ABC is bringing together actress Hillary Swank and screenwriter of the 2015 Oscar-winning film “Focus” together for a new drama about a journalist working in Alaska.

On Thursday, the series “Alaska” is based on the autumn schedule announced on Tuesday, which also includes an hour-long version of the celebrity “Jeopardy!” and relies heavily on the return of favorites.

Swank will play Eileen Fitzgerald, dubbed the “recently disgraced” reporter who is leaving a vibrant life in New York City to seek personal and professional redemption in the North. The creator is Tom McCarthy, who wrote a film about the investigation of sexual violence by Catholic priests by the Boston Globe.

Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, calls it a brave show for our era.

“Telling stories about journalists as heroes is something that will be talked about a lot,” Erwich said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s a very optimistic view of the profession.”


“The Rookie: The Feds,” the ABC spin-off “The Rookie,” also earned a spot on the network’s fall schedule. Nisi Nash-Betts is the oldest rookie at the FBI Academy in the series, which will take place on Tuesday night.

“Danger!” will be combined with the celebrity edition of “Wheel of Fortune” on Sunday evenings. ABC said the host of the show will be named later.

Perhaps by providing a broadcast network plan in a world where streaming services are aged, ABC is focusing on live and unrecorded programming in the new season. Aside from the comedy Wednesday night and three dramas on Thursday, the rest of the week accounts for just three of the 16 hours in prime time.

“American Idol” will return in the middle of the season, and ABC said that the franchise “Dancing with the Stars” is moving to Disney +. The long-running celebrity dance contest will surrender its time spans on the ABC combination of the reality series The Bachelor in Paradise and the NFL Games on Monday night.


“ABC is a network that is very important to the community,” Erwich said. “Whether it’s bringing people together through the power of live events, we gather people to watch family sitcoms, dramas with characters at the center. We really believe that this is an opportunity not only for television broadcasting, but it is a place where ABC excels ”.


Media writer David Bowder reported from New York, and TV writer Lynn Elber – from Los Angeles.

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