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ABC Announces 2016-17 Primetime Schedule *Updated with ABC President quotes*



Some additional notes from ABC President Channing Dungey, who spoke to reporters about the schedule:
- Scandal will replace Notorious at 9pm on Thursdays come midseason, while the current plan is to place The Catch at 10pm once How to Get Away With Murder ends its third season.
- New drama Time After Time will replace Secrets and Lies at 9pm on Sundays once it finishes its ten-episode second season, which Dungey describes as "closed" and "even better than the first."
- Still Star-Crossed, which will air at some point in midseason, was always intended to be placed there. Dungey didn't rule out the show finding a place on Thursday nights.
- Dungey describes The Middle as a "fantastic anchor show" and is very excited to build a new comedy block around it on Tuesdays. That new block has been opened up as ABC are very proud of their comedy line-up, and looking at their development, it "seemed to make sense."
- High praise for Kiefer Sutherland-starring Designated Survivor, calling it "a really cinematic hour of television."
- Production studios for both Castle and Nashville were looking for the best creative and financial reasons for an ninth and fifth season of the shows, respectively. ABC were looking for what fit best on their schedule, and in the end, the future for ABC "did not necessarily lie in those shows."
- Dungey calls When We Rise, an eight-episode limited series set for February 2017, a "powerful" drama.
- Agents of SHIELD's move to 10pm is "less about moving [it there], and more about being the right moment to open up a new [two hour comedy block]." Dungey says that the move will allow SHIELD to do some potentially darker things.
- Sticking with Marvel, ABC "are in extensive conversations with Marvel. We're very excited about a few things we have in development." There is "nothing definitive as yet," however.
- ABC are redeveloping pilots The Jury and Pearl, but have no plans at present to order any more pilots to series.
- Dungey says that ABC are "not doing as big a gap strategy as in the past" this year, which means that the break between episodes over Christmas won't be as long as in recent years.

ABC UNVEILS 2016-17 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

New Series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” ”Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed,” and “Time After Time” Will Join the Lineup

Fan Favorites “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing” and “The Real O’Neals” to Return, Along With Emmy-Nominated Limited Series “American Crime”

“When We Rise” Slated for 2016-17 Season as Limited Series Event

Specials “Dirty Dancing,” “Ali: The Champion” (wt) and an All-New David Blaine Special, Also Announced

Shows Join Previously Announced “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20”

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2016-17 slate of programming, including the addition of nine new series. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, in New York City.

“Our new shows reflect the inclusive and empowering storytelling that defines the ABC brand. We will continue to raise the bar for our audience, investing in great storytellers and reflecting the authentic faces and voices of the world around us,” said Dungey.

Ranking No. 1 during the 2015-16 season in Nielsen’s non-sports Adult 18-49 averages (tie), ABC delivered 7 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV, placing 4 of the Top 10 with 3 of the Top 5 dramas: “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 4, “How to Get Away with Murder” – No. 6, “Modern Family” and “Scandal” tie at No. 7, “The Bachelor” – No. 12, while “Quantico” and “The Goldbergs” tie at No. 19. In addition, ABC dominated among upscale viewers with a network-leading 8 of the season’s Top 20 highest-rated broadcast entertainment series among Adults 18-49 in Homes earning $100k+ Annual Income, landing 5 of the Top 10.

New series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed” and “Time After Time” will join lineup.

Fan favorites “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing” and “The Real O’Neals” will also return to the schedule, joining previously announced “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20.”

Ten-time Emmy-nominated limited series “American Crime,” created and executive produced by Oscar®-winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), returns. Additionally, “When We Rise,” created by Oscar®-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” ”Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), will air as a limited series event during the year. “Dirty Dancing,” a three-hour filmed musical event; “Ali: The Champion”(wt), a special honoring boxing legend Mohammed Ali; and an all-new special from David Blaine following his critically acclaimed ratings smash “David Blaine: Real or Magic” were announced today.

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the 2016-17 season.

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold:

DAY TIME SERIES

MONDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m. “Conviction”

TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “The Middle” (new day/time)

8:30 p.m. “American Housewife”

9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time)

9:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (new time)

10:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (new time)

WEDNESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (new time)

8:30 p.m. “Speechless”

9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “black-ish”

10:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

THURSDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

9:00 p.m. “Notorious”

10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m. “Dr. Ken”

9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

SUNDAY: 7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”

9:00 p.m. “Secrets and Lies”

10:00 p.m. “Quantico”
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