ABC has unveiled its 2015 fall schedule and also revealed that it's once again time to play the music and light the lights, because Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets are officially returning to primetime.
Family-friendly half-hour The Muppets is by far the buzziest element of the network's fall lineup, which otherwise remains largely the same as it did during the 2014-'15 season. Once again, Modern Family anchors a two-hour Wednesday-night comedy block, and Shonda Rhimes owns Thursdays, the home of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. There are a few newcomers, however, including two "masculine" soaps and a comedy starring Ken Jeong of Community and The Hangover.
Early 2016 will bring several more new programs to ABC, including an adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes and John Candy movie Uncle Buck with Mike Epps in the title role, as well as the returns of American Crime and Secrets and Lies.
Read on to find out what's airing when, and to watch trailers for ABC's new fall shows.
8 to 10 pm – Dancing with the Stars
10 to 11 pm – Castle
8 to 8:30 pm – The Muppets, which ABC president Paul Lee describes as "not your parents' Muppets." Co-written and -produced by The Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady, the series will try its hand at the mockumentary style in order to explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants, and desires. Watch a trailer below:
8:30 to 9 pm – Fresh Off the Boat
9 to 10 pm – Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 to 10 pm (in the gap between S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fall and spring half-seasons) – Marvel's Agent Carter
10 to 11 pm – New drama Quantico follows a diverse group of FBI recruits. It sounds like a fairly standard premise, until you learn the series' "twist": one of them may be the mastermind behind the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. (Okay, it still doesn't sound that fresh, but you can see what ABC is going for.) Watch a trailer below:
8 to 8:30 pm – The Middle
8:30 to 9 pm – The Goldbergs
9 to 9:30 pm – Modern Family
9:30 to 10 pm – Black-ish
10 to 11 pm – Nashville
8 to 9 pm – Grey's Anatomy
9 to 10 pm – Scandal
10 to 11 pm – How to Get Away With Murder
8 to 8:30 pm – Last Man Standing
8:30 to 9 pm – New comedy Dr. Ken, starring Community and The Hangover's Ken Jeong. Jeong — who actually worked as a medical doctor before he started acting — plays a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He wants to be a good family man to his therapist wife (Suzy Nakamura) and two children, but generally just drives everyone crazy at home. Fans of the late ABC sitcom Trophy Wife will be pleased to see Albert Tsai (Bert!) return to television as one of Dr. Ken's kids. Watch a trailer below:
9 to 10 pm – Shark Tank
10 to 11 pm – 20/20
8 pm – Saturday Night Football
7 to 8 pm – America's Funniest Home Videos
8 to 9 pm – Once Upon a Time
8 to 9 pm (in the gap between Once Upon a Time's fall and spring half-seasons) – Galavant
9 to 10 pm – Oil is a North Dakota–set drama about a married couple who dream of escaping their working-class roots and striking it rich during the biggest oil discovery in American history. Described as a "masculine soap," the series is poised to follow in the footsteps of shows like Dallas and Dynasty. Watch a trailer below:
10 to 11 pm – Of Kings and Prophets, another "masculine soap," is a Biblical saga of faith, ambition, and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet, and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Watch a trailer below: