ABC | 2017/2018 – Fantasy Schedule

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!

 

RENEWED

GREY’S ANATOMY | ONCE UPON A TIME | SCANDAL | AGENTS OF SHIELD | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | QUANTICO | DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

MODERN FAMILY | THE MIDDLE | THE GOLDBERGS | FRESH OFF THE BOAT | BLACKISH | AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE | SPEECHLESS

ORDERED

MARVEL’S INHUMANS | DECEPTION | FOR THE PEOPLE | THE GOOD DOCTOR | THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN | THE CROSSING | 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY

THE MAYOR | SPLITTING UP TOGETHER | STARTING UP

Without a doubt, the biggest shocker of the upfronts 2017 is the arrival of American Idol on ABC for a march 2018 spring run, possibly on both sunday and monday nights. The 40 hours it will take may very well have changed the network’s initial plans for midseason and maybe even for fall as a consequence. A lot of decisions don’t feel right -especially renewing Once Upon A Time for a rebooted 7th season- but they obviously emptied their pocket for Idol… Once again, they will have to rely heavily on their comedies and hope for the best in the drama department with Deception & The Good Doctor looking like their safer bets… Will ABC wait for Idol to use them while throwing their wildest cards in the overcrowded fall? That’s a theory…

MONDAYS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DECEPTION

Deception is the closest thing to Castle ABC has in their options. The magical part of the FBI procedural would mesh well with Dancing With the Stars; the pair seems to be a no-brainer. Except the network is always reluctant to give their best slots to shows they don’t produce in house (that’s why Forever didn’t get much of a chance two years ago…). Maybe it’s finally time to take that risk…

TUESDAYS

THE MIDDLE / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

First 6 weeks – MARVEL’S INHUMANS

then – BLACKISH / THE MAYOR

AGENTS OF SHIELD

Now that ABC has finally found a way to get some life on tuesday night at 8 thanks to The Middle and new entry American Housewife and now that This Is Us is gone to another night on NBC, they really have a chance to do better at 9. Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t look like a massive hit but whatever happens with it, it’s only there for 8 episodes and possibly only 6 or 7 weeks. They can use that time to promote heavily their new comedy pairing, a combination of Blackish, which should move after 3 years behind Modern Family -it’s supposed to have its own viewers- and The Mayor, a new show that’s different from other ABC comedies, being mostly a workplace one with musical elements (!) but the network allegedly loves it, it’s worth a try. Fresh Off The Boat is waiting in the wings anyway…

WEDNESDAYS

THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS

MODERN FAMILY / STARTING UP

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

While Modern Family is not eternal -but renewed for 2 more seasons- ABC has to use it to launch a new family comedy while it’s not too late. Zach Braff’s looks like their best shot this year, though Splitting Up Together would probably be okay there too. Nothing else should change on that night.

THURSDAYS

GREY’S ANATOMY

SCANDAL

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

With This Is Us moving at 9 on NBC, the TGIT will be in danger and there’s no way now ABC premieres the new Shondaland show For The People in the fall. They’ll have to wait for This Is Us to end and use American Idol to promote it the best they can so it doesn’t turn out as another The Catch. The final season of Scandal will have to air against This Is Us which is, in a way, not so dramatic: it’ll be gone by the end of the season anyway. Grey’s Anatomy should be fine against Will & Grace, unless Will & Grace comes back bigger than expected. How To Get Away With Murder may be impacted if Scandal takes a hit but it survived after the low-rated Notorious last year so there’s every reason to be optimistic.

FRIDAYS

GAME SHOW

THE SHARK TANK

20/20

Cheap friday coming our way! With Last Man Standing and Dr Ken cancelled, ABC may not be ready to invest on that night. They have a ton of game shows that could do as well in the 8pm slot. Of course, I thought about throwing Once Upon A Time there, and that’s where it could end up when Idol will take over coming spring, but in the fall, let’s just say stability is the key.

SUNDAYS

ONCE UPON A TIME

THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN

10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY

Awful you say? Well yeah, you’re right. But Once Upon A Time is renewed whether we like it or not, it has to air somewhere and launching three new shows back to back on sunday would be a suicide mission at this point. Two is already too much to be honest. The Gospel of Kevin seems compatible with OUAT somehow and I don’t see it anywhere else quite frankly, except summer. 10 Days in the Valley is a 10pm show, has a cable feel and is only 10 episodes.

MIDSEASON

THE GOOD DOCTOR should be paired with AMERICAN IDOL on sunday, like House was a long time ago on FOX. I feel like this show has a big potential and while it may be very tempting to launch it in the fall, ABC should wait for the right moment to give it the best chance.

THE CROSSING is kind of a question mark. I’m convinced it’s the kind of high-concept show that won’t do well after a few airings but it could start big and here again, waiting for AMERICAN IDOL to promote it might be the answer. Tuesday at 10 when Agents of SHIELD is done?

With a 13-episode renewal, QUANTICO will be back… somewhere.

What do you think? Feel free to comment!

5 comments

  1. alex says:

    I was fine with your FOX and NBC’s schedule, but this is not ok. Honestly, I don’t know how ABC can fix this mess, but it has to.
    Deception is definitely for Mondays at 10. Let’s hope it won’t flop like Conviction did.
    I also think Inhumans must be at 9, but AOS can’t stay at 10. It’s doing awful. Maybe a cheap Sunday with OUAT / AOS / Quantico would be better? So new dramas aren’t ruined on Sundays. A new show could be launched after Inhumans (replaced by backish and the mayor).
    The problem is ABC can’t launch only 2 new dramas in fall, but honestly this is the best option so far. Any show that would’ve OUAT as a lead-in : dead before it even started.
    I’d be a little disappointed if they keep the TGIT (I was hoping they would move HTGAWM to save it; No idea where it should’ve been moved) but it is the right choice. ABC must play it safe against This is us, Scandal doesn’t have anything to lose.
    Do we know how many episodes OUAT and AOS will have?

  2. Lynn says:

    I think OUAT will be on Fridays and Quantico to next summer. Gospel of Kevin and Ten Days in the Valley will be on Sunday imo not sure about the third drama though. Maybe HTGAWM with FTP taking its Thursday slot?

  3. Lucas Calunga says:

    Let’s go the ABC!
    Deception looks good on Mondays.
    Tuesdays too, but it might be that they’d rather save SHIELD for after Inhumans, and maybe put in another new series.
    Maybe they put something on Fridays.
    And here comes the Problem: Sunday. I do not know what they’re going to do, but I hope they do not put two new series, especially The Good Doctor.
    American Idol if it shows up on two nights (Sundays and Mondays) would spur these days.And The Crossing could be on Sundays and The Good Doctor could pair up with Deception.

    PS: In what time did they publish the schedule?

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