Monday, November 16, 2015

Midseason Schedule: ABC

ABC has had both a good fall (Quantico improving on Revenge's timeslot numbers; The Muppets debuting big; Shark Tank continuing to win Fridays, despite increased competition) and a bad fall (Wicked City being the only show on any network pulled prematurely from the schedule; The Muppets falling hard after a big premiere; Blood & Oil disappointing and having its order cut short). With the announcement of their midseason schedule, they're hoping for more of the former and less of the latter.

Monday

8:00 - The Bachelor (Beginning January 4)
8:00 - Dancing with the Stars (Beginning March 21)
10:00 - Castle (Beginning February 1)

The Bachelor will once again occupy the Dancing with the Stars slot in between cycles. The strange, sporadic scheduling continues for Castle: after airing only 8 episodes in the fall, it returns a month later than usual in the new year.

Tuesday

8:00 - The Muppets (Beginning February 2)
8:00 - Fresh Off the Boat (New Timeslot - Beginning March 8)
8:30 - Fresh Off the Boat (Beginning February 2)
8:30 - The Real O'Neals (NEW - Beginning March 8)
9:00 - Agent Carter (Beginning January 5)
9:00 - Agents of SHIELD (Beginning March 8)
10:00 - Of Kings & Prophets (NEW - Beginning March 8)

Tuesdays continue to be a mess for ABC. When The Muppets finishes its 16 episode run, Fresh Off the Boat moves to 8:00 to lead into the new Dan Savage-produced comedy The Real O'Neals, which will get two special airings on Wednesday, March 2 at 8:30 and 9:30. Agent Carter will again bridge the gap between the halves of Agents of SHIELD's season, while new series Of Kings & Prophets, formerly scheduled to air on Sundays this fall, gets the death slot after sweeps. ABC doesn't exactly seem confident in the show, which also had its episode order reduced. Plans for the 10:00 timeslot prior to March have not been announced.

Wednesday

8:00 - The Middle
8:30 - The Goldbergs
9:00 - Modern Family
9:30 - Black-ish
10:00 - American Crime (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
10:00 - Nashville (Beginning March 16)

Nashville goes on an extended, three-month hiatus for the winter and the Emmy-winning anthology series American Crime takes over. The entire Wednesday comedy line-up returns January 6.

Thursday

8:00 - Beyond the Tank (New Timeslot - Beginning January 7)
8:00 - Grey's Anatomy (Beginning February 11)
9:00 - My Diet is Better Than Yours (NEW - Beginning January 7)
9:00 - Scandal (Beginning February 11)
10:00 - How to Get Away with Murder (Beginning February 11)
10:00 - The Catch (NEW - Beginning March 24)

New weight-loss show My Diet is Better Than Yours, hosted by Shaun T, gets added to an all-unscripted night for six weeks in the new year before TGIT returns. The Shark Tank spin-off Beyond the Tank, which aired only 3 episodes last May, finally returns to the schedule after being bumped from the fall lineup. When How to Get Away with Murder ends its season, new Shondaland drama The Catch joins the lineup.

Friday

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

No changes were made to the very stable Friday night lineup, which returns January 8.

Sunday

8:00 - Galavant (Beginning January 3)
8:00 - Once Upon a Time (Beginning March 6)
9:00 - The Family (NEW - Beginning March 6)
10:00 - Quantico (Beginning March 6)

Galavant returns for its second season in January, airing back-to-back episodes for five consecutive weeks, while the rest of the lineup (including new drama The Family, which will actually premiere on March 3 at 9:00) doesn't come back until the beginning of March.

Still awaiting scheduling news is multicamera comedy Uncle Buck and the second season of Secrets & Lies, which, like American Crime, will tell a new story (and only Juliette Lewis is returning to the cast, playing the same role as the first season). Also on deck: a six-episode reboot of the classic game show To Tell the Truth.

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