ABC is adding four comedies and two dramas to a fall schedule that continues to aim for the network's largely female viewership. The new lineup also will also see Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The Goldbergsand Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. move to new time periods.
The network, which ranks third this season (and fourth among young adults), will see Monday and Sunday schedules remain intact, but includes changes on every other night. Grey's and Scandal each move an hour earlier on Thursdays, joined by a third series from their producer, Shonda Rhimes; The Goldbergs will move to Wednesdays as a more compatible bridge between The Middle and Modern Family; and S.H.I.E.L.D. will shift an hour later on Tuesdays, where it will be preceded by two new comedies.
Those sitcoms are Selfie, a modern-day update on My Fair Lady for the tech age, in which a social-media-obsessed woman (Karen Gillan) is helped by a rebranding guru (John Cho); and Manhattan Love Story, a romantic comedy about a couple that's just begun dating.
In five seasons, ABC has yet to find a hit companion for Modern Family, but will try again with Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a suburban black couple looking to establish their cultural identity. On Fridays, it's adding Cristela, starring Cristela Alonzo as a woman straddling two worlds: She's an ambitious legal intern clinging to her working-class Mexican-American family.
New dramas include Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd as a coroner trying to solve the mystery of his own immortality; and How to Get Away With Murder, Rhimes' third Thursday series, a thriller starring Viola Davis as a law professor who ensnares her students in a murder case.
Putting all three Rhimes series back to back "made all the sense in the world," says ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee. The network has "stumbled" in the 8 p.m. ET/PT hour on Thursdays, and one of its strongest shows, Scandal, will help launchMurder. But in February NBC's hot The Blacklist will face off against it.
For midseason, ABC has Agent Carter, a second Marvel series starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America) as a 1940s secret agent. American Crime, about the aftermath of a home invasion, starring Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton; Secrets and Lies, a murder mystery starring Ryan Philippe as a man falsely accused of murder; Galavant, a musical comedy fairytale; The Whispers, an alien-invasion saga; and culture-shock comedy Fresh Off the Boat, about a Chinese-Americanfamily in Orlando.
Current plans call for Carter to fill in a midseason gap between half-seasons ofS.H.I.E.L.D., Galavant will do the same for Once Upon a Time, and American Crimeis scheduled to replace Resurrection when its season of 16 or so episodes is complete.
ABC's fall schedule (all times ET/PT; new shows in bold; new time slots in italics)
Monday: 8, Dancing with the Stars; 10, Castle
Tuesday: 8, Selfie; 8:30, Manhattan Love Story; 9, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; 10, Forever
Wednesday: 8, The Middle; 8:30, The Goldbergs; 9, Modern Family; 9:30, Black-ish; 10, Nashville
Thursday: 8, Grey's Anatomy; 9, Scandal; 10, How to Get Away with Murder
Friday: 8, Last Man Standing; 8:30, Cristela; 9, Shark Tank; 10, 20/20
Saturday: 8, Saturday Night Football
Sunday: 7, America's Funniest Home Videos; 8, Once Upon a Time; 9, Resurrection; 10, Revenge