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Mark Your Calendars: ABC’s Fall Premiere Dates are Here—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

ABC announces premiere dates for new shows and returning favorites, and Freeform prepares for its September programming event… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!


Fall Premiere Dates Announced for ABC’s 2019-20 Season

There’s nothing like the start of a fresh new season on television, right? And the debut of ABC’s 2019-20 Season is right around the corner—so make sure to mark your calendars with the following just-announced premiere dates! It all starts with the return of ABC’s iconic Dancing with the Stars in mid-September…

Monday, September 16
8-10 p.m.       Dancing with the Stars (Season 28 premiere)

Monday, September 23
10-11 p.m.     The Good Doctor (Season 3 premiere)

Tuesday, September 24
8-8:30 p.m.    The Conners (Season 2 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.    Bless This Mess (Season 2 premiere; new time)
9-9:30 p.m.    mixed-ish (Series premiere)
9:30-10 p.m.  black-ish (Season 6 premiere; new time)
10-11 p.m.     Emergence (Series premiere)

Wednesday, September 25
8-8:30 p.m.    The Goldbergs (Season 7 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.    Schooled (Season 2 premiere)
9-9:30 p.m.    Modern Family (Season 11 premiere)
9:30-10 p.m.  Single Parents (Season 2 premiere)
10-11 p.m.     Stumptown (Series premiere)

Thursday, September 26
8-9 p.m.         Grey’s Anatomy (Season 16 premiere)
9-10 p.m.       A Million Little Things (Season 2 premiere)
10-11 p.m.     How to Get Away with Murder (Season 6 premiere)

Friday, September 27
8-8:30 p.m.    American Housewife (Season 4 premiere; new day/time)
8:30-9 p.m.    Fresh Off the Boat (Season 6 premiere; new time)
9-11 p.m.       20/20

Sunday, September 29
7-8 p.m.         America’s Funniest Home Videos (Season 30 premiere)
9-10 p.m.       Shark Tank (Season 11 premiere)
10-11 p.m.     The Rookie (Season 2 premiere, new day and time)

Sunday, October 6
8-9 p.m.         Kids Say the Darndest Things (Series premiere)

For more information on ABC’s brand-new shows (as well as what’s to come from Freeform, FX Networks, National Geographic, and more), check out D23’s recent 2019-20 TV Season coverage.

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
July 20, 2019
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
January 17, 2020
Get VIP Tickets to Disney’s Frozen The Hit Broadway Musical
August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30; September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29; October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 2019
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom park
August 29, 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort
August 29—November 23, 2019, 2019
November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24; December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 2019
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park
2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
September 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 2019; October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 2019
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 2019; December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 2019
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park
November 29—December 30, 2019, 2019
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
October 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens in U.S. theaters
November 22, 2019
Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters
December 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters
July 16, 2019
The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts airs on ABC (8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
August 2, 2019
Descendants 3 premieres on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW (8 p.m. EDT/PDT).


Freeform Preps for September’s 30 Days of Disney with Fan Photo Contest

Well, friends, July is here… Temps are a-sizzlin’, backyard hammocks are a-strung, and summer is officially a-bloomin’ around the country. But, like our pals at ABC just revealed, that doesn’t mean plans aren’t already in the works for a fabulously fun fall throughout the worlds of Disney. In fact, Freeform has just kicked off a contest to prepare for their upcoming 30 Days of Disney programming event this September.

In anticipation of 30 Days of Disney, from now ’til July 30, Freeform is asking folks to submit photos or videos in one of three categories: Disney bounding, Disney cosplay, and your best Disney moment. Freeform will then feature some of these pics and clips on the air—and across their social media accounts—during the month of September. Pretty cool, right?

For your chance to be featured, submit your photos and videos at Freeform.com/30DaysofDisney… and stay tuned for more info on the programming event—which is sure to be chockablock with all your favorite Disney films—as September approaches.

Pixar Pier’s Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind Now Open!

Time truly flies when you’re having fun… It’s already been a year since Pixar Pier, at Disney California Adventure park, started delighting guests young and young-at-heart. And what better way to celebrate the big “1” than with a spin on its latest attraction!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind opened with appropriately colorful pomp and circumstance last Friday, June 28; inspired by the hit Disney and Pixar animated film Inside Out, the attraction takes guests on a “sense-ational” journey aboard one of eight Memory Movers—where you’ll help Riley’s Emotions (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear) sort through some brand-new collected memories.

See the attraction in action in the new clip, above, courtesy our friends at Disney Parks Blog. And happiest of anniversaries to Pixar Pier! Adventure is certainly out there…

Main Street Electrical Parade

Disneyland Welcomes Back the Main Street Electrical Parade

Attractions like Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind aren’t the only reason to visit Disneyland Resort this summer. There are so many, in fact, that we’d be here ’til Thanksgiving if we named them all. But here’s one that you must enjoy if you’re heading to Disneyland park in the near future: the Main Street Electrical Parade! This legendary fan favorite is returning to Main Street, U.S.A., for a special limited-time encore engagement beginning August 2.

This incredible “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination”—with its half-million twinkling lights and “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds”—will be offering nightly performances through September 30. (We’re particularly excited to see Elliott from Pete’s Dragon again; he might be our favorite parade float of all time!) So don’t miss your chance to fall under the Electrical Parade’s spell once more… actually, if you’re coming to town for D23 Expo 2019, might we suggest a quick jaunt to Disneyland one evening? We’ll see ya there!

Walt Disney World’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Celebrates 45 Years of Musical Mayhem

It may be hard to believe, but fans of Walt Disney World Resort have been singing the praises of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) for nigh on five decades! The dinner theater show—one of the longest-running in American history, by the way—opened on June 30, 1974, and it’s become a treasured tradition for generations of resort guests.

Our pals at the Disney Parks Blog recently visited the Revue to chat with its director, as well as several of its cast members, about what makes the show such a special part of Walt Disney World history. Check out the clip, above… we promise you’ll be dreaming of that delicious fried chicken before it’s through.