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ABC autumn lineup: ‘Marvel's Inhumans' debuts, ‘Roseanne' returns, ‘Scandal' ends

Roseanne Barr returns to the small screen in 2018 in ABC's sitcom 'Roseanne'. — AFP pic
Roseanne Barr returns to the small screen in 2018 in ABC's sitcom 'Roseanne'. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, May 19 — A host of new shows have been announced on the US TV network’s 2017-2018 schedule.

The network is hedging its bets on various original creations, including a new Marvel series, a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off and a medical show from the creator of House.

ABC is even reviving its hit comedy Roseanne with the original cast.

With new shows struggling to take off and aging long-runners, ABC is hoping to rebuild its profile next season with a largely overhauled schedule.

From autumn 2017, TV viewers can tune into Inhumans, a new small-screen Marvel venture based on mutant humans with various superpowers.

The network also has high hopes for The Good Doctor, a new medical show from the creator of House.

David Shore has signed up Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) to play a young gifted surgeon with Asperger’s syndrome.

Former The Closer star, Kyra Sedgwick, will take the lead in Ten Days in the Valley, the story of a mother investigating her daughter’s kidnapping.

The final new show landing this autumn will be The Gospel of Kevin, about a guy who encounters a celestial being that presents him with a mission — to save the world.

Zach Braff, Roseanne and a Shonda Rhimes legal show for 2018

ABC will update its schedule early next year to make way for the rest of its new arrivals.

These include For the People, a series about ambitious New York lawyers produced by Shonda Rhimes.

Zach Braff (Scrubs) will star in Alex, Inc., about a father who quits his job as a journalist to start his own business.

The Crossing, set 250 years in the future, sees refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American town, only the country these people are from is America, and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet.

Deception follows an illusionist who helps the FBI solve crimes that appear to defy explanation. 

On the comedy front, the network will debut The Mayor, the story of a rapper who stands for local election in order to gain notoriety, only to be elected mayor, and Splitting up Together, about the daily lives of a divorced couple who are still sharing a home.

The most eagerly awaited show of 2018 will no doubt be Roseanne, the cult 1990s sitcom that returns to screens next year, 21 years after the final episode aired.

Fans will be pleased to hear that original cast members Roseanne Barr and John Goodman will return to their roles for the eight new episodes, alongside Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and Sarah Chalke.

ABC also has a new Grey’s Anatomy spin-off in the works for 2018. The series, based on Seattle firefighters, will run alongside the original drama which enters its 14th season in September.

Scandal also returns for a seventh and final season. — AFP-Relaxnews

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