A pair of comedies and a string of unscripted series have secured seats on ABC for the 2023-24 TV season.
The broadcaster, owned by Disney, has extended The Conners for a sixth season and Not dead yet for a second; the two comedies collide Abbot Elementary School on the schedule. Most of ABC’s unscripted lineup on the season – America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrity Jeopardy!, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune And Shark cage – is also set to return.
How those nine shows fit into ABC’s plans for the upcoming season remains to be seen; the network will release a fall schedule later today that is expected to rely heavily on unscripted programming as the Writers Guild of America strike continues and could delay the start of scripted show production for the fall.
With the innovations of The Conners And Not dead yet, only two of ABC’s scripted series from this season are still awaiting word on their future. The network will call comedy Household economics and drama The rookie: Feds sometime after the upfronts, along with decisions on five pilots (three dramas and two comedies). The network has picked up one pilot to series, titled a crime drama High potential that plays Kaitlin Olson.
ABC also adds 911 to the lineup after Fox dropped the show (which is produced by ABC’s Disney sibling, 20th Television) and gave early renewals to Abbot Elementary School and dramas The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie, Station 19 And Will Trent.
America’s Funniest Home Videos, the longest-running prime-time entertainment series in ABC history, will air for its 34th season in 2023-24. The other unscripted renewals are, in descending order of their time on ABC, The Bachelor (season 28), Shark cage (season 15), Bachelor in Paradise (season nine), american idol (season seven on ABC and 22 overall, with the first 15 on Fox), Famous Wheel of Fortune (season four) and Celebrity Danger! (season two).