Disclaimer: The new shows listed in the schedule ARE NOT guarantees of the shows which will ultimately be picked up to series unless otherwise specified.
My Goal: Have a night full of female-led dramas to counter cable and football.
7-America’s Funniest Home Videos. Cheap comedy filler that isn’t going anywhere. I would fully endorse a Tuesday or Friday move, but alas Sunday at 7 is considered primetime for the sake of CBS and FOX.
8-Once Upon A Time
9-Runner. The story of a woman whose perfect life is destroyed by a “simple twist of fate.” Her attempt to expose the truth will send her on a journey through the illegal gun trade between the United States and Mexico. I think this show has potential, so I slid it up from 10, where I originally had it, to air after Once Upon A Time.
10-Nashville. I had wanted to put this after Dancing with the Stars, but Castle does not look strong enough for a move. Also, two new shows on Sundays, especially this time slot, would probably not be the best option.
My Goal: Pair up two music-oriented shows, and I don’t think DWTS can or should launch a new show.
8-Dancing With The Stars
8-The Middle. Being my favorite show, it is so hard for me to decide where I want the show, and where ABC should probably put it despite my tastes. Part of me wants to say Friday, as it could start a successful little one-hour single cam comedy block. Another part of me says to keep it on Wednesdays, as ABC will need some stability considering that FOX’s Empire will most likely move to 8pm and this show has done well at anchoring the hour for half a decade now. But in the case that Fresh Off The Boat is renewed, it will keep a companion. I don’t see them moving The Goldbergs after what happened last season, and Blackish moving could be risky. So for now, I will stick The Middle here. I may move it yet again, as this may not be my final version.
8:30-Fresh Off The Boat. ABC’s new multi cam pilot Dr. Ken looks like a very compatible partner thematically with this show, but it can not longer be considered an anchor. My main problem with this Middle~FOTB block, though, is probably the fact that doing so would require both comedies to change time slots, something that could be risky as for all we know, The Middle is a time slot hit.
9-Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. There needs to be some stability, and like last year, I think SHIELD will be the only show to stay on the same nightu
10-Quantico. It centers on a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As the show intercuts between their hidden pasts and their present training, it also flashes forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Many suspect it is male-oriented, so it may provide for a solid paring with its lead-in.
My Goal: Create a true comedy night with the inclusion of a dramedy at 10.
8-The Goldbergs. It’s undoubtedly getting to syndication, and now it’s needed as an anchor. Since Tuesdays wouldn’t work, they would most definitely move it here if they want it to anchor. Doing so could be risky, considering that statistical chances are high it would drop about one to two tenths in this harder time slot. Although I would much rather see The Middle in this spot, ABC can’t put four well-rated comedies on one night and then use the throw everything against a wall and see what sticks strategy for the rest.
8:30-Knoxville. Narrated by Johnny Knoxville and based on his life, it follows the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny navigating the “outlaw culture” of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, TN, and documents the childhood experiences that inspired him to become one of the greatest pranksters of a generation. Single-camera comedy that is currently part of the pilot season, unlike the Ali Wentworth project which will most likely not go through despite being on my schedule throughout development season. Honestly, my only reservation about this one is the name—don’t confuse it with Nashville! It has been flying under the radar for the most part, so this is probably the pilot on my schedule with the least chance of getting ordered to series—just a warning.
9-Modern Family. Always has been there, why mess with it? Wednesday average would be significantly less without it.
9:30-Blackish. The show is too unstable to move at this point, and would most likely collapse without its Modern Family lead-in. Unless they find something they have more faith in to the extent of willing to sacrifice the show, I don’t think Blackish is moving.
10-an hour-long dramedy about several modern families — including “multi-cultural, multi-generational and those built through divorces, affairs and adoptions” — set against a family restaurant “at a crossroads.” This is a dramedy a la Ugly Betty and I think that’s what ABC needs to do here. It *could* lose out to American Marriage though based solely on production companies.
My Goal: Keep Shondaland/TGIT intact.
10-How to Get Away with Murder. Why mess with these three shows if you don’t have to?
I just can’t figure out Fridays. Do they keep Last Man Standing despite the low ratings, production company, and cost? Do they give up on multi cams and focus on the single cams, which would require The Middle to move? Do they take the easy way out and just plug in Beyond The Tank at 9, with Shark Tank at 8? There are so many different factors, and it all depends on which bubble shows are renewed and which are not.
8-Last Man Standing
8:30-Dr. Ken. About Ken Jeong, who is trying to juggle medical work, parenting, and being a good husband, while succeeding at none of them. It would continue the diversity trend left my a lack of Cristela (which is probably what ABC would like to market, but more importantly it is a multi cam and sounds good to most who have watched The Middle, Fresh Off The Boat, or Trophy Wife.
8-Fresh Off the Boat. They finally have a comedy working here!
8:30-Dr. Ken. About Ken Jeong, who is trying to juggle medical work, parenting, and being a good husband, while succeeding at none of them. It’s a multi-cam, but is about an Asian-American comedy with the amazingly talented Albert Tsai. I would like to see it get a chance
9-SHIELD. There needs to be some stability, and like last year, I think SHIELD will be the only show to stay on the same night
10-Castle. It’s aired post-DWTS long enough, has more than enough episodes in syndication. Best case scenario: fixes the death slot. Worst case: gets cancelled after eight seasons. Fans can’t complain it wasn’t enough.
, which spins a Biblical tale about a king, a prophet and a shepherd, all of whom are “on a collision course with destiny.” To take the place during Once Upon A Time’s bridge.
Smoke and Mirrors, a gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living and has finally found fulfillment both at work and in love until a case comes along that threatens to turn her world upside down. Shonda’s fourth show. Assuming it is picked up, it could be put after Scandal once How to Get Away with Murder ends for the season, which would make more sense thematically. However, they could also put it on Sunday by a financial standpoint and try to bring success back to that 9-11 block. Formerly titled The Catch