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!
GREY’S ANATOMY | AGENTS OF SHIELD | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | THE GOOD DOCTOR | STATION 19 | FOR THE PEOPLE
ROSEANNE | MODERN FAMILY | THE GOLDBERGS | FRESH OFF THE BOAT | BLACKISH | AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE | SPEECHLESS | SPLITTING UP TOGETHER
THE ROOKIE | A MILLION LITTLE THINGS | WHISKEY CAVALIER | GRAND HOTEL | THE FIX
SCHOOLED | SINGLE PARENTS | THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
ONCE UPON A TIME | SCANDAL | TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY | KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD | DECEPTION | THE CROSSING
THE MIDDLE | THE MAYOR | ALEX, INC.
TO BE DETERMINED
FALSE PROFITS (Pilot)
Entering the upfronts this year, ABC will undoubtedly proclaim having both the number one new drama –The Good Doctor- and the number one “new” comedy –Roseanne– of the past season, as well as a safe landing for the return of American Idol, stronger than what most experts predicted. Those are real achievements they can be proud of. But ABC is also losing three shows that were once very important for them: The Middle, Scandal & Once Upon A Time, as well as Queen Shonda Rhimes, who’s moving to Netflix for her next projects. Can the network survive without her? Probably, especially since her last shows flopped. But does ABC have a plan B? Doesn’t seem like it for now. If their comedy brand is still a force to be reckoned with, there’s a drama problem and they werdly didn’t order that many new shows while cancelling a lot, including Designated Survivor that we thought was safe thanks to the Netflix deal. Maybe because they feel confident with the ones they picked-up. Or maybe because most of the pilots were disappointing… Does President Channing Dungey has surprising tricks up her sleeves? We’ll see. Here’s how they could handle their schedule in 2018/2019 :
As much as The Good Doctor deserves a better timeslot, meaning an earlier one to be at its full potential, ABC can’t provide it for now. There’s just no 9pm slot available without making a lot of changes that could backfire at them. So, for the time being, it should just stay where it is, hopefully still thriving and pleasing the affiliates.
Will Nathan Fillion-starrer The Rookie be strong enough to break the tuesday 10pm curse? If this one doesn’t, then none will. Ever. That being said, ABC should better launch it after a Dancing With The Stars special, so the Castle fans know where to find it! They need to maximize their chances with this one. They’re in a good position by the way since Roseanne will drive the night again and its insane numbers should be of help. From the three new comedies ABC ordered, The Kids Are Alright, about a middle-class family in the turbulent 70s, seems to be the best companion for it. ABC screwed up big time last year when they decided to move American Housewife from tuesday and put it on wednesday after Modern Family, since they’re not compatible. The show is weaker than it was but there’s still time to fix the damage done. It seems compatible with both Roseanne and The Kids are Alright. Put it at 9! And yeah, there’s This Is Us on NBC at that time. Oh, well…
Wednesday has weakened this season, because of the bad choices that were made and because Modern Family failed to get its modjo back. It’s time to prepare life without it and Single Parents is clearly the most promising new comedy they picked up. Even though I’m not sure it’s such a good pair with The Goldbergs, if it works, it will be easy to just slide it at 9 in 1 year. It’s worth a try. I have great faith in this one. Blackish can go back to wednesday, where it would be into new relationship dramedy A Million Little Things, which would be a good alternative to the cop shows airing on CBS & NBC at this time. I also have a lot of faith in this show, that could become ABC’s equivalent of This Is Us, if such a thing is possible. Fingers crossed
The TGIT brand should be back for one more year at least. Station 19 is not a hit but if ABC & Shonda play their cards right (more “real” crossovers with mothership Grey’s Anatomy?), it could do better in the fall than what it did in the spring, with a better retention.
Since Agents of SHIELD will be back with a shortened 6th season that may or may not be the last, it should keep its low priority slot on friday and airing in the fall so ABC can come up with a better plan for 2019. At 8, comedies should be back for good after a one year retirement. Pairing Fresh Off The Boat & Speechless is what makes the most of sense right now, since they don’t derserve to stay on tuesday and wednesday but didn’t derserve a cancellation either. It should do better than Once Upon A Time anyway…
While waiting for the return of American Idol, ABC should stay low key on sunday with mostly unscripted programming. I don’t believe in Alec Baldwin’s talk show at all, but it’s still better than launching a new drama at 10 that will fail miserably. I don’t believe in soapy drama Grand Hotel either but since it’s ordered… It’s light so it works for a 8pm slot and it’s a good alternative to what the other networks offer. That doesn’t mean there’s an audience for it but at least it’s different from football, animated comedies and cop shows…
WHISKEY CAVALIER – The promising (but not owned) espionnage fare could air alongside American Idol on monday once The Good Doctor is gone, or on sunday, hopefully with better results than Deception this year.
THE FIX – The legal thriller is quite hard to fit on the schedule but I suppose it will be limited. It could air when one of the 10pm drama is on hiatus.
FOR THE PEOPLE – To keep the TGIT intact all-year long, the Shonda Rhimes can air once HTGAWM‘s 5th season ends. That’s probably the only reason why the low-rated legal drama was given a second chance.
SCHOOLED – The Goldberg‘s spin-off could take Roseanne‘s slot once the short new season is done, alongside The Kids Are Alright that will likely still be alive.