ABC midseason schedule finds Scandal, Quantico on the move

Scandal, ABC midseason
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The ABC midseason schedule looks to shake things up in the new year with several shows on the move come spring including Scandal and Quantico.

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During its presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the ABC midseason schedule was laid out for those in attendance and with it comes premiere dates for several of the network’s most anticipated new offerings as well as for returning favorites. When ABC’s midseason offerings arrive this spring, they’ll bring with them a wave of change to several nights of the week but it’s ABC’s plan for Thursday nights which is sure to get fans talking!

The fun begins Thursday March 22 when the yet-to-be-titled Grey’s Anatomy spinoff debuts with a 2-hour season premiere event leading out of a fresh new episode of the network’s flagship program. The following week, the Grey’s spinoff will settle into its regular 9 p.m. time slot which bumps Scandal to 10 p.m. where it will remain throughout the remainder of its season. Once Scandal‘s farewell run comes to a close, Quantico will inherit the 10 p.m. time slot beginning on Thursday, April 26 with its Season 3 premiere.

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Kicking off ABC’s midseason schedule is the premiere of American Idol which begins its run on Sunday, March 11 and will lead into ABC’s newest drama Deception which kicks off its season on the same night as Idol. Speaking of American Idol, the show will  operate on a 2-night schedule as it moves to ABC with new episodes also slated for  Mondays from 8-10 p.m. where Idol will lead into the remainder of The Good Doctor‘s first season before serving as the lead-in to The Crossing beginning on April 2.

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When Idol wraps its run, the All-Athletes Edition of Dancing with the Stars will settle back into Monday nights beginning on April 30.

Also on tap for midseason are For The People (Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m.), Roseanne (Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m.), Splitting Up Together (Tuesday, March, 27 at 9:30 p.m.) and Alex, Inc. (Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m.). It’s also worth noting that The Middle will be on the move to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday beginning on April 3.