Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Midseason Schedules: ABC & CBS

Both ABC and CBS have few changes coming up in the new year. Rather than overhauling their schedules, both networks opted to simply fill-in holes vacated by under-performing freshmen or departing veterans. Up first is CBS, which has kept much of its schedule the same.


Monday (through March 31)

8:00 - How I Met Your Mother
8:30 - 2 Broke Girls
9:00 - Mike & Molly
9:30 - Mom
10:00 - Intelligence (NEW - as of January 13)

How I Met Your Mother rides off into the sunset on March 31 after nine successful seasons, making room for the new (and similarly plotted) sitcom Friends with Better Lives, which premieres immediately following the Mother finale and then moves the following week. Also departing the Monday night line-up is freshman bomb Hostages, which airs its two-hour finale on January 6. The new Josh Holloway vehicle Intelligence assumes the 10:00 slot on January 13, following a special premiere on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00 (after an all-new NCIS). Once Mother is no more, the Monday line-up will look like this:

Monday (as of April 14)

8:00 - 2 Broke Girls (New Timeslot)
8:30 - Friends with Better Lives (NEW)
9:00 - Mike & Molly
9:30 - Mom
10:00 - Intelligence

And that's it for CBS's midseason change-ups. Everything else will remain in its current timeslot. It remains to be seen where they will fit in yet-to-premiere new drama Reckless and sitcom Bad Teacher, a late order which may go to summer. I assume Reckless will debut on Fridays once Undercover Boss finishes its current 15 episode order in early March, unless Intelligence bombs on Mondays; in that case, I think it will move to Fridays with Reckless taking the late Monday slot.


ABC's schedule is largely remaining the same as well, save for some minor changes and some new additions to vacant slots. Mondays remain as they typically do at midseason: The Bachelor replaces Dancing with the Stars for two months, beginning January 6, before it returns sometime around March.

Tuesday (as of January 7)

8:00 - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00 - The Goldbergs
9:30 - Trophy Wife
10:00 - Killer Women (NEW)

I think ABC should have overhauled both this and Wednesday's comedy hours, but they chose to leave things as they are. The new Sofia Vergara-produced and horribly titled procedural Killer Women takes over at 10:00 for eight weeks. It's replaced in March by Mind Games, another new procedural.

Wednesday (as of January 15)

8:00 - The Middle
8:30 - Suburgatory
9:00 - Modern Family
9:30 - Super Fun Night
10:00 - Nashville

Suburgatory returns to the schedule on January 15 in its old timeslot, replacing the canceled Back in the Game (which still has three episodes yet to air). Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night then leaves the schedule at the end of February sweeps, to be replaced by newcomer Mixology on February 28.

Thursday (as of January 2)

8:00 - The Taste
10:00 - The Assets (NEW)

Thursdays get a total change for two months with last-season's moderate success The Taste taking two hours out of the schedule, followed by the eight-episode miniseries event The Assets, based on real-life CIA accounts of the Cold War.

Thursday (as of February 27)

8:00 - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (returns March 6)
9:00 - Grey's Anatomy
10:00 - Scandal

ABC's one-two Shonda Rhimes punch returns on February 27, with the lackluster Once Upon a Time in Wonderland airing its remaining five episodes beginning the following week on March 6.

Fridays remain untouched, while Sundays hold some changes:

Sunday (as of March 9)

8:00 - Once Upon a Time
9:00 - Resurrection (NEW)
10:00 - Revenge (New Timeslot)

Revenge remains where it is, at 9:00, for three weeks in January, before going on hiatus until March 9. When it returns, it assumes the later hour, replacing Betrayal (which ends its thirteen-episode run on January 19). Assuming the 9:00 timeslot is Resurrection, which will face some stiff competition from AMC's The Walking Dead (ironically, Resurrection is also about the dead returning to life... just not as scarily) and a similar target demographic as CBS's The Good Wife.

Still unscheduled are new drama The Black Box, new competition series The Quest, and returning reality series Celebrity Wife Swap. One of these will almost certainly replace Wonderland sometime in April or May, with the others likely being held for a summer burnoff.

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