ABC releases Fall 2024 schedule, disappointing Will Trent and Rookie fans everywhere

Well, if you had tried to make us guess ABC’s 2024-25 fall season announcement, we wouldn’t have been able to predict much of it.

There are new shows scattered all over the place, but ABC is going almost entirely reality, which is a choice.

Let’s see what we have to work with here.

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Two new shows will interest TV Fanatics: High Potential, starring Kaitlin Olson, which was postponed due to the strikes, and Doctor Odyssey, starring Joshua Jackson as a cruise ship doctor.

High Potential gets a 10/9c slot after Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday.

Kaitlin Olson at the 75th Emmy Awards

Despite the relationship disaster of The Golden Bachelor, ABC devotes an hour and a half each week to The Golden Bachelorette, while the award-winning comedy Abbott Elementary nestles between that and a docuseries called Scamanda.

On Thursday you’ll find Doctor Odyssey after 9-1-1 and before Grey’s Anatomy.

And TV Fanatic favorites The Rookie and Will Trent? Saved for mid-season.

According to Deadline, Disney TV Group President Craig Erwich says this is a vote of confidence in the two series, which they hope will be paused mid-season.

Remembering the Past-Vertical - Will Trent Season 2, Episode 8

Call us skeptical that any broadcast network will air a show uninterruptedly for its entire runtime, whether 22 or 13 episodes, or, as may be the case here, 18 episodes.

The Connors will also air midseason, along with The Bachelor, Celebrity Jeopardy!, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and What Would You Do, plus Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This all sounds as dramatically sparkling as watching paint dry.

Is this the fall ABC schedule we’d like to see?

No, but it’s the one we get.

Gray is Confused - long - The Rookie Season 6 Episode 8

ABC fall 2024 season schedule

(New programs in CAPITAL LETTERS; always ET/PT)


8:00 PM – Monday Night Football on select Mondays this fall / NB programming


8:00 PM – Dancing with the stars

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9:30 PM – Abbott Elementary


8:00 PM – 9-1-1
10pm – Grey’s Anatomy

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8:00 PM – Shark Tank
9:00 PM — 20/20 (two hours)


7:30 PM – College Football

Smiley Eddie Diaz - 9-1-1 Season 7 Episode 7


7:00 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 PM — The wonderful world of Disney

Well, what do you think? Are you as disappointed as we are with this schedule?

We may have more information about the new shows after ABC’s Upfronts presentation this afternoon.

Carissa Pavlica is the editor-in-chief and writer and critic for TV Fanatic. A member of the Critic’s Choice Association, she enjoys mentoring writers, talking to cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on X and email her here at TV Fanatic.