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Phoenix 101: Broadcast TV is Back — What Does That Look Like?

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney TelevisionMany of ABC's biggest shows are returning this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadcast television has been a dwindling fad in recent decades and the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic only furthered the hit on the television industry. While streaming services have filled in those summer entertainment void, network TV is back for the 2020-21 season. As schedules have changed and many shows remain on the backburner, check out some highlights of what’s coming back — and when.

A new season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” kicked off Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with a casting shake-up. While the show stayed loyal to casting D-listers and calling them “stars” — with a cast including Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame and meme-queen Skai Jackson — Tyra Banks stepped up as host after the network let go of long-running hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Keeping in the reality sphere, ABC’s game night kicks off Sundays starting Oct. 18, including a revival of “Supermarket Sweep,” as well as the recent revival of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” 

And even in the height of a pandemic, “The Bachelorette” is returning for another spin on ABC. With a season taking place entirely at a Californian resort due to COVID, the high-stakes relationship reality show is back with a fresh twist. “The Bachelorette” will air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. starting Oct. 13.

Over on FOX, viral sensation “The Masked Singer” returns for another season of questionable outfits and even more questionable casting choices, preceded by new reality TV series “I Can See Your Voice,” a singing competition in which the judges can’t hear the singer’s voice. The duo air Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m., kicking off Sept. 23.

Having waited in the wings a full year, salacious, new primetime soap “Filthy Rich” starring “Sex and the City’s” Kim Cattrall dropped on Monday, Sept. 21 and can be caught Mondays at 8 p.m. throughout the fall. The show is described as a “Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion collide—with outrageously soapy results” and is sure to fill any soap fan’s thirst. 

The only other new drama on the fall schedule, ABC’s “Big Sky,” a show about private detectives racing to stop a killer kidnapper, lands Nov. 17, where it will lead out of “The Bachelorette” at 9 p.m.

With such a dire drought of filmed television, FOX and CBS have pulled in shows from the reserves to plug some holes. “L.A’s Finest,” a Spectrum Original, will air its already-released first season on FOX, starting Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Former-Netflix original “One Day at a Time” will continue its ping-pong from networks, landing on CBS to air its fourth season — which originally aired on the Pop Network — Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.

On the returning scripted side, shows won’t be back quite as soon. On Oct. 21, ABC’s comedy line-up, including hits “black-ish” and “The Goldbergs,” will make their debut starting at 7 p.m. NBC’s “Superstore” starts back up in its regular Thursday time slot, premiering Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. 

The delayed back half of the final season of CW’s “Supernatural” will kick back off Oct. 8, leading to the series finale on Nov. 19.

The everlasting “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spinoff “Station 19” make their return Nov. 12, kicking off with the latter at 7 p.m. After coronavirus-induced production concerns led to ABC reversing its renewal of “Stumptown,” sophomore drama “For Life,” produced by 50 Cent, will take its place Wednesdays at 9 p.m., starting Nov. 18.

NBC kicks off its scripted game in November with the return of the “Chicago” franchise on Nov. 11, starting at seven p.m. Massive hit “This Is Us” returns for more melodrama Nov. 10 with a special two-hour premiere.

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