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Canadian Cobie Smulders snags lead in new ABC series Stumptown

Canadian Cobie Smulders snags lead in new ABC series Stumptown
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Just three new scripted series will be added to ABC’s lineup this fall, echoing conservative schedules announced Monday by NBC and Fox. On tap:

Cobie Smulders attends the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back premiere on Oct. 21, 2016 at CineStar Sony Center in Berlin, Germany.  (Ben Kriemann/Future-Image / TNS)

Meanwhile, ABC is reviving Kids Say the Darndest Things, a reality show in which Bill Cosby, from 1998-2000, amused CBS viewers with his interactions with precocious kids. Now Tiffany Haddish will take the reins as host and executive producer for in-studio and remote segments including “Best Carpool Ever,” in which she drives a minivan full of kids; and “Granny Tiff,” when, dressed in prosthetics as an older woman, she gets technology tips from youngsters. The show will air Sundays at 8 EDT/PDT this fall.

Elsewhere:

American Idol will be back in 2020 on ABC. So will Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff Station 19. But nearly all other returning shows will air in the fall. And The Conners will likely do a full season of episodes, potentially doubling the 11 it aired this season.

On the cancellation heap: Freshmen series The Fix, The Kids Are Alright, Splitting Up Together and Whiskey Cavalier, along with Shonda Rhimes’ legal soap For the People and Speechless.

Coming later next season: Family comedy United We Fall; For Life, a fictionalized version of Isaac Wright Jr.’s life, about a prisoner-turned-lawyer, and The Baker and the Beauty, about a Cuban-American in Miami who meets an “international superstar and fashion mogul.”
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