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Upfronts 2014: ABC Fall Schedule Announced

Upfront week continued as ABC took their turn to announce their new lineup for the fall. They are definitely taking a few risks with their Tuesday & Thursday lineups, their Sunday & Monday lineups stay the same from the spring and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. Let’s take a closer look.

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Sunday:
7PM: America’s Funniest Home Videos
8PM: Once Upon a Time
9PM: Resurrection
10PM:: Revenge

*This is one of those cases where ABC kept everything the same. While everything is a solid performer, I don’t think this night is as buzzed or talked-about as it used to be for the network. Resurrection was a surprise hit for the network, but I wonder if they will be able to keep up the momentum heading into the fall. ABC also announced that Once Upon a Time and Resurrection will take a midseason break and they will air the new musical comedy Galavant and the new buzzed about drama American Crime in their spots. That’s at least a risky move that the network needed to make.*

Monday:
8PM: Dancing with the Stars
10PM: Castle

*ABC kept everything the same here. There’s nothing wrong about it, but both of these shows are not aging well and the network will be in serious trouble when they are left without these programs in a couple seasons.*

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Tuesday:
8PM: Selfie
8:30PM: Manhattan Love Story
9PM: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10PM: Forever

*ABC needed to move S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the line of fire from NCIS. I’m not sure the show will do any better an hour later, but it should do moderately better (especially since good word-of-mouth has been spreading about the show). ABC also announced that S.H.I.E.L.D. will follow the 12/12 format of other programs, with Marvel’s Agent Carter airing during the hiatus. The other new programs on this night don’t sound very interesting. Selfie‘s trailer didn’t make any kind of impression, Manhattan Love Story looks like the other rom-com single-camera shows that the networks are wild about this year, and the premise for Forever (an immortal medical examiner) doesn’t sound like ABC will find something stable for that failing timeslot.*

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Wednesday:
8PM: The Middle
8:30PM: The Goldbergs
9PM: Modern Family
9:30PM: Black-ish
10PM: Nashville

*I correctly predicted (most) of this lineup. The Goldbergs needed to move to stay alive and being sandwiched between The Middle and Modern Family can only improve its ratings. Black-ish seems very compatible with Modern Family and should retain most of its audience, hopefully. Nashville staying put is a little bit of a surprise. Maybe they’re banking on Black-ish being a bigger hit and providing a better lead-in for it.*

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Thursday:
8PM: Grey’s Anatomy
9PM: Scandal
10PM: How to Get Away with Murder

*Shonda Rhimes Night! It’s pretty amazing that she completely owns a night of ABC programming now. It’s actually a smart move on their part. Grey’s Anatomy is still a consistent performer and should continue to do well an hour earlier. Scandal is the hot new show that should provide a great lead-in for ABC’s hottest commodity, How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis.*

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Friday:
8PM: Last Man Standing
8:30PM: Cristela
9PM: Shark Tank
10PM: 20/20

*I correctly predicted this night too. There wasn’t any chance that Last Man Standing would be moving, and I highly doubted Shark Tank would move either. Talked about multi-camera pilot Cristela seemed the most logical choice as well to fill the gap between both shows. Once again, nothing too surprising.*

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Midseason
Drama: American Crime, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Secrets & Lies, The Whispers
Comedy: Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant
Reality: The Bachelor, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Taste

*ABC doesn’t have a whole lot of stuff lined up for midseason yet. And the ones that they have ordered, pretty much have air dates already set. American Crime & Galavant will air Sundays starting in January. Marvel’s Agent Carter will air during the S.H.I.E.L.D. hiatus. And The Bachelor will take over in between cycles of DWTS. So the network doesn’t have a whole lot of shows in the well. They must be banking hard on all of their new shows being successes. We’ll see how that works out for them.*

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