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ABC Announces Fall 2016 Schedule: New Time for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Scandal’ Held for Midseason

ABC has announced its schedule for Fall 2016, and we’ve got some pretty big surprises in the lineup.

First off, legal dramas are the order of the day among new shows debuting this fall, as Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata star in Notorious, a drama inspired by attorney Mark Geragos & producer Wendy Walker, while Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell stars in Conviction, a series centering on New York’s Conviction Integrity Unit. Meanwhile, Kiefer Sutherland will star in Designated Survivor, a political drama centering on the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who is sworn in as President after he is designated the sole survivor of an attack that claims the lives of the President and his Cabinet.

To accommodate these new series, the network is looking to make some major changes in the usual lineup. For example, new seasons of Scandal and The Catch are being held for midseason, while The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, The Goldbergs and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are moving to new timeslots. In the latter case, at least, ABC sees this as an opportunity to allow Marvel to tell darker, more mature stories, since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will now be on at a later time. I suppose time will tell if Marvel is able to deliver in the Tuesday 10 pm slot, which hasn’t been great for the network in the past.

But what can we expect this fall? Check out the full schedule below (CAPS denote new shows):

ABC Announces Fall 2016 Schedule New Time for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'Scandal' Held for Midseason

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MONDAY
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm CONVICTION

TUESDAY
8 pm The Middle (new timeslot)
8:30 pm AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE
9 pm Fresh Off the Boat (new timeslot)
9:30 pm The Real O’Neals (new timeslot)
10 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (new timeslot)

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Goldbergs (new timeslot)
8:30 pm SPEECHLESS
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm black-ish
10 pm DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

THURSDAY
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm NOTORIOUS
10 pm How to Get Away With Murder

FRIDAY
8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm Dr. Ken
9 pm Shark Tank
10 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm Once Upon a Time
9 pm Secrets and Lies (new timeslot)
10 pm Quantico

CANCELED: Castle, The Family, Nashville, The Muppets, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Rookie Blue, Galavant, Of Kings and Prophets, The Whispers, The Astronaut Wives Club, Wicked City, and Blood & Oil.

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