ABC announces its 2020 premiere schedule. Both Dancing with the Stars and the long delayed The Bachelorette are scheduled to premiere, on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively.
The Bachelorette season 16 starring Clare Crawley embarking on a new journey to find true love, and hosted by Chris Harrison has yet to begin production due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Ideas tossed around include ditching the far flung destinations and just esconsing the cast and crew in a house somewhere for the duration.
As far as Dancing with the Stars 29th season is concerned, there is no word on how producers intend to shoot the all live weekly production. Body contact is unavoidable, because dancing! One way would be to test every participant for coronavirus, and keep them quarantined for the duration. But that’s a lot to ask! Not to mention the crew: live shows have huge crews of tech, trainers, makeup and costume people.
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Los Angeles TV and movie production is beginning to open up. But at the same time, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in California, including Los Angeles. If cases continue to rise, governor Gavin Newsom could re-instate lockdowns.
Meanwhile, ABC’s previously announced programming slate includes renewals for 20 series and two straight-to-series orders from its current crop of pilots – David E. Kelley’s thriller Big Sky and the comedy Call Your Mother (formerly My Village) from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) – as well as the revival of alternative series Supermarket Sweep with Leslie Jones.
New seasons of American Idol, “The Bachelor,” “black-ish, For Life and mixed-ish will premiere later in the season.
Also on the schedule: America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, The Conners, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, and Grey’s Anatomy.
ABC Fall 2020 Schedule
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm The Good Doctor
8 pm The Bachelorette (new night)
10 pm BIG SKY
8 pm The Goldbergs
8:30 pm American Housewife
9 pm The Conners (new night)
9:30 pm CALL YOUR MOTHER
10 pm Stumptown
8 pm Station 19
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm A Million Little Things
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20
8 pm Saturday Night Football
7 pm AFV
8 pm SUPERMARKET SWEEP
9 pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
10 pm The Rookie