ABC Relying on Crime in Line-up to Win Over Viewers Next Fall
Powerhouse producer Shonda Rimes is taking over Thursday nights on ABC this fall. The producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Rimes has been integral to the network. Her hit show Scandal has a new time, and hype has been building around new show How to Get Away with Murder, a legal thriller starring Viola Davis. There are 12 new series coming to ABC and the lineup is very crime drama heavy. (The network ranks third in viewership this season behind CBS and NBC, but is fourth among the integral 18 to 49-year-old demographic.)
Grey’s Anatomy will move to 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by Scandal at 9 and How to Get Away from Murder to close. Scandal, which stars Kerry Washington as a “fixer” for politicians in Washington, DC, was nominated for two Emmys last year, with Dan Bucatinsky winning for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. The 2013-14 season was cut short due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, which was not written into the show.
Monday nights include Dancing With the Stars and the Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic starring drama Castle, entering its 7th season.
Tuesdays feature the new show Selfies, with a first trailer called “a hot mess” by The Verge. “Selfies looks like what happens when really smart people do really stupid things on camera.” Manhattan Love Story, another new show, comes next; the show seems like Woody Allen-lite, highlighting the discrepancies between what people say and what they think on dates. The third new show on Tuesday is Forever, which depicts an immortal doctor. Judd Hirsch has a supporting role, and Judd Hirsch is always a delight. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the middle in an effort to draw viewers to the new shows that precede and succeed it.
Wednesdays only have one new show, Black-ish, a very promising sitcom starring Anthony Anderson that brings some diversity to a very white genre. The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and Nashville round out the rest of the night.
Thursday, aka Rimes time, has Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Awak With Murder. Friday nights have Last Man Standing, Shark Tank, and the new Cristela, which brings some Latino humor to the lineup. Cristela Alonzo plays a smart, ambitious young woman who lives with her family. If that doesn’t sound super exciting, well, that’s because the trailer isn’t very exciting. Finally, 20/20 closes out the night.
Saturdays are football, of course, and Sunday features established shows America’s Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, and Revenge, which make for a really interesting and kind of sinister amalgam of titles.
Midseason shows include Fresh Off the Boat, a show set in the ’90s for reasons that remain unclear. It’s written by Nahnatchka Khan, so it may be surprisingly brilliant. Galavant, is next, which can’t be explained with words. American Crime starring Felicity Huffman could be described as a TV version of Crash if there wasn’t already a TV version of Crash. Astronauts Wives Club, which sounds awful (as are most things that have titles ending with ‘Wives.’) Secrets and Lies, an event show starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, is next. Then, of course, Agent Carter.