We are live blogging the action from ABC's Winter Press Tour. Expect announcments and revelations throughout the day.

1/8/2018 9:01 AM Pacific Time

ABC has just revealed their midseason premiere schedule. Check it out

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11

8:00-10:00 p.m. “American Idol”

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Deception”

MONDAY, MARCH 12

8:00-10:00 p.m. “American Idol”

TUESDAY, MARCH 13

10:00-11:00 p.m. “For The People”

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff (two-hour premiere)

TUESDAY, MARCH 27

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Roseanne” (one-hour premiere)

9:30-10:00 p.m. “Splitting Up Together”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Alex, Inc.”

THURSDAY, MARCH 29

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff (time-period premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Scandal” (new time)

MONDAY, APRIL 2

10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Crossing”

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

8:00-8:30 p.m. “Roseanne” (time-period premiere)

8:30-9:00 p.m. “The Middle” (new time)

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

10:00-11:00 p.m. “Quantico” (Season 3 premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 30

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” All-Athletes Edition

1/8/2018 9:02 AM Pacific Time

The series finale of Scandal will air April 19

1/8/2018 9:04 AM Pacific Time

ABC and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the poster for this year's Oscar telecast

1/8/2018 9:05 AM Pacific Time

ABC renews The Gong Show for a Second Season and confirms that Tommy Maitland is portrayed by Mike Myers.

1/8/2018 9:08 AM Pacific Time

“Being the host of ‘The Gong Show’ is a blast! Pure fun,” said Myers. “It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him.”

“I was just as surprised as the next guy when I heard ‘The Gong Show’’s host, Tommy Maitland, was a character portrayed by the insanely talented Mike Myers,” Arnett revealed. “Despite this shocking news, I’m in total awe of the man, and we are so fortunate to have him as our brilliant host.”

1/8/2018 9:08 AM Pacific Time

Jimmy Kimmel is talking Oscars, "“I don’t intend to use the Oscars as a platform for healthcare. I do think that ultimately you have to remember why you’re there, and it’s not about you.”

1/8/2018 9:11 AM Pacific Time

Regarding the Oscars Jimmy Kimmel says something that we all have thought at point: "Sometimes I think the people in the room haven’t seen a lot of the movies that they’ve voted for."

1/8/2018 9:13 AM Pacific Time

Ahead of the session with ABC executive Channing Dungey, they handed out "Business as Usual" toothpick holders. This is referencing how the network is running ahead of the 21st Century Fox acquisiton. This was a mantra during the Fox sessions last week.

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The upcoming Grey's Anatomy spinoff still doesn't have a title. They hope to have one in the next few weeks.

1/8/2018 10:08 AM Pacific Time

The Mayor was pulled, according to ABC head Channing Dungey, because delayed viewing numbers were dropping implying the audience was losing interest.

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Dungey wonders if the audience was facing "politics fatigue"

1/8/2018 10:12 AM Pacific Time

It shouldn't be a suprise, but Dungey has no comment on the Fox deal.

1/8/2018 10:16 AM Pacific Time

About ABC's development for next year, Dungey says she wants shows that are "lighter, brighter, more emotional."

1/8/2018 10:20 AM Pacific Time

Martin Keely has been named executive vice president, product and technology for Disney|ABC Television Group, it was announced today by Bruce Rosenblum, president, Business Operations, to whom he will report.

In this role, Mr. Keely will oversee all aspects of Disney|ABC’s digital media strategy and products across non-linear and emerging platforms. He is charged with defining and executing plans to effectively monetize both new and existing short-form and long-form content and distribution across multiple screens and platforms.

In making the announcement, Mr. Rosenblum said, “Martin has a proven track record of building and operating profitable digital businesses, directing creative and technical teams and strategically growing partnerships. His mission at Disney|ABC will be to more precisely define and execute plans to monetize both new and existing content, as well as to harness the power of our strong portfolio into a more unified and holistic consumer experience.”

Mr. Keely added, “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the great team at Disney|ABC, especially given their long history of digital innovation and incredibly strong brands. There is an unprecedented opportunity for creating new product experiences and driving revenue growth in digital video. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and relationships to further innovate and evolve the business at Disney|ABC.”

As the most senior member of Disney|ABC’s digital team, Mr. Keely will work in collaboration with the group’s senior leadership and business unit presidents to refine the digital strategy for the overall segment, including the evolution of current product offerings and the development of innovative new products to attract, engage and retain viewers across all platforms. He will also work closely with affiliates, ad sales, marketing and content teams to maximize revenue and operating income.

Additionally, he will oversee DATG’s digital backbone and infrastructure to support consistent development, delivery and management of scalable products and services, and will collaborate with other parts of The Walt Disney Company on relevant initiatives to advance Disney|ABC’s digital business interests and leverage economies of scale.

A respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience focused on digital strategy, growth and monetization, Mr. Keely previously served as head of Operations for Activision Blizzard’s Major League Gaming, where he was responsible for building and running the company’s esports media networks.

Prior to joining MLG, he served as general manager at Fullscreen Media, a global leader in social entertainment. Before that, he spent 14 years at Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the league’s digital development group, beginning as a producer and rising to the position of senior vice president of Partner Solutions where he was responsible for leading the business’ partnership operations and strategy.

Early in his career, Mr. Keely held developer and web producer positions at Concrete Incorporated, GoTO.com and CitySearch Australia.

1/8/2018 10:33 AM Pacific Time

Now the cast and crew of ABC's upcoming The Crossing is presenting 

 

1/8/2018 11:10 AM Pacific Time

The first season of The Crossing is 11 episodes, but we are told that we will be left wanting a second season.

1/8/2018 11:14 AM Pacific Time

Shows like this, that are based in mystery, have a hard time with the pacing with reveals. They either go too fast or too slow. The producers say that they got the timing right.

1/8/2018 11:17 AM Pacific Time

Next up is the comedy Splitting Up Together

1/8/2018 11:45 AM Pacific Time

The show is about a couple that is divorcing but decides to keep living together and raising their children.

1/8/2018 11:52 AM Pacific Time

Series star Jenna Fischer said, "I'm a wife and mother now. I feel like I'm going to be able to express this whole other part of my personality now, the person who likes to be in control of things, with this character."

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It is about lunch time. Be back around 130

1/8/2018 12:10 PM Pacific Time

Now that everyone is fed, it is time for the "Untitled Grey's Anatomy Spinoff." The show is described as being "Grey's adjacent" so expect a lot of cross-polination.

1/8/2018 1:36 PM Pacific Time

The show will have a bit of a different look than the mother-show, but they want Grey's fans to feel comfortable with the new show.

1/8/2018 1:39 PM Pacific Time

The real firefighters that were advising the Grey's firefighter spinoff had to take time off to fight the real California wildfires.

1/8/2018 1:43 PM Pacific Time

Shonda Rhimes says that she talked with ABC's Channing Dungey about a spinoff for a long time, but they waited until they found the right idea.

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Next we have Shonda's legal drama, For The People.

1/8/2018 2:21 PM Pacific Time

Most episodes will focus on three different legal cases.

1/8/2018 2:21 PM Pacific Time

The show is going to focus on both the prosecution and the defense.

1/8/2018 2:37 PM Pacific Time

Alex Inc. stars Chicken Little's Zach Braff and is based on a podcast. The show diverts from the Podcast and spends more time focused on the family element.

1/8/2018 3:00 PM Pacific Time

On to ABC's Deception is describing as Magic Castle. Saying it is a lot like ABC's Castle, but with a magician instead of a writer helping the cops.

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Next up is the return of Roseanne

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The tagline is "Same Cast, New Episodes"

1/8/2018 4:43 PM Pacific Time

Most of the critics are very enthusiastic about the new episodes of Roseanne that they have screened. Say it is very funny.

1/8/2018 4:46 PM Pacific Time

Roseanne's character supports Trump. Roseanne, the actress, says that it is realistic pointing out that half of the country voted for him.

1/8/2018 4:52 PM Pacific Time

Sara Gilbert says the show shows that families can disagree about politics, but still get along.

1/8/2018 4:53 PM Pacific Time

Roseanne says that, "My children took my Twitter password away from me. I did not want it to overshadow the show.”

1/8/2018 4:57 PM Pacific Time

Roseanne hopes that there will be more episodes beyond the 9 that will begin airing this March.

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The African-American girl DJ wouldn't kiss on the original Roseanne ends up marrying DJ and they have kids.

1/8/2018 5:15 PM Pacific Time

To wrap up the day, the judges of American Idol and Ryan Seacrest take about the show's revival on ABC.

1/8/2018 5:39 PM Pacific Time

The judges say there are many ways of musicians to get seen these days, but having American Idol give them a national audience will jumpstart their career.

1/8/2018 5:41 PM Pacific Time

Ryan Seacrest says that judge changes may have led to Idol's demise on Fox. They wanted new judges with their own identities that are dedicated to the show for the new iteration.

1/8/2018 5:47 PM Pacific Time

As we get to wrap up... here are some new trailers for upcoming ABC shows.

1/8/2018 5:53 PM Pacific Time

The Crossing:

 

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Splitting Up Together:

 

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Alex Inc:

 

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Deception:

 

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American Idol will not have results show. They will air auditions twice a week, then Hollywood shows twice a week. Then it will go down to once a week.

1/8/2018 5:58 PM Pacific Time

That's a wrap from us from ABC's day. Thanks for joining us.

 

1/8/2018 6:05 PM Pacific Time

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