Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ABC Announces New Schedule for Fall 2014

The biggest surprise is that Grey’s Anatomy is moving to the 8 PM Family hour.  The reasoning is that every new show ABC has launched in that slot has failed.  What this also means is that Shonda Rhimes will own ABC’s Thursday lineup.  Not to mention that they’ll have to water down Grey’s since it will now be in that aforementioned Family Hour and I’m sure that One Million Moms already have their notepad and pencils ready to bombard the FCC with the perpetual whining they have systematically perfected.

Frankly, ABC had other returning shows that probably would have fit well into that 8 PM slot.  Agents of Shield might have been a good candidate since it’s returning even though I can’t find anybody actually talking that show up since it’s much anticipated debut in September 2012.

On the other hand, it’s not like Grey’s hasn’t become kind of milquetoast in the drama department the last few years anyway.  So much so that you have to wonder how much longer it can survive.  Most of the newer characters are just kind of blah.

But hey, didn’t ER go on forever and isn’t Law & Order: Special Victims Unit still hanging around?  I mean, won’t Mariska Hargitay be eligible for Social Security sometime soon?  Yeah, just kidding.  That was Dann Florek and Richard Belzer who hung up their stinkin’ badges cause they no longer needed those stinkin’ badges.

Other than that, I’ll leave you to hash all this out.  I have other fish to fry.

Paul Lee does the dance for THR followed by the complete schedule:
Though ABC does have its share of problems, it's mostly staying the course with this schedule. New series are filling vacant slots, with few shifts, though Tuesday is getting a significant tweak in comedy's move to 8 p.m. It's a big gamble having half-hours open the night -- newcomers Selfie and Manhattan Love Story get that exceptional challenge -- but it makes sense for the sophomore run of Agents of SHIELD. ABC recently experimented with airing the solid-ish Marvel drama at 9 p.m. to good results.

That should give a big assist to Forever. Aside from the previously mentioned Thursday hour, 10 p.m. on Tuesday has been ABC's most difficult. And a drama lead-in makes much more sense then the last three years of comedies.

“Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, who just reupped with Disney. “ABC is finishing the season with momentum -- we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we're extremely excited about the new slate.”

ABC's Complete Fall 2014-15 Schedule
8-10 p.m. -- Dancing With the Stars
10-11 p.m. -- Castle

8-8:30 p.m. -- Selfie
8:30-9 p.m. -- Manhattan Love Story
9-10 p.m. -- Agents of SHIELD
10-11 p.m. -- Forever

8-8:30 p.m. -- The Middle
8:30-9 p.m. -- The Goldbergs
9-9:30 p.m. -- Modern Family
9:30-10 p.m. -- Black-ish
10-11 p.m. -- Nashville

8-9 p.m. -- Grey's Anatomy
9-10 p.m. -- Scandal
10-11 p.m. -- How to Get Away With Murder
8-8:30 p.m. -- Last Man Standing
8:30-9 p.m. -- Cristela
9-10 p.m. -- Shark Tank
10-11 p.m. -- 20/20

8-11 p.m. -- Saturday Night Football
7-8 p.m. -- America's Funniest Home Videos
8-9 p.m. -- Once Upon a Time
9-9:30 p.m. -- Resurrection
10-11 p.m. -- Revenge

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