Once Upon a Time Return Date

ABC Sets Midseason Premieres for Once Upon a Time, American Crime, The Catch, Dirty Dancing Redo and Others

ABC has announced an exact return date for Once Upon a Time, as well as set premieres for Season 2 of The Catch, Season 3 of the acclaimed American Crime and its Dirty Dancing remake.

Also getting debut dates is the Jenna Elfman-fronted, half-CGI sitcom Imaginary Mary, the time-travel drama Time After Time and the powerful, four-night miniseries When We Rise. The comedy Downward Dog will premiere in summer.

As previously announced, ABC’s #TGIT lineup was postponed a week, due to the scheduling of a pre-inauguration special airing Thursday, Jan. 19.

Thursday, Jan. 26
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Scandal Season 6
10 pm How to Get Away with Murder

Monday, Feb. 27
9 pm When We Rise miniseries (airs nightly through Thursday, March 2)

Sunday March 5
8 pm Once Upon a Time returns
9 pm Time After Time (Two-hour premiere)

Wednesday, March 8
10 pm Designated Survivor returns

Thursday, March 9
10 pm The Catch Season 2

Sunday, March 12
9 pm Time After Time (time-slot premiere)
10 pm American Crime Season 3

Wednesday, March 29
8:30 pm Imaginary Mary (sneak preview)

Tuesday, April 4
9:30 Imaginary Mary (time-slot premiere)

Wednesday, May 24
8 pm Dirty Dancing (three hours)

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25 Comments
  1. NC says:

    What happened to Shonda’s “Still Star-Crossed”?

  2. Alec says:

    ABC is my favorite network, for sure. I’m so excited for TGIT, When We Rise, The Catch and American Crime!

  3. rcb918 says:

    So, it looks like still nothing for Still Star-Crossed or Downward Dog. I’m glad to finally hear word on The Catch and American Crime though.

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Excited to watch Amercian Crime’s new season!

  5. Didn’t they film Dirty Dancing over a year ago? Interesting that they are going with a Wednesday premier?

    • Iakovos says:

      ABC must sense DIRTY DANCING will cap off May sweeps with high ratings.But I would think more people are watching TV in February.

    • Hasn’t quite been a year yet but a year is about what it takes to get something through post-production, advertised, and onto the market. A lot of these hour long shows…dramas and “reality TV”…are often aired about 1 year after filming.

  6. Loveriot says:

    What happened to Downward Dog?

  7. Adrián says:

    Are they really going to air a 7-part miniseries in four consecutive nights? That’s not a way to treat When we rise, ABC

  8. AJ says:

    I think that’s a good way to air When We Rise – two hours a night, four nights in a row, starting night following the Oscars. Looking forward to it and American Crime.

  9. Aflem says:

    This idiotic practice of delaying a show’s return from December until March is extremely self defeating and kills any momentum it may have. The fact that Once Upon A time or Designated Survivor won’t be on the air for nearly four months is ridiculous. I know they want them there for the sweeps (another rapidly antiquated process) but they won’t do any network any good if viewers simply forget they exist and lose interest, not coming back when they finally return.

    The way Fox handled 24 – with consecutive episodes airing every week – is the only way to do this. How many shows have met a premature death or lost rating points because a network simply waited too long to bring it back after the laughably titled “winter hiatus?” (It’s a sure show killer. NBC’s Heroes and Revolution come to mind.)

    “Out of sight, out of mind” should be the new mantra. But when it comes to the Amnets, it’s more like “they’re out of sight and they’re out of their minds,”.

    • herman1959 says:

      DITTO. The extended break just gives viewers time to find something they like on Netflix and/ or hulu and get hooked.

  10. Billy meacham says:

    Can’t wait for once upon a time, designated survivor, the catch and American crime to come back on!

  11. Maria says:

    March 8 can’t get here soon enough.

    • Kevin says:

      IKR. Wonder what will happen when Designated Survivor returns and as the tagline for the promo would say – WHO TOOK THE BULLET?

  12. herman1959 says:

    ABC is taking a risk introducing Imaginary Mary (an offbeat/quirky show) just as the weather will be getting warm in a lot of the country – anyone remember how the ratings dropped last when it got warm?. I feel for Jenna Elfman, she’s been typed-cast for so long that she always gets stuck on shows that get cancelled when she could as easily play straight drama.

  13. parstl says:

    I’ve commented several times on the idiotic long winter breaks especially for new or on the brink shows. So, Designated Survivor which has a strong male audience will be back just in time for college basketball March Madness. Way to go.

  14. E says:

    Did Quantico get cancelled? Or is it coming back sometime?

  15. Ana says:

    What about Dancing with the Stars?