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The Rookie (ABC) pilot preview: Richard Castle is dead, give a warm welcome to John Nolan!

Written and executive produced by Alexi Hawley (Castle, Body Of Proof, The Unusuals). Also produced by Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Quantico, Designated Survivor), Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman & Jon Steinberg. Directed by Liz Friedlander (The Following, Stalker, Conviction). For ABC Studios & The Mark Gordon Company. 61 pages. Revised Network Draft 1/21/18.

Description: John Nolan is the oldest rookie in the LAPD.  At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior and ruthless training officers , Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count…

With Nathan Fillion (Castle, Desperate Housewives, Buffy, Firefly), Afton Williamson (The Night Of, Banshee, The Breaks), Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter, Rogue), Eric Winter (Witches of East End, Brothers & Sisters, The Mentalist), Richard T. Jones (Amy, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Criminal Minds), Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan, Zoo, Army Wives), Mercedes Mason (Fear The Walking Dead)…


You’ll like it if you already like: Castle, Rookie Blue, The Good Doctor, 9-1-1…

Likely timeslot: Monday at 10, Tuesday at 10, Wednesday at 10 – wherever


This pilot season, ABC has one big obsession: their next crime drama hit! It’s been almost two years now that Castle is gone and no replacement has been found yet. (#RIPConviction) What better way to do so than hiring back Castle last showrunner Alexi Hawley & ex-Castle star Nathan Fillion? Seems almost too easy, right? They ordered The Rookie straight-to-series in a competitive situation with no script ready yet, just those names and a big producer attached they’re used to work with: Mark Gordon. It happened the same way for Designated Survivor not so long ago, with mixed results. It’s always a risky move but they got lucky this time: it’s a convincing one, totally on brand with the Alphabet network, as a light fare they’re craving for right now. And it’s the kind of show that they could put in any slot, it’d have a real chance to find its audience. From where we are now -far from the may upfronts- it already looks like a winner to me.

The Rookie works a bit like The Good Doctor initially -which can’t be a bad thing- since John Nolan is put in a similar situation than Shaun Murphy: he’s the odd man out in a place he’s not familiar with where a lot of people don’t want him there for various reasons… so they treat him like shit. Nolan is not autistic and doesn’t have any syndrome that makes him brilliant. He’s just “old”. Old means he may be wiser than his new colleagues twenty years younger than him thanks to his “life experience”, as they say politely. But his age doesn’t prevent him from being fearless and having a bit of fun when needed. His secret weapon? He’s more interested in the people he’s helping than the other rookies who are very much focused on themselves and how they perform. They certainly have to teach him a few things though, and not just about what music he should listen to. The personal story of Nolan is a bit emotional since he’s just been through a divorce while his son has gone to college. He needed to reinvent itself, to pursue his dream and he’s basically telling us that it’s never too late. That’s inspiring and it will strike a chord with the viewers I guess. He’s exactly doing what few people dare in real life. How could you not root for him?

Even though Nolan is at the center of the show, it works mostly as an ensemble -very diverse by the way- with scenes without him. His fellow rookies have their own set of stories and challenges. Lucy Benitez is trying to prove that she can do the job despite people looking down on her for being a woman and Latina, while Jackson West is the son of a high ranking officer following in his family’s footsteps who doesn’t seem to be ready for the high-pressure he’s exposed to. They’re all assigned to a training officer and it’s always a pair of a woman and a man, which is interesting since we don’t get to see very often women teaching men on television. It creates different dynamics. Talia Bishop is a newly promoted training officer whose first assignment is Nolan; Tim Bradford is an overbearing and not nice one paired with Lucy; and Angela is a no nonsense korean american who’s hard on Jackson but it’s just what he needs. They all have tough first days: Nolan sees someone getting killed; Jackson unnecessarily tase a homeless person, Lucy is being tested at every turn by Tim like she can’t be trusted. But don’t worry: it’s mostly a lot of fun. They tease each other all the time, there’s always someone to crack a joke here and there. ABC labels it as “comedic” and they’re not lying.

The Rookie shares some DNA with another hit of this season: FOX’s 9-1-1. Forget Ryan Murphy’s extravaganza, they’re trying to be more realistic and true to what’s really happening in the streets of L.A, though some cases are more spectacular or emotional than others. I don’t know about their exact action perimeter but they can be visiting a poor neighborhood in one scene and Hollywood Boulevard in another. But don’t expect any investigation here. They’re not detectives. They’re cops. And not cops who investigate. They get a call, they drive, they run, they catch the bad guys. It’s a lot of action and adrelanine, it’s fast paced and you never have time to get bored (Fillion will need to get in shape or he’ll look ridiculous). You go from one mission to another, from one team to another; and the last mission of the pilot reunites them all in a grand finale. You get to know the characters through their missions, but also with what’s happening before and after, and when they’re not working. That’s how a few soapy elements are introduced. For example, they avoid the traditional and very Castle-like “partners who are falling in love” since we discover late in the episode that Nolan & Lucy are sleeping together, not Nolan & Talia. We can call it a secret relationship, even if it’s mostly about sex for now. There’s just one thing that I don’t like about this: it’s once again about an older man being with a younger woman. That trope is tiring… But I’m confident they’ll play with it more than just using it since they seem to be determined to make something modern.

Why did ABC pick up so many crime drama pilots when they already have straight-to-series The Rookie? Of course, you can never be 100% sure a promising script will turn into a good pilot and then become a hit, they know better than that, but it’s not that hard to see that the Nathan Fillion-starrer has all it takes to become one. It’s fresh, funny and actiony, with characters you instantly care about. So I’ll start my new series of “pilot preview” articles with a bold prediction: The Rookie is ABC’s next international hit!

Presence (ABC) pilot preview: Meet Olivia Pope’s long-lost thug sister!


Created and directed by John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave, Third Watch). Produced by Michael MacDonald (American Crime, Xena: Warrior Princess). For ABC, ABC Studios & Stearn Castle. 53 pages.

Description: Presence Foster, a former Army veteran, finds herself interacting with a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed (unlic) Private Investigator…

With Stephanie Sigman (Spectre, Narcos, American Crime), Rick Gonzales (Rush, Reaper), Marcus Anderson

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ABC is doing something really right and very smart with talented writer, director and producer John Ridley through the deal they signed with him at ABC Studios. First, they gave him the greatest freedom to do exactly the series he wanted to. It became American Crime, one of the best, if not the best, network show on the air right now, low rated but impressive at every level. Against all odds, they even gave it a second season, which is even better than the first one by the way, a tour de force. And that is called keeping someone happy. Then, they challenged him with creating a detective drama, a genre ABC is not renowned for (at the notable exception of Castle, which is close to the end). But one he can be proud of. One that makes a difference. It is Presence. His next task? Developing a Marvel show. We still don’t have a clue about the character he’s writing for -some chatter say it’s Miss Marvel, ABC won’t confirm- and readers, that is called squeezing someone dry. They paid a shitload of money to get him and they won’t let it go to waste, obviously. And we’re all winners in this. Because like American Crime, Presence looks like something that requires all of our attention – and praise.

I know what you’re thinking, especially since I had the exact same thought when the project was announced: “yet another cop show *yawn*”. Well, no. There is just one cop in this show and it’s not our heroin. It’s Mike McKay, an officer from the LAPD, described as “a guy who knows where the gym is located‘. And that’s it! The other characters are not cops. This isn’t about catching bad guys. In fact, the people who hire Presence for an investigation are the bad guys. Because even bad guys need help, right? And she has no problem helping them, as long as money is involved. Presence is not your typical detective. First, she’s not licensed. Which makes a real difference. Second, she’s a bad ass. She fights like no other. She drives like crazy. She’s not afraid of anything anymore, or so it seems. She knows what is war, what is death, what is suffering. She lost family and friends. She’s fierce, she’s smart, she’s funny, she’s sexy, she knows how to stay classy in any circumstances. And she has a complicated past that will be interesting to explore in due time. She was a bit of a thug. She was this close to go prison. To be honest, Presence Foster makes me think of Olivia Pope from Scandal, if Olivia Pope had been raised on the streets and then had military training. She certainly fits with ABC’s wide range of heroins, from Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy) to Alex Parrish (Quantico). She also drinks wine alone at night. There is no other way but to love her at first sight.

So yes, there’s an investigation and there will be one in every episode. Deal with it! But the whole fun -‘cos this pilot is really fun- lays on the way she investigates, the way she moves, the way she kicks ass and irritates and charms everyone, both at the same time. But she’s not the only reason why Presence is a cool show. The characters who surround her are all pretty convincing too. There’s Tre, her gay brother from another mother she only met 4 months ago and with whom she tries to have a real relationship based on trust. Which is not easy for him, trusting her. Their dynamic is engaging. Then there’s Manny, an ex-con who tries to be good and keeps Presence on the right path. Here again, that’s not an easy thing to do. You also have Jas, a near-Eastern woman that has history with Presence, and not a good one. Last but not least: Duchess Avedon. Yes, this is her name. She’s a very rich woman who lives in a big mansion and she happens to be Presence’s ex-mother in law. She does make an impression. Oh and let’s not forget Presence’s car. A black Marauder. She’s part of her story. A character in itself. As his her apartment. And music. Music is so important in the pilot. The plan is to hear some Sade, some Nina Simone… Good vibes. Classy stuff.

What I love about this script is how much John Ridley knows what he’s doing and what he wants. He has a real vision. He’s an author. He may be on a mission -finding a successor for Castle– but he’s not just here for the paycheck. It feels like he contemplated what’s been done before in the detective genre on TV to find what new he could bring to the table. And the answer is diversity (most of the characters are not white), some sort of feminism (think about it: most of cop shows are led by a male character or a duet of a man and a woman but not by a woman alone), a mix of a glamourous Los Angeles we’re used to see and another one, more dangerous and dirty, that networks tend to forget it even exists. And that’s exactly what Presence is: a stylish mix between elements from classical detective dramas and more serious cable shows like The Shield. Now that I think about it, it’s a bit like Jennifer Lopez’ Shades of Blue on NBC, but more sophisticated, sharper and definitely funnier

Presence is a cable show ingeniously disguised as a network show. And that’s how you try to fill the gap between those two types of television. It’s riskier than doing yet another reimagining of MacGyver or Nancy Drew, and we can only hope it pays off. It’s exactly the show FOX would have dreamed of to pair with Empire. They share some DNA. Instead, they got Rosewood. Which is the exact opposite of Presence. I’m not sure it can be billed as “the new Castle” for ABC but it has definitely what it takes to make an impression. 

ABC’s 23 most exciting projects for 2016/2017 pilot season



The following article is based on descriptions mixed wih talents attached ONLY. None of the scripts have been read at this point. 

What are ABC’s needs for next season?

  • A dramedic cop show that can replace Castle, which is dying and might not survive this season, and that’d better be produced by ABC Studios or they’ll have another Forever situation on their hands.
  • There are never enough Shondaland shows on the ABC’s air. At least one more drama wouldn’t hurt the schedule. The first Shondaland comedy would be nice too.
  • One or two new strong family comedies that can help launching a second comedy block on tuesday while The Middle and Modern Family are still solid but get pricier as years go by and are not produced in-house, sadly.
  • More “bridge shows” that can do better than Agent Carter or Galavant do when the hits are gone for a few weeks. More “out of the box” ideas.


Drama Scripts ordered: around 40 / Comedy Scripts ordered: around 40

Drama pilots ordered last year: 12 /  Comedy pilots ordered last year: 13

11 drama pilots should be ordered / 11 comedy pilots should be ordered


Last season was quite a good one for ABC with How to Get Away With Murder & Blackish becoming instant hits and American Crime and Fresh Off The Boat getting rave reviews. Even Secrets & Lies surprised at the last minute with growing numbers. This year, while we don’t know yet what’s gonna happen with promising shows like The Family, The Catch and The Real O’Neals, plus Secrets & Lies season 2, all coming midseason, the results are way less convincing. The Muppets did weaker numbers than expected, Wicked City was a total flop, and Blood and oil did bad numbers, as expected, in that very difficult sunday spot against The Walking Dead. Things look brighter for Quantico, that didn’t become the hit it was supposed to be because of bad scheduling but did a pretty good job to attract viewers in a dead spot. Plus, the show is a success on Live+7. And that could be reasons enough to save it for another year, hoping it can stay strong creatively.

Regarding older shows, Grey’s Anatomy is still very strong, Scandal rebounded a bit, How to Get Away With Murder lost steam but stayed solid, the whole wenesday comedy block is a success, even if Modern Family is not the hit it once was, Dancing With The Stars‘ erosion has stopped for now, the multicamera duo Last Man Standing/Dr Ken is number one on friday, while Castle is dying fast, Nashville can’t survive any longer and Agents of SHIELD is just here to keep Marvel happy. The Once Upon a Time situation is worrying but ABC has bigger problems to solve.

Regarding the development slate, it seems a bit weaker than the years before, with no real surprise but they seem to know what they want and what they don’t want, contrary to other networks, so they don’t develop too much of everything hoping something will stick. That’s a good sign. Less original ideas but still a fair amount of female-driven soaps, their trademark, several legal dramas in development -‘cos yes, it would be nice if ABC had one- many many family comedies, ‘cos that’s what they do, and a handful of Shondaland projects, from dramas to comedies, ‘cos she’s the queen. Note that it’s the only network to have very few remakes in the works, among them: Fantasy Island & Big Ballet (UK Import). Let’s take a look at la crème de la crème.



(ABC Studios)

What? about a woman who risks everything to help a whistleblower come forward with secret information that will impact the lives of millions…

Why? Is it too serious a subject for a network? It depends on the way it’s done. If it’s too complex, it might be. It is described as “Homeland meets Erin Brockovich“. Works for me.

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What? about Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebellious daughter of a Clinton-like political family who is forced into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, has two weeks to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

Why? Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Quantico) is behind this hour of TV that looks like something in the vein of Scandal, with a political background mixed with cases of the week and heavily serialized stories linked to the heroin and the members of her team. And this “Conviction Integrity Unit” has not been done before, I recall.



What? about the brash, intelligent, hot-mess daughter of Carl and Elaine Ludlow, who left Harvard Law School and found her “voice” as the firm’s brash and controversial legal investigator…

Why? I feel like this woman’s gonna be cool. It will probably all depend on the actress who’s cast for the part, though. What more can I say? ABC needs a procedural. Why not this one? A legal one.



What? about the sexy, twisted lives of an iconic fashion family, looking at our beauty-obsessed culture through a darkly comedic lens…

Why? Felicity Huffman is attached to star as the mother of the family and she also produces it. Ugly Betty is long gone and a lot of people misses it. Maybe it’s time to try something in the fashion universe again, as long as it is different enough. And that’s what the “darkly comedic lens” suggests.



What? drama which examines the dark underbelly of an exclusive beachfront community by following its inhabitants as they fight to belong while keeping their secrets hidden from view…

Why? A dark, humerous soap set in a little town? Oh yeah! Plus, it’s based on a well-reviewed book.


THE JURY (Sony Pictures Television)

What? follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way…

Why? This is an highly ambitious anthology legal drama from Carol Mendelsohn, who started her career on Melrose Place and was one of the CSI franchise producers. It’s hard to say whether it has what it takes to become a hit of it’s too old school for that, but ABC has to try it and see what happens. PICKED-UP


THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  set in 2118, in a thousand-story supertower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; a young woman’s fall from the 1,000th floor ignites a scandal that ensnares the top-floor elite and the bottom-floor drones…

Why? Greg Berlanti is everywhere, damn! He’s behind this project too, created by Maggie Friedman (Dawson’s Creek, Once & Again, Witches of East End, Jack & Bobby), and adapted from a series of books that just came out from the same team as Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries & The 100. It could be a huge mess but for now, it’s an interesting mix between Downton Abbey and Hunger Games. Let’s give it a try before frowning like it’s the worst idea ever!



What? drama in which monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis); but now someone is killing monsters, and it is up to one disgraced detective to stop the killer… or become the next victim…

Why? Supernatural dramas are not what ABC does best. They try at least one every year and they always fail, at the exception of Once Upon A Time. But if they want to keep broadcasting Agents of SHIELD at 9, they’d better find something that goes with it, better than Wicked City. Monstropolis seems like a good option.



What? drama which follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other…

Why? Here again, we can feel a Shonda Rhimes/Scandal vibe that doesn’t hurt. But Shonda is not involved. It’s from Josh Berman, who created Drop Dead Diva and Vanished, and consults on The Blacklist. A romantic thrilleresque show, that’s also what mid-season entry The Catch is. If this one works, it’s always a good thing to have something to potentially pair it with.



What? a twisted family drama that follows a murder investigation told over the course of 24 hours; the case begins at a celebration that is interrupted when a body is found floating in the pool; through flashbacks, the mystery paints every guest as a possible suspect…

Why? In spite of their deal with ABC Studios, Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (The OC, Gossip Girl) have a hard time getting something on the air. The last time it was The Astronaut Wives Club. While The Party doesn’t sound like the most original thing ever, it’s a show that seems buzzworthy, following the How To Get Away With Murder/Quantico trend.


UNFOLLOW (Warner Bros. Television)

What? what happens when a secretive billionaire makes a global announcement — via the social media platform he invented — that he is terminally ill and has decided to bestow his entire fortune to a seemingly random sample of 140 people from around the world. When one of them turns up dead, the others realize that they are all suspects — and the next potential victim.

Why? This hot property (that somehow resembles FOX’s The Following) is adapted from Vertigo Comics by The Originals‘ showrunner Michael Narducci and deals with the dangers of social medias in a very unique way. Again, this one seems buzzworthy. But is ABC the right home for it?



What? about a group of Catholic nuns fighting the closure of their Bronx-based convent who must suddenly deal with three young novices whose arrival unearths long-buried secrets…

Why? This one, from Shondaland, is my favorite and I would be very sad if they don’t order a pilot for it. But Shondaland developed many dramas and comedies for this pilot season, ABC will have to make a choice. I don’t see them ordering more than two. Having nuns for heroins sound like fun, and the creator, Alison Schapker, worked on Alias, Lost and Fringe! She’s from the J.J. Abrams’ school. It’s reason enough to want it desperately.



What? dramedy which focuses on a clique of young nannies, a trio of interconnected families and their various support staffs, all trying to help the kids grow up when they haven’t quite grown up themselves…

Why? Shondaland is behind this one too, with Scandal ladies Kerry Washington & Katie Lowes producing. It’s not the first time a project about nannies is developed, but not one came to fruition. This is it, guys! If you replace nannies by maids, it sounds a lot like Devious Maids. But Devious Maids is a very funny and entertaining show after all, that maybe ABC should have kept for themselves, instead of giving it to Lifetime…


THE WILL (Sony Pictures Television)

What? billed as a mystery revolving around the surviving members of an eccentric and wealthy patriarch who dies and leaves his massive inheritance to the various members of his family, but with strict, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre conditions attached to the gifts.

Why? ABC’s still missing a consistent family drama since Brothers & Sisters departed so many years ago. This one sounds fun and exciting, even if it’s hard to imagine what it will look like. But it’s produced by Amblin Television and that’s worrying when you look at their track record. At least it’s different from what they are used to deliver.




AUNT JILL (Universal Television)

What? about a smart, confident, hilarious and lovable 50-year-old who chose a different path than most women her age by focusing on her career and social life instead of getting married and having a family…

Why? I’d love to watch a network comedy centered on a middle-aged woman. It’s exactly the reason why it won’t be picked-up but let me believe it’s possible. Please do.


BRAUNSCHLAG (Sony Pictures Television)

What? domestic take on David Schalko’s Austrian single-camera comedy, about a young small-town mayor named Emma Wolf who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck…

Why? Haven’t seen the original show but I feel like it could be loads of fun, with quirky characers all over and a sweet girl at the center.



What? about the overworked, underpaid, clean up crew of the Marvel Universe specializing in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts…

Why? This is a Marvel show, their first comedy. Of course ABC will have no choice but to pick it up, first to pilot then to series. That’s how it is, sadly. But maybe it will be very cool. And it seems a bit more exciting than NBC’s Powerless from DC Comics. Those two will be there next season, you can count on it.


DREAM TEAM (Warner Bros. Television)

What? about Coach Marty Schumacher, who knows how to win in the world of girls’ club soccer. His last team went to the national championship, and those women are off playing in college, semipro, even the Olympic team. Now Coach Schumacher, who is known as “the star maker” (mostly by himself), has a documentary crew following him around as he assembles his next dynasty from a diverse group of little girls that bring along their diverse families.

Why? This project has a very big commitment, so it should be ordered to pilot. It’s from Kari Lizer & Bill Wrubel, who worked together on Will & Grace a decade ago, it’s a high concept and it’s described as a mockumentary à la Modern Family (Wrubel is one of the key writers of the hit series). Paul Lee desperately wants a comedy with a sport twist. It’s a sure bet!


FAMILY SHOW (20th Century FOX Television)

What? single-camera comedy set behind the scenes of a fictional family sitcom, following crew members on set and at home…

Why? We were talking about Modern Family. Here’s a project that basically wants to explore what’s happening behind-the-scenes. It’s an idea that rarely pays off –30 Rock is the only example that comes to mind, but it wasn’t a hit per say, among viewers at least- but they have to try it. But is ABC the right place for it? Not sure about that. It would be weird to have a show poking fun at the family comedy genre on a network that airs 8 of them!



What? single-camera comedy about an interracial couple with very different personalities and big ambitions…

Why? ABC has a lot of diversity on their comedies –Blackish, Fresh Off The Boat, Dr Ken– but it’s about time they tackle the interracial issue in one of them (Modern Family does it a bit with Gloria & Jay).


PLUS ONE (ABC Studios)

What? single-camera comedy told from the point of view of three millennial siblings who find their places in the family upended when they discover they have a fourth sibling who is everything they are – and more…

Why? I like this idea. Really. It’s simple but interesting in terms of dynamics. They can do a lot with it.



What? about the single residents of a suburban cul-de-sac, in the wake of a wave of divorces, who join forces to raise their kids and get through it together…

Why? Here’s the comedy project from Shondaland. It’s written by the creators of Trophy Wife, a show that was worth a much longer life. It’s already two good reasons to get behind it. But if you need one more: it’s a beautiful idea and divorces are everywhere in real life but not much represented on television. They need their comedy!



What? revolves around a gay couple that gets divorced with both men remarrying and raising their budding teenage daughters together, despite the pitfalls of their different families

Why? Two gay couples in the same show?! Raising kids?! Yes yes yes! First there were Cam & Mitchell from Modern Family. Then there was so so The New Normal. Time to go to the next level!


What projects are you the most interested in among these? Take your picks!

ABC | 2015/2016 – 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!








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.




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!





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!





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…




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.





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!



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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