8:00 - Dancing with the Stars
10:00 - Conviction (NEW)
With Castle gone after eight seasons, the Monday 10:00 timeslot is finally open, and ABC will be using it to launch a new procedural.
8:00 - The Middle (New Timeslot)
8:30 - American Housewife (NEW)
9:00 - Fresh Off the Boat (New Timeslot)
9:30 - The Real O'Neals (New Timeslot)
10:00 - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (New Timeslot)
This is exciting to me for two reasons: one, I've been hoping for The Middle to move to Tuesdays to start a new comedy hour for two years now; and two, this lineup looks really strong. ABC clearly has a lot of faith in Fresh Off the Boat, pushing it to anchor the night at 9:00, and having an established name at 10:00 like Marvel will likely allow the network to focus elsewhere for the seasons, rather than throwing a bunch of freshmen dramas in the timeslot and watching them burn.
8:00 - The Goldbergs (New Timeslot)
8:30 - Speechless (NEW)
9:00 - Modern Family
9:30 - black-ish
10:00 - Designated Survivor (NEW)
The Goldbergs has proven itself in its 8:30 timeslot, often growing out of its lead-in, so it becomes the new 8:00 lead-off. I expected Fresh Off the Boat to join the Wednesday night lineup, but Speechless seems like a good fit with its "quirky family" premise, much like every other show in the mix. And the 10:00 slot goes to an action show now that Nashville is gone. It's been more than five years since ABC tried anything but a soap at that time, so we'll see how that goes.
8:00 - Grey's Anatomy
9:00 - Notorious (NEW)
10:00 - How to Get Away with Murder
On the heels of Kerry Washington's pregnancy announcement, Scandal is being held for midseason, making way for newbie Notorious. I think it probably would have been better to try The Catch there, just to see if it could perform better in the fall, but Notorious looks like the kind of guilty pleasure stuff that can fit into TGIT.
8:00 - Last Man Standing
8:30 - Dr. Ken
9:00 - Shark Tank
10:00 - 20/20
For the first time since it moved to Fridays in 2012, Last Man Standing will be paired with the same show for a second season: Dr. Ken. The rest of the night remains unchanged as well.
8:00 - Once Upon a Time
9:00 - Secrets & Lies
10:00 - Quantico
The second season of Secrets & Lies was originally ordered for this past season, but it was held over to give it a better chance of success (otherwise, ABC could have easily shoved it in the Tuesday 10:00 slot following the swift cancellation of Of Kings & Prophets). It'll air where the first season was in spring of 2015. Once Upon a Time and Quantico stay where they are.
Coming up at midseason, ABC has two other new comedies (Imaginary Mary and Downward Dog) and three new dramas (miniseries When We Rise, Shondaland production Still Star-Crossed, and Time After Time, which is tentatively scheduled for Sundays at 9:00), plus the returns of American Crime, Scandal, and The Catch. They also have the three-hour telefilm remake of Dirty Dancing on tap, as well as a new special from magician David Blaine.
This is the first schedule of the season that I have not had an adverse reaction to. The Tuesday comedy expansion makes sense, considering ABC has had more success launching comedies than they have launching dramas. Moving The Middle to lead-off the night is the smartest choice; The Goldbergs could have done the job as well, but that show is really flourishing on Wednesdays, more than enough for it to take the lead-off position now. Scandal suffered this past season in terms of ratings and reception, so perhaps holding it until midseason will give the creators a chance to focus the story (having a 16 episode order, rather than 22, should help things) and the fans/critics a chance to breathe. I think Conviction is the best choice to take the late slot on Monday; it's on-target with ABC's typical demographic, and they have no other procedurals on the air, so it fills a niche. The only slightly questionable move is putting Designated Survivor on Wednesdays at 10:00, since a violent action-thriller doesn't really go with the comedy block before it. But that was always a difficult slot for them to fill prior to Revenge's success in 2011, so maybe taking the risk on Designated Survivor will pay off in the same way. Everything else is relatively stable for the network. Sundays will probably need a makeover this time next year, with Once Upon a Time continuing to slide in the ratings and Quantico basically rebootng itself in season two with no sign of how that will be received, but for now it's good enough.
Read descriptions of ABC's new series after the jump.
American Housewife - Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, Mike & Molly), a confident, unapologetic
wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town
of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their
“perfect” offspring.The series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich
Bader as Jeff Otto, Johnny Sequoyah as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as
Harrison, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong
as Doris. American Housewife is written by Sarah Dunn (Spin City, Bunheads) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Aaron
Kaplan, Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers. Ruben
Fleischer directed and was executive producer of the pilot.
Downward Dog - Based on the web series, Downward Dog is about a struggling
millennial, Nan (Emmy-nominated Allison Tolman, Fargo), from the point
of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at
obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst
they may be the best thing for each other. The series stars Allison
Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry
Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim. Samm Hodges is the voice of
Martin. Downward Dog creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen will
executive produce with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen,
and Animal’s Kathy Dziubek. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were
executive producers of the pilot. The series is from Legendary
Television and ABC Studios.
Imaginary Mary - Alice (Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg, Friends With Benefits, EDtv) is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned
upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with
three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged
imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her
navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
The series stars Jenna Elfman as Alice, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel
Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as
Dora and Erica Tremblay as Bunny. The live action/CGI hybrid comes from The Goldbergs team Adam F. Goldberg (writer/executive producer), David
Guarascio (writer/executive producer) and Doug Robinson (executive
producer). Mary CG animation is designed by Patrick Osborne (creator of
Academy Award- winning animated short, The Feast), who is also
executive producer. The pilot was directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the
Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen), who is also executive producer. The
series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison
and ABC Studios.
Speechless - Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, About a Boy, The Riches, Good Will
Hunting) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband,
Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs.
As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to
make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to
give JJ his “voice.” Speechless stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo,
John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as
Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo and
Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. Scott Silveri (Friends) writes and is
executive producer of the show, along with Fresh Off the Boat's Jake
Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The series is from Twentieth Century Fox
Television and ABC Studios.
Conviction - Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, Marvel's Agent Carter) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy
nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for
cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign.
Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her
use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible
suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things
around with her high-powered political family. In addition to Atwell, Conviction stars Eddie Cahill as Wayne Wallis, Shawn Ashmore as Sam
Sullivan, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Barton, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson,
Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel di Tomasso as
Jackson Morrison. “Conviction” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC
Studios. Conviction is co-created by writer Liz Friedman
(Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and director Liz Friedlander
(The Following). Friedman and Friedlander will executive produce with
Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan)
and Nick Pepper.
Designated Survivor - Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (24) returns to
primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level
cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating
attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his
own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most
difficult presidencies in history. Designated Survivor stars Kiefer
Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Maggie Q
as Hannah Watts, Kal Penn as Seth Wheeler, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore,
Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as James Ritter, and
Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman. Designated Survivor is from The Mark
Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is creator and
executive producer. In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive
produced by Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper,
Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the pilot episode.
Notorious - Notorious is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal
defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who
serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the
unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh
Berman (The Blacklist, Bones, CSI) is writer and executive producer,
and Allie Hagan (Suri's Burn Book) is writer and co-executive
producer. Notorious stars Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) as Julia
George, Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) as Jake Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as
Megan Byrd, Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Ryan Guzman as Ryan,
Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian
and Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin. Notorious is from Sony Pictures
Television and ABC Studios. Michael Engler, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff
Kwatinetz and Josh Barry are also executive producers. Michael Engler
directed the pilot.
Still Star-Crossed - Still Star-Crossed, a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the
famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace
intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the
wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book
by Melinda Taub. Still Star-Crossed stars Wade Briggs (Home and Away) as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet,
Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline,
Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion
Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan
Wooldridge as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as
Friar Lawrence. Heather Mitchell (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) is writer
and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Michael
Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is executive producer
and director of the pilot, from ABC Studios.
Time After Time - Based on the novel and movie Time After Time, executive
producer/writer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson's Creek, Scream franchise) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse
adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is
transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once
H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought
possible and a young woman who captivates him. The series stars Freddie
Stroma (Harry Potter films) as H.G. Wells, Josh Bowman (Revenge) as
John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper, Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6) as Jane
and Regina Taylor (Dig) as Vanessa Anders. Time After Time is from
Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Williamson and Marcos Siega (Blindspot, The Following) are executive
producers. Siega directed the pilot. Williamson wrote the teleplay. Based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.
Dirty Dancing - The global
pop-cultural phenomenon becomes a three-hour filmed musical event this
season on the ABC Television Network. An adaptation of the beloved 1987
romantic drama and instant music classic, Dirty Dancing will be
produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur
Productions, executive produced by Allison Shearmur (Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story, The Hunger Games franchise, Cinderella); Eleanor
Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie; and Grammy
Award-nominee Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages), who also serves as
executive music producer. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) is the director, and Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Bring It On, In the Heights) is the choreographer. Dirty Dancing stars Abigail Breslin as Baby, Debra Messing as
Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole
Scherzinger as Penny, Colt Prattes as Johnny, Sarah Hyland as Lisa
Houseman, Tony Roberts as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn as Neil, Shane
Harper as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson as Marco, Beau "Casper" Smart
as Billy, Katey Sagal as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams as
When We Rise - When We Rise chronicles the real-life
personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse
family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of
the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th
century to the once unfathomable successes of today. Written and created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance
Black (Milk, Big Love, J. Edgar), the limited series event stars
Guy Pearce as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker as women's
rights leader Roma Guy and Rachel Griffiths as her wife, social justice
activist Diane. Also starring are Austin McKenzie as Younger Cleve
Jones, Emily Skeggs as Younger Roma Guy, Jonathan Majors as Younger Ken
Jones, and Fiona Dourif as Younger Diane. The miniseries is executive produced by Black, Laurence Mark
(Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I, Robot, Jerry Maguire), Bruce
Cohen (American Beauty) and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) for ABC. Van Sant will direct the two-hour premiere of the
seven-episode-limited series event. When We Rise is from ABC Studios.