ABC Wednesday announced the temporary expansions of “20/20” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” to two hours, the shift of the first-season drama “A Million Little Things” to 9 p.m. Thursdays and premiere dates for three series.
The news magazine “20/20” will air from 9-11 p.m. Fridays for eight weeks beginning Jan. 4, with the 9-10 p.m. portion replacing the game show “Child Support.”
Each two-hour episode features new interviews “with key players in the biggest newsmaker stories in recent American history,” taking “a look at these cases through a modern lens, (challenging) original perceptions and (shedding) new light on each story,” according to ABC.
ABC will add a second hour of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” from 8-9 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 6, filling the time slot occupied by “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” whose first season ended Sunday.
A rerun will air from 7-8 p.m. and an original episode from 8-9 p.m.
When “American Idol” begins its second season on ABC March 3, airing Sundays from 8-10 p.m., “America’s Funniest Home Videos” will air from 7-8 p.m. and “Shark Tank” from 10-11 p.m. “Shark Tank” has been airing Sundays from 9-11 p.m. since Nov. 18 after “The Alec Baldwin Show” was removed from the schedule.
“A Million Little Things” will begin airing 9 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 17 when its next original episode airs. It had been airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. “Match Game” will begin airing in the time slot starting Jan. 9.
“American Housewife” will move to 8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5 after “The Conners” completes its season. “The Goldbergs”’ spinoff “Schooled” will move into “American Housewife’s” Wednesday 8:30-9 p.m. time slot beginning Jan. 9.
ABC also announced “Whiskey Cavalier” will premiere Feb. 27, the legal drama “The Fix” March 18 and “Grand Hotel” June 17.
“Whiskey Cavalier” stars Scott Foley, who is assigned to work with a CIA operative (Lauren Cohan) to lead an inter-agency team of “flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world — and each other — while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics,” according to ABC.
Its executive producers include Bill Lawrence, who created the 2001-10 comedy “Scrubs.”
“The Fix” stars Robin Tunney as a Los Angeles County prosecutor who leaves for rural Washington after a movie star she is prosecuting in a double-murder case is acquitted, then returns to the District Attorney’s Office when the same star is under suspicion for another murder.
Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, is among the executive producers.
“Grand Hotel” is described by ABC as “a bold, provocative drama” set at the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach with Demian Bichir starring as its owner and Roselyn Sanchez as his second wife. Former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is among the executive producers.
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