8-10 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10-11 PM — Conviction (New)
8-8:30 PM — The Middle
8:30-9 PM — American Housewife (New)
9-9:30 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
9:30-10 PM — The Real O’Neals
10-11 PM — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8-8:30 PM — The Goldbergs
8:30-9 PM — Speechless (New)
9-9:30 PM — Modern Family
9:30-10 PM — black-ish
10-11 PM — Designated Survivor (New)
8-9 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
9-10 PM — Notorious (New)
10-11 PM — How to Get Away with Murder
8-8:30 PM — Last Man Standing
8:30-9 PM — Dr. Ken
9-10 PM — Shark Tank
10-11 PM — 20/20
8-11:30 PM — Saturday Night Football
7-8 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8-9 PM — Once Upon a Time
9-10 PM — Secrets and Lies
10-11 PM — Quantico
ABC is positioning itself as the network with most comedy shows. It has an impressive ten half-hour sitcoms on its schedule and as a result it has had to expand its Tuesday comedy block. Tuesdays’ one-hour comedy block will now be doubled in size, with newcomer American Housewife and relocated The Middle accompanying Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O’Neals. That increase will now push Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to 10p.m.
The Goldbergs will now anchor Wednesdays’ former comedy block, which was previously led by The Middle. Taking The Goldbergs slot is the new Minnie Driver-helmed comedy, Speechless.
Channing Dungey, ABC’s newly minted president had this to say about the networks’ new comedies in today’s press call, “We are extremely proud of our what we like to call our ABC Funny brand. We have a distinctive brand of comedy that is working well. [Comedy] development we had this year came in very strong and, once we look at that development, in combination with the comedies we’d already brought back, it made sense to open up a new night. Broadcast television in particular is a fantastic home for comedy.” She also detailed, “I did not have a hand in ordering these pilots; I had a hand in development advocacy of drama pilots. The comedies already were ordered when I took the [new] role. [But] the schedule reflects my sensitivity about where I think the network is, and where I think we want to be going.”
The Kiefer Sutherland-vehicle, Designated Survivor will round off Tuesday nights, taking recently cancelled Nashville’s timeslot.
Speaking of newly cancelled shows, the void in ABC’s schedule left by Castle, will be filled by Hayley Atwell’s new buzzy drama, Conviction.
Something else that caught our eye was the one show noticeably missing from Shondaland’s TGIT block: Scandal, which will be held until midseason, probably because of Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. ABC trimmed the show’s Season 6 episode order, from 22 to 16, after the news of its leading lady’s second pregnancy. Taking its place between Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder is new drama Notorious.
Finally, Sundays will bring the return of Secrets and Lies, whose second season will take the same timeslot its first season had, when it premiered last year.