ABC's fall schedule typically includes its successful shows from the previous season along, with some - but not all - of its new series for the year, including reality shows, comedies and drama programs. Some nights have traditionally aired certain types of shows. For example, as of 2015, on Mondays ABC airs "Dancing with the Stars," and on Thursdays, it typically airs its dramas produced by Shona Rhimes. Generally, ABC has several nights with at least one hour of sitcoms.
Typically, ABC will wait until later in the year to premier its most anticipated new series, rather than debuting them during the more crowded fall premiere season. For example, in 2015 ABC chose to hold two highly-anticipated serialized thriller series, "The Family" and "The Catch," to debut later in the year. Similarly, for its final three seasons, ABC aired "Lost," one of its most critically acclaimed serialized shows, in the winter rather than including it on its fall schedule.
In addition to its original scripted programming and reality television shows, ABC has had the rights to air college football games on Saturday nights for several years. Due to the length of football games, ABC's primetime schedule for Saturday nights does not include any other original programming.