ABC | 2016/2017 – 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 | ONCE UPON A TIME | SCANDAL | AGENTS OF SHIELD | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | AMERICAN CRIME | SECRETS & LIES | QUANTICO | THE CATCH

New dramas ordered: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR | WHEN WE RISE | CONVICTION | NOTORIOUS | TIME AFTER TIME | STILL STAR-CROSSED

Comedies renewed: MODERN FAMILY | THE MIDDLE | LAST MAN STANDING | THE GOLDBERGS | BLACKISH | FRESH OFF THE BOAT | THE REAL O’NEALS | DR KEN

New comedies ordered: SPEECHLESS | DOWNWARD DOG | THE SECOND HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT | IMAGINARY MARY

 

ABC new president Channing Dungey didn’t prove to be very greedy (or satisfied?) in the drama department for her first pilot season with only 4 pilots getting picked-up + straight-to-series Designated Survivor. Which is even more surprising when you take into account the fact that both veterans Castle & Nashville have been cancelled. Last year, they ordered six new dramas. On the comedy side, they’re even with 4 orders, meaning a new hour of comedies could be added in the schedule. It will be an important year for ABC after the 2015/2016 disaster but let’s be realistic: it will take time before things look good again. Will the new schedule be conservative or a bit more ambitious with unexpected moves? There’s a lot of opportunities, especially with Scandal not coming back in the fall –apparently– which could lead towards a revamped TGIT. Here are my predictions.

 

MONDAYS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

CONVICTION

Dancing With The Stars is not the hit it once was but stays very relevant on mondays against The Voice. There’s no reason to change that. The interesting thing though is that The Bachelor is stronger now in the demo when it takes over the slot between two editions. It’s one of their strongest lead-in, actually. During 8 years, only Castle aired at 10pm. Now that it’s gone, there are two options: launching a new drama or moving an older show and giving it a boost. Procedural Conviction looks like the safer bet. BUT airing Secrets & Lies season 2 then lauching something new behind The Bachelor is a convicing idea too. And what about The Catch? ABC renewed it against all odds, and with its older-skewing, a spot after DTWS would make sense. That’s a tough one. I’ll go with Conviction anyway.

 

TUESDAYS

THE MIDDLE / THE REAL O’NEALS

FRESH OFF THE BOAT / SECOND FATTEST

AGENTS OF SHIELD

Comedies are among ABC’s strongest assets right now: it’s time to finally expand to 2 hours on Tuesdays. But adding two new shows at 9 is not the best way to go. Weakened on wednesdays but still potent The Middle could move at 8 to anchor the night, followed by a compatible comedy that needs a boost: recent entry The Real O’Neals. At 9, Fresh Off The Boat can take the lead, followed by a new show, preferably Second Fattest Housewife in Wesport. At 10, Agents of SHIELD can die peacefully. ABC could also dump it to sundays but I don’t see it happening yet, sadly.

 

WEDNESDAYS

THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS

MODERN FAMILY / BLACKISH

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

The Goldbergs is strong enough to anchor the wednesdays comedy block and help launching a new show. Speechless is the best contender for that, it’s very compatible, totally on-brand and it has potential for a long run. Modern Family & Blackish can stay together. I have the feeling Blackish could totally collapse in another timeslot. At 10, it’s go big or go home now that Nashville is gone for good. Some may argue it’s a waste not using Designated Survivor for a 9pm slot but quite frankly, as good as it looks, I’m not sure it’s such a good fit with ABC’s lineup. That timeslot is less risky. If the numbers are good, the affiliates will be happy –which is important– and ABC can give it a better exposition for season 2.

 

THURSDAYS – TGIT

GREY’S ANATOMY

NOTORIOUS

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

What ABC will do with the TGIT is unpredictable, due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. It has not been confirmed that Scandal will air on midseason but it’s talked about and at this point it’s a safe bet. It opens many doors and it’s hard to tell which one ABC will choose. Designated Survivor is a debatable possibility. It would make sense if they want to make noise BUT very dangerous. Too dangerous in my opinion. It’s not a good fit at all with Grey’s Anatomy. Thursday should remain female-oriented. It makes Conviction tempting and it would be an interesting pair, but Notorious is definitely the most logical option. It should satisfy Scandal fans AND give a boost to How To Get Away With Murder if it works. Scandal could take over when the Viola Davis-starrer ends or sooner if Notorious flops.

FRIDAYS

LAST MAN STANDING / DR KEN

THE SHARK TANK

20/20

Why fixing something that doesn’t need to be fixed?

 

SUNDAYS

ONCE UPON A TIME

SECRETS & LIES

QUANTICO

Sunday is another big question mark. Once Upon A Time is not strong anymore but moving it would only make it worse. Delayed Secrets & Lies should finally air at 9, where season 1 managed to get okay numbers. Once it’s gone –it’s only 10 episodes– ABC has Still Star-Crossed & Time After Time as possibilities I would go with the first one. I have no idea what they can do with Time After Time but it needs to be taken care of properly, it has a big potential. At 10, I’m sad to tell that Quantico should stay here. ABC wasted it there for the first season, and it’s too late now to move it to another night. New viewers won’t jump on the occasion and those who are used to watch the show in +3 or +7 will probaby keep doing the same, if they don’t give up on it. It makes me sad but that’s the way it is.

 

MIDSEASON

SCANDAL / THE CATCH / STILL STAR-CROSSED / TIME AFTER TIME / AMERICAN CRIME / WHEN WE RISE / DOWNWARD DOG / IMAGINARY MARY

 

Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.

 

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14 comments

  1. Morgan says:

    Monday
    DWTS/The Catch
    The Bachelor/Conviction
    DWTS/Conviction

    Tuesday
    The Middle/Speechless/Fresh Off The Boat/The Real O’Neals/Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

    Wednesday
    The Goldbergs/American Housewife/Modern Family/Black-ish/Notorious
    American Crime (midseason)

    Thursday
    Grey’s Anatomy/Secrets & Lies/HTGAWM
    Scandal takes over S&l slot in January, Still Star-Crossed takes over HTGAWM slot

    Friday
    Last Man Standing/Dr Ken/Shark Tank/ 20/20

    Sunday
    Designated Survivor/Once Upon A Time/Quantico

      • Morgan says:

        I know but I don’t think OUAT should lead-in any newbie, it’s not that great anymore (rating-wise cause I still find it ridiculous so much that I can’t understand its success)

    • Morgan says:

      My comment on my schedule :
      I think The Catch could match with the DWTS audience, let’s give it a try. Conviction could work well with the younger audience of The Bachelor
      I feel like Speechless will match better with The Middle, I have a Malcolm in the Middle vibe. Not sure about FOTB/TRON at 9, TRON is not strong so maybe try another comedy.
      Wednesday : It’s time for the Goldbergs to anchor the night, American Housewife (Ex-Wesport) feels like Suburgatory so why not try it where it worked. Notorious in the 10 pm slot where S1 of Revenge was doing great.
      Tuesday : Scandal in January can return big if there is momentum so I will let it at 9 but it has to be its last chance there. S&L has a TGIT OMG TWISTY GOOD vibe that can maybe help the night.
      Friday : nothing too concerning maybe the final season of LMS
      Sunday : Let’s go big, OUAT is deteriorating and fast, it’s not a good lead-in anymore. So I put Designated Survivor, Quantico & OUAT will die but a night has to be sacrificed for the network to rise cause I think that like last season there is no big hits in their hands (maybe except for Quantico but the bad schedule killed it)

  2. forg says:

    Second Fattest is now called American Housewife generic yes but marketable unlike the original title
    I’m excited how they will schedule the comedies

  3. Hunter Vogt says:

    This is extremely similar to my schedule. The only differences are Tuesday at 8:30 and 9:30, Wednesday at 8:30 and 9:30, and Thursday at 9:00. For those, I predict Second Fattest, Black-ish, Imaginary Mary, Downward Dog, and The Catch.

  4. tash says:

    You schedule makes sense. Not really ambitious but the main challenge is too find new dramas that can maintain good numbers in the long-run. Once will be cancelled soon, HTGAWM has been cooling-off and Scandal won’t last that much longer either.
    I think Designated Survivor should be on Tuesday at 9 with AoS at 10. AoS is the most male skewing show on abc and the comedy block is watched by the whole family so I think this is the best you can get.
    I would extend comedies on Sunday at 9 (or 8). I really think there is an audience for it and it won’t suffer from the competition (TWD or GoT). Once and Quantico are watched by young women and Once is kind of a family show so a duo Fattest Housewife / Downward Dog would make sense.

    • Liz says:

      It would never happen but The Goldberg/Fresh off the Boat/Designated Survi/Agents of SHIELD would be a good Tuesday, and I would be watching all three hours.

  5. Liz says:

    I think ABC should do a bigger shake up on Sunday. Once can move to 9. Especially if they want a comedy hour at 8 or another show like AOS.

    As far as Quantico it really should be given a move. Leaving it on Sunday undermines the point of renewing it. Someone at abc sees potential in the show, they should take a risk with it.

    • Lulla says:

      Keeping Quantico there helps keeping the lights on a very tough timeslot. Any new show would bomb. Few older shows could do as “good”…
      And I don’t think family friendly OUAT is a good option at 9. It’s an 8pm show…

  6. Michaela says:

    I agree with most of your picks, but I don’t think ABC will break up TGIT considering how strong it is as a block. I think either The Catch or Still Star-Crossed will air on Thursdays at nine and either Notorious or Conviction could air on Sundays with OUAT and Quantico.

    • Lulla says:

      I don’t think Still Star-Crossed will be ready for fall. And I don’t think it’s a good idea to give more visibilty to The Catch!

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