ABC Boss Karey Burke on Network’s Fall Schedule and the Possibility of a Virtual Emmys

Reid Nakamura

The broadcast TV schedule has started to take shape for the fall, but given the realities of the COVID era, even the best laid plans are far from guaranteed. “I am cautiously optimistic,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said of unveiling her network’s fall schedule while the coronavirus pandemic leaves so much still up in the air. “Anyone that’s confident right now I think is not speaking truth.” The network shared its full fall schedule on Wednesday, and while it is anchored by two of the network’s biggest unscripted franchises — “Dancing With the Stars” and the delayed season of “The Bachelorette” — which may be on a quicker path to return, it also includes many scripted series that still have no concrete timeline for a return to production. Also Read: Here's the Fall 2020 TV Schedule for Broadcast Networks - So Far “This announcement today is really about sharing our thinking, and giving us something to work towards and generating the inertia that we need to launch the fall slate,” Burke said. “And if we discover down the line that we need to make adjustments, then we will. And we do have contingency plans — the scheduling team has...

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