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ABC Announces Midseason Primetime Line-Up

Six New Series (4 Comedies and 2 Sitcoms), Plus the Revivals of 'American Idol' and 'Roseanne'

ABC will introduce six new series (dramas “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “For the People” and the untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off; and comedies “Alex. Inc.” and “Splitting Up Together;” plus the revivals of “American Idol” and “Roseanne” in midseason. Drama “Quantico” will also be returning for a new season, and the changes will impact four nights of the week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off joins the TGIT lineup with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET before assuming its regular Thursday 9 p.m. hour. The final four episodes of “Scandal” will air at 10 p.m., Thursdays, beginning March 29. The series finale is slated for April 19.

As previously announced, “Roseanne” kicks off with a one-hour premiere on Tuesday, March 27 from 8-9 p.m. Its regular timeslot will be Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning April 3 (followed by relocated “The Middle”).
The season finale episodes of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” will air March 20 and March 21, respectively.

Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times listed are ET):

Sunday, March 11
8:00-10:00 p.m. “American Idol”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Deception”

Monday, March 12
8:00-10:00 p.m. “American Idol”

Tuesday, March 13
10:00-11:00 p.m. “For The People”

Thursday, March 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off (two-hour premiere)

Tuesday, March 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Roseanne” (one-hour premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. “Splitting Up Together”

Wednesday, March 28
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Alex, Inc.”

Thursday, March 29
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off (time-period premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Scandal” (new time)

Monday, April 2
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Crossing”

Tuesday, April 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. “Roseanne” (time-period premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “The Middle” (new time)

Thursday, April 26
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Quantico” (season 3 premiere)

Monday, April 30
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” All-Athletes Edition

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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