The ABC 2016 Fall Premiere Dates Are Here, Check Out When ‘Once Upon A Time’ , ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ And More Will Return

Summer has just started, but that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t get excited about the upcoming TV season. The official 2016 calendar of fall premiere dates for ABC has been announced with many returning favorites reappearing and also brand new shows making their way on screen.

The new fall season that has been posted by Deadline shows the schedule for September and October. ABC is one of the leading networks that airs some of the most highly anticipated and well-loved TV shows. They are also adding a few new ones to the mix that may or may not be a big hit this year.


Dancing with the Stars is always hyped up way beforehand as everyone tries to guess which celebrities will be asked to show off their dancing skills for the upcoming season. The dance competition is the first show on the list and will kick off on Monday, September 12, with a two-hour premiere for its 23rd season. Watch for plenty of news and rumors circulating until official announcements are made later on this summer.

The following Sunday, September 18, is officially the start of premiere week with the airing of the 68th Emmy Awards starting at 7 p.m. with the pre-show and then moving directly into the actual awards at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20, will have the two-hour results show of Dancing with the Stars. The votes will be counted and one couple may end up being the first one to go home that week. Immediately after that, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will return for its fourth season.

Three returning favorites and two new shows will be airing on Wednesday, September 21. Season 4 of The Goldbergs will kick off the night followed by newbie Speechless. Fan-favorites, Modern Family and Black-ish, will follow the Wednesday lineup, and then new series, Designated Survivor, will round out the night.

Designated Survivor is one of the most highly-anticipated new shows of the fall season. Many will be watching Kiefer Sutherland transform from a White House cabinet member into the President of the United States after a devastating attack on Washington. Sutherland plays the role of Tom Kirkland and from the looks of the trailer, this drama may prove to be one of the best new ones of the season.


On with the following night, September 22, as Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder continues with the Thursday night tradition. The series premiere of Notorious will be sandwiched in between the two highly-rated returnees as well.

Friday, September 23, will not be seeing any new shows as ABC will be sticking with returning favorites. Season 6 of Last Man Standing will start out the evening with the Season 2 premiere of Dr. Ken and Season 8 of Shark Tank premiering after that.

Sunday, September 25, will be the Season 6 premiere of Once Upon a Time. Who will viewers see next on this fairy tale drama? One thing that viewers will see is Queen Regina times two. According to EW, there is expected to be lots of double trouble in Storybrooke. Both Secrets and Lies and Quantico will have their second season premieres that night as well.

Fall premiere dates include [Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM]Skipping to the following Sunday, October 2, will be the Season 27 premiere of America’s Funniest Home Videos, while Monday, October 3, will have the first look at Conviction starring Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell. This new fall show is replacing the vacant time slot left by Castle on Monday nights after that long-running show was canceled last season.

Tuesday, October 11, three returning shows will make their way back on ABC. Season 8 of The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, and Season 2 of The Real O’Neals will return. The new series, American Housewife, will be premiering as well that same night.


This rounds out the early fall season premiere dates for 2016 on ABC. Be sure to mark your calendars as not to miss any of your favorites, and also any new shows that you may be interested in viewing.

Which are your returning favorites? Is there a particular new ABC series that you think may be added to your list of favorite TV shows?

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