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ABC 2018 Fall Schedule: The Conners & Nathan Fillion’s The Rookie Premiere In October

John Goodman and Sara Gilbert The Conners ABC

Though the other networks have already shared theirs, ABC has at last finalized its fall 2018 TV schedule, complete with premiere dates for the Roseanne Barr-less spinoff The Conners, as well as Nathan Fillion’s return to TV with The Rookie. The new schedule also brings the series premiere of Alec Baldwin’s talk show, the single camera comedy Single Parents, and the relationship drama A Million Little Pieces. 

The big news from ABC’s fall schedule is, of course, the October start date for The Conners. It’s been a bumpy year for the Alphabet Network, as the Roseanne revival brought in huge ratings but also an enormous amount of controversy. That much is true both in terms of some of the show’s storylines as well as its star’s problematic social media antics, which led to the abrupt cancelation of the revival and the subsequent announcement that The Conners was going to move forward with the original cast, sans Barr.

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But that series won’t hit until October, which is also when the network’s other big premiere, The Rookie, hits. It’s probably no surprise that Nathan Fillion’s return to his old Castle stomping grounds will happen on the same night John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and the rest of the Conners make their debut, as the lead-in audience will presumably be quite sizable, and will more than justify the relatively late start date for both shows.  

Check out the full schedule below:

Nathan Fillion The Rookie ABC

MONDAY, SEPT. 24

  8:00-10:01pm                       Dancing with the Stars (Season 27 premiere)

  10:01-11:00pm                     The Good Doctor (Season 2 premiere)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26

  8:00-8:30pm                        The Goldbergs (Season 6 premiere)

  8:30-9:00pm                        American Housewife (Season 3 premiere; new time)

  9:00-9:31pm                         Modern Family (Season 10 premiere)

  9:31-10:00pm                       Single Parents (Series premiere)

  10:00-11:00pm                     A Million Little Things (Series premiere)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

  8:00-10:00pm                        Grey’s Anatomy (Season 15 premiere; two hours)

  10:00-11:00pm                      How to Get Away with Murder (Season 5 premiere)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

  7:00-8:00pm                          America’s Funniest Home Videos (Season 29 premiere)

THURSDAY, OCT. 4

  9:00-10:00pm                        Station 19 (Season 2 premiere)

Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan in Whiskey Cavalier ABC

FRIDAY, OCT. 5

  8:00-8:30pm                          Fresh Off the Boat (Season 5 premiere; new day and time)

  8:30-9:00pm                          Speechless (Season 3 premiere; new day)

  9:00-10:00pm                        Child Support (Season 2 premiere; new time)

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

  8:00-10:00pm                        Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (Series premiere; two hours)

 10:00-11:00pm                        Shark Tank (Season 10 premiere)

SUNDAY, OCT. 14

  10:00-11:00pm                      The Alec Baldwin Show (Series premiere)

TUESDAY, OCT. 16

  8:00-8:30pm                          The Conners (Series premiere)

  8:30-9:00pm                          The Kids Are Alright (Series premiere)

  9:00-9:30pm                          black-ish (Season 5 premiere)

  9:30-10:00pm                        Splitting Up Together (Season 2 premiere)

 10:00-11:00pm                       The Rookie (Series premiere)

ABC has relatively few new series premiering this fall, though it does have some promising additions to its lineup. Missing from the fall schedule, however, is the Scott Foley/Lauren Cohan action-comedy Whiskey Cavalier, which looks like it has the chance to be a standout for the network. Without that series in the offing for a few more months, it looks as though ABC’s hopes for a big fall season rest on the return of The Connersminus one, of course. 

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Source: ABC

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