Here are the 10 new “Monday Night Football” games ABC added to its schedule
National Football League’s “Monday Night Football” is back on ABC because of the Writers Guild Association’s ongoing strikes disrupting Hollywood.
The Disney-owned network announced Monday that it’s adding ten more NFL games to its schedule and broadcasting the fall season of “Monday Night Football.” The additional ten games have been added due to the ongoing strikes against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Due to a lack of programming, ABC has moved its reality TV shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Bachelor” to different nights of the week. In the meantime, several talk shows have recently canceled their plans to resume production. Drew Barrymore, for instance, changed her mind about bringing back her talk show this week after facing backlash from Hollywood. CBS’s “The Talk” and Jennifer Hudson’s syndicated talk show have also postponed their season premieres.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike in May after its members failed to negotiate a new contract with the studios and streamers. In July, SAG-AFTRA, the union representing 160,000 actors and performers, followed suit by going on strike.
ABC has announced an expansion of their NFL coverage for the current season. In addition to the previously scheduled eight Monday Night Football games, the network will now also broadcast ten games, bringing their total to 18. These additional games will be simulcasts from ESPN, which is ABC’s sister channel.
The expanded coverage will also include a Saturday afternoon game on January 6 and a playoff game over the weekend of January 20. This means that ABC will have 20 games broadcasted, which will undoubtedly boost their ratings as NFL games are typically the most-watched shows on television.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time ABC has broadcasted NFL games. The network was the first to televise Monday Night Football in 1971 and had been promoting the games for over three decades before ESPN took over in 2006. With this recent coverage expansion, ABC seems to be making a solid comeback in the NFL broadcasting world.
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