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 | 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
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…
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…
THE MIDDLE / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE
First 6 weeks – MARVEL’S INHUMANS
then – BLACKISH / THE MAYOR
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…
THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS
MODERN FAMILY / STARTING UP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!