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ABC adding two comedies, two dramas to fall schedule

Kiefer Sutherland will play a low-level Cabinet member who suddenly becomes president on a new ABC drama this fall.
Kiefer Sutherland will play a low-level Cabinet member who suddenly becomes president on a new ABC drama this fall. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

ABC will add two new comedies and two new dramas to its lineup for the 2016-2017 TV season. Five more programs have been ordered by the network as mid-season launches.

The new shows joining the lineup include:

“Designated Survivor” (10 p.m. Wednesdays): He’s not playing Jack Bauer, but Kiefer Sutherland is back on television. This time he’s playing Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington.

“American Housewife” (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays): Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), is raising her three children in the wealthy town of Westport, CT, a place filled with “perfect” moms and their offsprings.

“Speechless” (8:30 p.m. Wednesdays): Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom who fights injustices both real and imagined for her family that includes a son with special needs.

“Notorious” (9 p.m. Thursdays): Piper Perabo returns to television in this series inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker.

The series waiting in the wings include “Conviction,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Still Star-Crossed” and “Time After Time.”

ABC series not returning include: “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Nashville,” “The Muppets,” “Blood & Oil,” “The Family,” “Galavant,” “The Whispers” and “Wicked City.”

Here’s the 2016-2017 ABC lineup:

Monday

8 p.m.: “Dancing with the Stars”

10 p.m.: Conviction”

Tuesday

8 p.m.: “The Middle”

8:30 p.m.: “American Housewife”

9 p.m.: “Fresh Off the Boat”

9:30 p.m.: “The Real O’Neals”

10 p.m.: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Wednesday

8 p.m.: “The Goldbergs”

8:30 p.m.: “Speechless”

9 p.m.: “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m.: “black-ish”

10 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

Thursday

8 p.m.: “Grey’s Anatomy”

9 p.m.: “Notorious”

10 p.m.: “How To Get Away With Murder”

Friday

8 p.m.: “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m.: “Dr. Ken”

9 p.m.: Shark Tank”

10 p.m.: “20/20”

Saturday

5 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

Sunday

7 p.m.: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8 p.m.: “Once Upon a Time”

9 p.m.: “Secrets and Lies”

10 p.m.: “Quantico”

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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