Following back-to-back wins as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 for the previous two seasons, ABC has set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series for the upcoming 2021-2022 season, including the highly anticipated new comedy “The Wonder Years” and the new drama “Queens.” Return dates have also been set for fan favorites “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Bachelorette” which, along with “The Bachelor,” were three of the top five highest-rated entertainment series on television last season.
Last fall’s No. 1 new series and ABC’s most-watched new drama in two years, “Big Sky,” returns on its new night, THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), joining “Station 19” (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) and TV’s longest-running primetime medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy” (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), for an evening of appointment viewing.
On TUESDAY, OCT. 19, love and hip-hop collide as reality stronghold “The Bachelorette” with Michelle Young debuts (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), followed by the premiere of the new drama series “Queens,” starring Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy, which will feature original music performed by the stars (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT).
The new fall season launches MONDAY, SEPT. 20, with the landmark 30th season of “Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). “The Good Doctor” returns to the operating room one week later – MONDAY, SEPT. 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
Need a midweek laugh? ABC is the place to be for all things funny as the network’s Wednesday night comedy block resumes on SEPT. 22 with “The Goldbergs” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT). Then, the highly anticipated reimagining of “The Wonder Years,” from Saladin K. Patterson (“Dave,” “The Big Bang Theory”), Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and original series star Fred Savage, debuts (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT); followed by “The Conners” (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT) and “Home Economics” at its new time (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT). The evening culminates with the season premiere of “A Million Little Things” (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).
Family fun is in ample supply on Sundays as “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” returns on its new night SEPT. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), followed by “Supermarket Sweep” at its new time (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). The evening culminates with “The Rookie” (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), and “AFV” joins the Sunday lineup OCT. 3 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT).
“Shark Tank” Fridays return with all-new episodes beginning OCT. 8 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), followed by a new season of ABC News’ “20/20” (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT).
Additional premiere dates for the 2021-2022 season will be announced at a later date.
ABC FALL PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific) follows below. New shows are in bold.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
08:00 p.m. – Dancing with the Stars
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
08:00 p.m. – The Goldbergs
08:30 p.m. – The Wonder Years (series premiere)
09:00 p.m. – The Conners
09:31 p.m. – Home Economics (new time)
10:00 p.m. – A Million Little Things
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
08:00 p.m. – Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (new day)
09:00 p.m. – Supermarket Sweep (new time)
10:00 p.m. – The Rookie
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
10:00 p.m. – The Good Doctor
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
08:00 p.m. – Station 19
09:00 p.m. – Grey’s Anatomy
10:01 p.m. – Big Sky (new day)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
07:00 p.m. – America’s Funniest Home Videos
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
08:00 p.m. – Shark Tank
09:01 p.m. – 20/20 (two hours)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19
08:00 p.m. – The Bachelorette
10:01 p.m. – Queens (series premiere)
New series descriptions are below.
NEW FALL SERIES
THE WONDER YEARS (Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 p.m. EDT)
Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, “The Wonder Years” is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their “wonder years” in a turbulent time.
“The Wonder Years” stars Don Cheadle, narrating the series as adult Dean Williams, Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman, Amari O’Neil as Cory Long and Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons.
Saladin Patterson serves as writer and executive producer. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment also executive produce along with original series star Fred Savage. The series is produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. The pilot episode is written by Saladin Patterson and directed by Fred Savage.
QUEENS (Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:01 p.m. EDT)
“Queens” follows four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had in the ‘90s when they were legends in the hip-hop world.
“Queens” stars Eve as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naturi Naughton as Jill aka Da Thrill, Nadine Velazquez as Valeria aka Butter Pecan, Taylor Selé as Eric Jones, Pepi Sonuga as Lil Muffin and Brandy as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics.
Zahir McGhee, Sabrina Wind and Tim Story are executive producers. Swizz Beatz is executive music producer. The series is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. The pilot episode was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tim Story.