ABC’s Fall 2023 Lineup: What’s New, What’s Gone and What’s Coming Soon

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ABC recently unveiled its lineup for fall 2023 featuring many changes influenced by the ongoing WGA strike. Let us break down which current shows are renewed and canceled, the influx of reality programming, the sole surviving scripted series and teasers for upcoming debuts down the line.

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The Impact of the WGA Strike

The WGA strike starting in June 2023 has halted production on numerous ABC scripted programs dependent on writers. ABC has ordered additional unscripted series as a result that are cheaper and faster to make without scripts including more reality and game shows. This is intended to attract viewers and fill holes left by lack of dramas and comedies.

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The Reality and Game Show Invasion

ABC is packing the fall schedule with celebrity-driven reality and game show competitions to compensate for less scripted content. Celebrity Jeopardy! hosted by LeVar Burton with famous contestants playing for charity Celebrity Wheel of Fortune returns hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White Classic game show The $100K Pyramid back with Michael Strahan

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The Golden Bachelor follows senior citizens finding love Bachelor in Paradise returns now hosted by David Spade Shark Tank investors back again News magazine 20/20 renewed

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The Return of Dancing with the Stars

The hit reality competition Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC fall schedule after going on hiatus in 2022. The revived show features a new format, judges and celebrity cast.This season's format will be more interactive with online and social media voting for favorite couples. The new judging panel includes dance champions Jennifer Grey, Rashad Jennings and Bindi Irwin.

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The celebrity cast draws big names from various fields including music superstars Taylor Swift and Zendaya, NBA legend LeBron James, comedian Kevin Hart and movie star Dwayne Johnson. They will be partnered with pro dancers like Sharna Burgess, Derek Hough, Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold.

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The Only Scripted Show: Abbott Elementary

Comedy Abbott Elementary stands alone as the sole scripted series among ABC fall lineup. It follows teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia public school.Brunson plays idealistic teacher Janine who is determined to make a difference despite limited resources. The rest of the talented ensemble cast includes Tyler James Williams, Chris Parnell, Lisa Kudrow and J.B. Smoove as quirky colleagues.

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Filmed mockumentary style for a realistic feel Abbott Elementary explores educator struggles with humor and heart. It also tackles serious themes of inequality, testing, budget cuts and activism.ABC has high hopes for this freshman comedy with critical acclaim and cultural buzz as their lone scripted bright spot among reality shows. Abbott Elementary promises laughs and insight for fans of heartfelt humor.

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The Canceled and Renewed Shows

ABC has canceled and renewed some of its shows for the fall of 2023. The Company You Keep - a drama following friends at a tech company embroiled in scandal starring Sarah Hyland. (Canceled after one season)

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Big Sky - a thriller about detectives solving crimes in Montana starring Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury. (Renewed for season 2)

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9-1-1 - an action series about first responders in LA starring Angela Bassett and Jennifer Love Hewitt. (Renewed for season 5)

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Judge Steve Harvey - a court show starring comedian Steve Harvey. (Canceled after one season)

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Press Your Luck - a game show hosted by Elizabeth Banks. (Renewed for season 4)

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The Upcoming Shows

ABC has unveiled some of its planned offerings set to premiere later in the 2023-2024 season. Ms. Marvel - a new Marvel superhero series following teenage shape-shifter Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. Actress Iman Vellani makes her debut in the title role.

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General Hospital Spotlight - a special celebrating 60 years of ABC long-running soap opera General Hospital with clips, interviews and tributes.

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Stand Up to Cancer - a charity special featuring celebrities and doctors sharing stories and messages about cancer research.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! 20th Anniversary Encore - rerunning a special celebrating 20 years of the late night talk show.

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Hip Hop Turns 50 - a documentary series exploring the history and impact of hip hop music and culture over the past five decades.

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The Final Verdict

ABC fall 2023 lineup balances returning favorites with reality newcomers as the network navigates the WGA strike. More stability awaits down the road but for now expect an unpredictable mix of unscripted and scripted programming!

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