Today at its TCA presentation, ABC announced the upcoming dates for the series finales of MODERN FAMILY and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, along with news about new show pick-ups.
MODERN FAMIY. The series finale of the show will air on Wednesday, April 8. In addition, ABC is giving fans the power to program an entire night filled with their favorite “Modern Family” episodes that will air Wednesday, March 11 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. The show will return on Thursday, April 2 to air its final six episodes, with the series finale airing on Thursday, May 14.
THE BEAUTY AND THE BAKER. The new series starring Victor Rasuk and Nathalie Kelley will premiere on Monday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. According to ABC, “Daniel Garcia (Rasuk) is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But when he meets Noa Hamilton (Kelley) on a wild Miami night, his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull his family into a culture clash?”
THE CONNORS. The show will air a special live episode the night of the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, February 11. ABC News coverage of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary will be incorporated into the story in real time as the results roll in during the evening. ABC hinted that “The live episode will find Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you may have to vote for a candidate you don’t love but one that will “screw you the least.” All of this happens against the backdrop of romance when Louise (guest star Katey Sagal) gets an opportunity that might send her away from Lanford, prompting the family to interfere in Dan’s (John Goodman) complicated relationship with her by throwing Louise a surprise going-away party, creating major new tensions between Dan and his daughters.”
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN LIVE! ABC has joined together with Mel Brooks to bring the Broadway version of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to the channel for a live airing later this fall.
THE EMMYS. The 2020 Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20. Nominations for the awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 14.
SHARK TANK and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. The network is shuffling its schedule a bit, with SHARK TANK returning to Friday nights beginning Friday, February 28 and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE moving to Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. beginning on April 15.
THE BRIDES. ABC has picked up a new supernatural drama named THE BRIDES to pilot. The show is created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (RIVERDALE) and is described as “a sexy contemporary reimagining of DRACULA” and “a family drama with a trio of powerful female leads at its heart.”
THIRTYSOMETHING. Finally, ABC announced that the network has picked up a sequel series to THIRTYSOMETHING called THIRTYSOMETHING(ELSE). The show will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston). Original showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will return.