Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Fall Schedule: ABC

Monday

8:00 - Dancing with the Stars
10:00 - Castle

The world keeps changing, but Monday nights on ABC never will.

Tuesday

8:00 - The Muppets (NEW)
8:30 - Fresh Off the Boat (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Agents of SHIELD
10:00 - Quantico (NEW)

The Muppets is a good place to start in fixing the Tuesday night schedule, but I don't think it pairs very well with Fresh Off the Boat, which would have benefited from being moved to the Wednesday comedy block (much like The Goldbergs was this season). And this shows just how much faith ABC must have in Quantico to give it the death slot.

Wednesday

8:00 - The Middle
8:30 - The Goldbergs
9:00 - Modern Family
9:30 - black-ish
10:00 - Nashville

No changes to Wednesdays? That's confusing. The Middle could have easily been moved to the Tuesday block to make room for Fresh Off the Boat, and black-ish is going to have to prove itself as not relying solely on its lead-in sooner or later. I guess ABC just wants to do it later. And why Nashville, which in all likelihood will not last past this upcoming season, isn't being moved is beyond me. Perhaps they're hoping whatever CBS places there will fail, so that Nashville can be low-rated but still near the top of the hourly ratings? No clue.

Thursday

8:00 - Grey's Anatomy
9:00 - Scandal
10:00 - How to Get Away with Murder

I really don't know how the hell ABC is going to fit in all their renewed and new shows if they're not making any damn changes to the schedule! But Thursday was never going to change; TGIT was a powerhouse for them this past fall.

Friday

8:00 - Last Man Standing
8:30 - Dr. Ken (NEW)
9:00 - Shark Tank
10:00 - 20/20

Dr. Ken, as a multi-camera sitcom, was destined to land on Fridays with Last Man Standing. I don't see it lighting the airwaves on fire.

Sunday

8:00 - Once Upon a Time
9:00 - Oil (NEW)
10:00 - Of Kings and Prophets (NEW)

I would have moved Nashville to the 10:00 slot here, debuted The Family on Wednedays, and time-shared these two new dramas over the course of the season. But I don't run a network. I don't see Oil capitalizing much on the Once Upon a Time family audience (at least what's left of it, after a disappointingly rated fourth season), and the Bible trend seems to be dying out if A.D.'s current ratings are any indication, so that doesn't bode well for Of Kings and Prophets.

Midseason

As expected, The Catch, the new series from Shonda Rhimes, will take over the Thursday 10:00 slot when How to Get Away with Murder finishes its season. The Family will take the Sunday 10:00 slot after Of Kings and Prophets completes its limited run. Returning drama Agent Carter will once again bridge the two halves of Agents of SHIELD's season, with Galavant similarly bridging the halves of Once Upon a Time's season. Secrets & Lies will return midseason to air in Nashville's timeslot while that show goes on winter hiatus. (The Bachelor also returns to air Mondays while Dancing with the Stars is between cycles.) Wicked City is currently expected to air on Tuesdays at 10:00, either in between fall and spring editions of Quantico, or permanently if Quantico fails. The Muppets will have a limited run in the fall/winter, with Fresh Off the Boat moving to 8:00 on Tuesdays to launch The Real O'Neals. Only returning drama American Crime and new comedy Uncle Buck do not have preliminary plans in place.

ABC needed to make some moves with this schedule, and they didn't. They renewed a slew of low-rated shows, which was mistake number one, and then didn't even try to fix other problem areas (Tuesdays and Sundays) by making moves... just substituting shows. YAWN.

Read full descriptions of the new shows after the jump.

 Comedies

Dr. Ken - Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane. Dr. Ken stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly. Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O’Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer.

The Muppets -  The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages. Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (Anger Management) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (Wilfred), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers.

The Real O'Neals - A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. The Real O'Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi. The Real O'Neals was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage.

Uncle Buck - Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces’ and nephew’s nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too. Uncle Buck stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. Uncle Buck was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill.

Dramas

The Catch - From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, The Catch is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancĂ©. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. The Catch stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria. The Catch was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson.

The Family - This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? The Family stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank. The Family was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

Of Kings and Prophets - An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Of Kings and Prophets stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab. Of Kings and Prophets was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi.

Oil - Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. Oil stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey. Oil was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson.

Quantico - A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. Quantico stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb. Quantico was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.

Wicked City - Wicked City follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. Wicked City stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki. Wicked City was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

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