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Williamsville East graduate writing and producing new fall ABC series

The days when the networks unveiled a large number of new shows in the fall apparently are over.

ABC became the third broadcast network Tuesday to announce it is planning to air only three new series in the fall.

And one of them has a Western New York angle.

Williamsville East graduate Michele Fazekas and her writing partner Tara Butters are the writers and executive producers of a new 10 p.m. Tuesday drama called “Emergence.”

ABC describes it as a “character-driven genre thriller” “about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what happened.” Donald Faison and Clancy Brown are the most recognizable names in the cast.

Fazekas and Butters previously combined on the ABC dramas “Kevin Saves the World,” “Resurrection” and “Agent Carter” and the CW hit “Reaper.”

Fox and NBC previously announced they also are only planning three new fall series.

Fox has a heavy schedule of sports programming in the fall that reduces its need for fall shows and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” means it doesn’t need to program Sunday.

The networks also seem to have learned that promoting only a few shows in the fall gives them a better chance of succeeding and premiering shows in the midseason during the winter when more people are indoors will give those shows a better chance of succeeding.

Here are summaries of the two other ABC fall series scheduled:

“mixed-ish,” 9 p.m. Tuesday: A prequel of “black-ish,” it runs after the spring series “Bless This Mess” and before “black-ish.” “Mixed-ish” looks at the teenage life of the mother played by Tracee Ellis Ross on "black-ish" (played as a teenager by Arica Himmel) who “recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.”

“Stumptown,” 10 p.m. Wednesday: Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) stars in this show based on a graphic novel series about “a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon.” Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy co-star.

“American Housewife” survived, if you call airing it at 8 p.m. on Fridays survival. It is followed by “Fresh Off the Boat” in a new time period.

“The Rookie” moves to 10 p.m. Sunday.

“Modern Family” stays in its 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot for its 11th and final season. “Grey’s Anatomy” has been renewed for two more seasons and stays at 8 p.m. Thursday.

"A Million Little Things," which grew its audience after moving to 9 p.m. Thursday, is staying there.


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