NEW YORK -- With the TV industry in flux, ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke said a goal for the network's 2019-20 schedule is something audiences might see as a gift -- stability.
There will be newcomers, notably Tiffany Haddish, and inevitable cancelations. But ABC said next season represents the lightest hand in more than a decade.
"Viewers love our shows and we are listening to the audience. So this year we're not trying to jam them with too many messages and too many new shows to watch," Burke said. Although ABC had a "tough" start last fall, she said, a ratings rebound since January justifies the approach.
That means nurturing the shows in place, such as long-time ABC successes "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Bachelor" and not "putting on something new for the sake of something new," she said. A marketplace increasingly packed with streaming content is another reason to hold steady, Burke said.
But low-rated series are out, and their replacements include Haddish as host and producer of a reboot of "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Burke told a teleconference the actress-comedian who gained fame in "Girls Trip" was the star she most coveted and other networks competed for her show.
There are three other newbies debuting in fall, including "mixed-ish," a "black-ish" spinoff that stars Arica Himmel as the preteen version of the mom, Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross in the original show.
Allison Tolman stars in "Emergence," described as a character-driven genre thriller, while the graphic novel-based "Stumptown" stars Cobie Smulders as an Army veteran turned private eye.
The midseason entries include the dramas "For Life," about a prisoner seeking freedom for himself and others, with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson among the producers, and "The Baker and the Beauty," about the unlikely romance between a working man and a superstar.
The family comedy "United We Fall" also is on deck for midseason.Entertainment on 05/15/2019
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