ABC | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and ABC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Tuesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: GREY’S ANATOMY – CASTLE – ONCE UPON A TIME – SCANDAL – NASHVILLE – AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER – SECRETS & LIES – AMERICAN CRIME – AGENT CARTER

New dramas ordered: QUANTICO – THE CATCH – THE FAMILY – KINGS AND PROPHETS – WICKED CITY – BOOM

Comedies renewed: MODERN FAMILY – THE MIDDLE – LAST MAN STANDING (soon) – THE GOLDBERGS – BLACKISH – FRESH OFF THE BOAT – GALAVANT

New comedies ordered: THE MUPPETS – THE REAL O’NEALS – DR KEN – UNCLE BUCK

MONDAYS

8pm- DANCING WITH THE STARS

9pm- DANCING WITH THE STARS

10pm- CASTLE

For years, ABC played the safe card and never moved Castle from the post-Dancing With The Stars. Though season 8 could very much be its last, I don’t see them deciding to move it to another night to end its run. It’s too late and only a procedural seems to be working here. But ABC didn’t order any. Let’s leave it that way. ABC has biggest fishes to fry.

TUESDAYS

8pm- THE MIDDLE / THE REAL O’NEALS

9pm- KINGS AND PROPHETS

10pm- AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Even though The Middle is still a strong asset for ABC, it started to fade on the younger demo on Wednesdays and became the weakest link the past few months. The best way to finally start Tuesday night with a bang is to move it at 8 (as Fresh Off The Boat proved there is an appetite for family comedy on Tuesdays too) and associate it with something new. The Real O’Neals would fit perfectly with it and could even do better on the younger demo. A match made in heaven! And since we’re talking about heaven, Kings and Prophets, religious-themed drama with a Game Of Thrones feel, could take the 9pm slot, moving Agents Of SHIELD to 10 where its underwhelming performances would be no longer an issue, at least for the next two years, until it gets a syndication deal. It’s a male oriented night from 9 to 11. Of course, it’s a real bet on Kings and prophets but ABC seems to be very high on it so… It’s a go big or go home situation!

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- THE GOLDBERGS / FRESH OFF THE BOAT

9pm- MODERN FAMILY / BLACKISH

10pm- QUANTICO

The Goldbergs blossomed beautifully on Wesnesdays and constantly did better on the younger demo than The Middle. It’s strong enough now to anchor the night, paired with Fresh Off The Boat that is too promising to stay on Tuesday. Hopefully, Fresh Off will become the new The Goldbergs! At 9, slowly fading Modern Family won’t move, of course. And Blackish is probably too young and too fragile for now to be tried elsewhere on the schedule (whatever happens with Empire on FOX). Plus it’s in-house produced, so ABC would better not mess with it. At 10, Quantico is one of the rare new dramas ordered that could deliver 22 episodes per season. It’s probably not the best option to make it a hit (in the #TGIT, it would have been one instantly) but with a black lead and a very diversified cast, it makes sense to put it right after Blackish. If CBS and NBC doesn’t put big guns there -and there’s a fair chance they won’t- the show can really explode!

THURSDAYS

8pm- GREY’S ANATOMY

9pm- SCANDAL

10pm- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

What can I say except: why fixing something that doesn’t need to be fixed? ABC would be crazy to mess with its successful TGIT night. Plus now, with a new Shondaland drama –The Catch– they can air a “real” TGIT from September to May. That being said, ABC could be tempted to launch The Catch during fall. But it would be a mistake in my opinion…

FRIDAYS

8pm- LAST MAN STANDING / DR KEN

9pm- THE SHARK TANK

10pm- 20/20

Maybe Dr Ken will be able to break the curse? More family-oriented than Cristela was, it’s the perfect companion for Last Man Standing. And it’s co-owned by ABC so they’ll make a little more money with it.

SUNDAYS

8pm- ONCE UPON A TIME

9pm- THE FAMILY

10pm- NASHVILLE

Once Upon A Time has no reason to move and Nashville has to take the Revenge spot to get its 88 episodes and die there. The Family seems to be the best option for 9pm. First because it fits with the female and soapy oriented shows all around, and because similar dark stories Resurrection and Secrets & Lies proved there is an audience there. Since The Family is way better than those two, a miracle could happen!

MID-SEASON

THE MUPPETS / GALAVANT / UNCLE BUCK / AGENT CARTER / SECRETS & LIES / AMERICAN CRIME / WICKED CITY / BOOM / THE CATCH

The Muppets & Galavant would make a great quirky pair when Once Upon a Time is away on January. Secrets & Lies could fit once again towards the end of the season in the same slot, sunday at 9 (I suspect The Family won’t have more than 15 episodes). Agent Carter will take Agents of SHIELD‘s slot during the midseason break. The Catch will replace How To Get Away in the TGIT. Uncle Buck is a back-up if another comedy fails. BoomWicked City & American Crime are wild cards, back-ups, break fillers or bound to a summer run.

What do YOU think?

 

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9 comments

  1. Tonya says:

    I think Tuesday should be The Middle/Blackish/Modern Family/The Real O’Neals/ The Family. Kings and Prophets with Agents of SHIELD is interesting but putting it with The Real O’Neals is asking for trouble from those who are religious and don’t like Dan Savage regardless of his sexual orientation, and more because of his extreme on things such as porn. If Kings and Prophets is on Tuesday maybe Boom or Wicked City will be after Once Upon a Time on the schedule.

  2. tash says:

    interesting ideas but i don’t agree with all of them.

    first, if abc changed the title of flesh & blood/original sin to the family, i think it’s because they want to try it on wednesdays after the comedy block. if you think about it, it’s a good marketing strategy.
    of kings and prohets is clearly designed for sundays. i mean it’s a biblical show. and it will probably get a shorter season meaning you’ll have to find another show strong enough to take the tuesday at 9 slot in march.
    i know blackish may be fragile but i think it would be better paired with fresh off the boat. then abc will have multicultural/family sitcoms on tuesday, family sitcoms on wednesday and family/men/multicam sitcoms on friday.

    i agree with everything else (i just hope abc will lauch boom in the fall over quantico, but it’s for personal reasons only, i don’t care about quantico).

    oh, and i would put agents of shield at 8 and the comedy block at 9. i know it’s risky but AoS is not strong enough to be the backbone of tuesday nights.

    • Lulla says:

      I hope ABC will change “The Family” title, it’s really too generic. And from what I understand, it’s just temporary. I don’t think we should interpret it as a sign of anything.
      I still think “Of Kings and prophets” is better suited for Tuesdays, but I won’t repeat myself. I don’t think it would be crazy to put it on sundays, of course, but I really like the idea of “The Family” there, for reasons I already explained. And about “Agents of shield”, putting it at 8 will handicap the rest of the night. Not a good call.

      • tash says:

        ok i didn’t know the title “the family” was temporary especially with the key art they already revealed.

  3. Boby says:

    Nice try!
    Le point où je serais en total désaccord avec cette grille, c’est vraiment la présence de “Kings And Prohets” le mardi 21h. Déjà, je ne vois pas du tout cette série dans la grille d’automne, et une programmation le dimanche soir me semble le plus envisageable (pourquoi pas avec “Galavant” en janvier…). Quitte à mettre absolument un nouveau drama le mardi 21h, “Quantico” semble plus adapté et aurait plus de chances d’y être un hit que le mercredi 22h comme tu dis.

    • Lulla says:

      I don’t think launching a new drama (that ambitious) on Sundays during January/February is the best option, facing ceremonies and football. Plus, ABC seems to head towards a 15-episode order so it can’t be envisioned just as a filler…
      (Quantico Tuesdays at 9 was my first idea but I thought it was not that compatible with AOS)

    • Lulla says:

      It was a real dilemna… I thought ABC would prefer giving it a boost. But since “The Real O’Neals” is produced by ABC, they probably will give it the best slot, so on Wesnesday yes.

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