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ABC Renews 19 Shows, Gives 2 Straight-to-Series Orders


ABC has set its 2020-2021 programming slate, which includes a slew of renewals alongside the new David E. Kelley thriller Big Sky and the comedy Call Your Mother from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine).

Big Sky follows as private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

Call Your Mother (formerly My Village) is a multicamera comedy that follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

The network has renewed 19 series for new seasons. This includes American Housewife (season 5), The Bachelor (season 25), black-ish (season 7), The Conners (season 3), Dancing with the Stars (season 29), The Goldbergs (season 8) and A Million Little Things (season 3). Also returning to ABC are mixed-ish (season 2), The Rookie (season 3), Shark Tank (season 12), Stumptown (season 2) and the revived Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (season 2).

“At a time when we are physically apart and shared experiences matter more than ever, these shows will build on the strategy that has made us number one this season—bringing people together, creating cultural moments, and making content that entertains and inspires across generations and demographics,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “Our top priority now is to work with our studio partners to ensure a safe return to production so that we can build on the strong momentum of a winning lineup with measured bets on new series that will invigorate our air and continue to deliver the quality programming that our viewers have come to expect and love.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]


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