix

Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft, and Sarah Fain, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios.

The Fix stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf, and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.

Grand Hotel

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina, and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

ABC 2018-2019 New Comedies

Single Parents

This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting, and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

The series stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy, and Brad Garrett as Douglas.

The Kids Are All Right

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.

The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William, and Santino Barnard as Pat.


The ABC Television Network has made a straight-to-series order of a new spinoff based on the hit comedy The Goldbergs. The series is slated for 2018-2019. The spinoff will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

ABC’s Schooled stars Bryan Callen as Coach Mellor, AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis, and Tim Meadows as Principal Glascott

ABC 2018-2019 Fall Schedule

8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm The Good Doctor

8 pm Roseanne
8:30 pm THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (New Show)
9 pm black-ish
9:30 pm Splitting Up Together

8 pm The Goldbergs
8:30 pm American Housewife (New time slot)
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 SINGLE PARENTS (New Show)

8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Station 19
10 pm How to Get Away With Murder

8 pm Fresh Off the Boat (New time slot)
8:30 pm Speechless (New time slot)
9 pm Child Support (New time slot)
10 pm 20/20

8 pm Saturday Night Football

7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
9 pm Shark Tank

ABC 2018-2019 Midseason Offerings

American Idol, The Bachelor, THE FIX, For the People (takes over HGTAWM after season ends), GRAND HOTEL, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., SCHOOLED, WHISKEY CAVALIER.