ABC is the third network, following NBC and Fox, to announce its schedule for the 2016-17 TV season, and among its major moves — though as suspected — Scandal will not return until midseason, while The Middle is relocating to a new neighborhood for Season 8.
ABC’s new entertainment president Channing Dungey conceded in a call with reporters that Scandal star Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy forced the network to “make some adjustments” with regard to scheduling the show.
Filling the #TGIT gap on Thursdays in the fall will be Notorious, a new drama starring Covert Affairs‘ Piper Perabo and Graceland‘s Daniel Sunjata.
Other key takeaways: Hayley Atwell’s Conviction is inheriting Castle‘s former time slot, the Kiefer Sutherland-led Designated Survivor will replace Nashville on Wednesdays and Secrets and Lies Season 2 will finally see the light of day, airing Sundays in front of Quantico.
On tap for midseason, in addition to Scandal, are The Catch, Shondaland’s Romeo & Juliet sequel Still Star-Crossed, American Crime, Time After Time, the comedies Downward Dog and Imaginary Mary, and the limited series When We Rise.
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All told, the ABC schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS, click for details.
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm CONVICTION
8 pm The Middle (new timeslot)
8:30 pm AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (WATCH TRAILER)
9 pm Fresh Off the Boat (new timeslot)
9:30 pm The Real O’Neals (new timeslot)
10 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (new timeslot)
8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm Dr. Ken
9 pm Shark Tank
10 pm 20/20
Saturday Night Football
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm Once Upon a Time
9 pm Secrets and Lies (new timeslot)
10 pm Quantico
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: The Astronaut Wives Club, Blood & Oil, Castle, The Family, Galavant, Marvel’s Agent Carter, The Muppets, Nashville, Of Kings and Prophets, Rookie Blue, The Whispers and Wicked City