ABC announced its 2015-2016 primetime schedule on Tuesday (May 12) morning and even with the addition of five new shows, what's most striking about the ABC roster is its stability.
If you include Saturday, four of ABC's seven primetime nights are untouched from last season, while there's only one half-hour changing on Friday. Plus, at least for the fall, ABC only has one returning show new time period.
ABC has set the new comedies “The Muppets” and “Dr. Ken” to premiere in the fall, along with the dramas “Quantico,” “Oil” (formerly “Boom”) and “Of Kings and Prophets.”
That leaves “The Catch,” “The Family,” “The Real O'Neals” and two shows without “The” titles — “Uncle Buck” and “Wicked City” — to premiere at midseason along with returning midseason shows “American Crime,” “Galavant,” “Marvel's Agent Carter” and “Secrets and Lies,” plus “The Bachelor” and “Beyond the Tank.”
“Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year,” blurbs Paul Lee. “ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC”s place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television.”
Let's look at things night by night, with the reminder that a lot of this will sound very familiar:
Monday's been the same for years now and nothing's about to change now, with “Dancing with the Stars” continuing to lead into “Castle.”
Tuesday will now kick-off with “The Muppets,” which should give a nice boost to “Fresh Off The Boat,” which shifts back a half-hour to 8:30. “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will remain in the 9 p.m. hour and will be followed by the FBI drama “Quantico.” [UPDATE: ABC's Paul Lee says that at midseason, “Fresh Off The Boat” moves to 8 p.m. followed by “The Real O'Neals” at 8:30. “Wicked City” will take the 10 p.m. hour at midseason.]