7:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Sets Midseason Schedule: 'Grey's' Spinoff Subs for 'Scandal,' 'Quantico' on Thursdays
Ahead of its time before the Television Critics Association, ABC on Monday firmed up its midseason schedule, setting premiere dates for its Grey's Anatomy spinoff, fellow Shondaland drama For the People, and comedies including Zach Braff's Alex, Inc.
The still untitled Grey's Anatomy spinoff, starring Jason George and Jaina Lee Ortiz, will join the Shonda Rhimes-branded Thank God Its Thursday block with a special two-hour premiere March 22 at 9 p.m., before moving to its regular slot Thursdays 9 to10 p.m. starting March 29, where it will bump the final four episodes of Scandal to 10 p.m. The Scandal series finale will air April 19. The abbreviated third season of Quantico will take over Thursdays at 10 p.m. once Scandal wraps its run, meaning ABC will end the season without a TGIT lineup.
Fellow Shondaland drama For the People, which underwent a number of recastings and reshoots, will take over the Tuesday at 10 p.m. slot currently occupied by freshman drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World starting March 13.The Jason Ritter show earned an additional three-episode order and will complete its run. ABC has yet to make a decision on the future of the drama.
The Disney-owned network will use the Academy Awards to launch American Idol on Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m., with Warner Bros. Television's Martin Gero and Greg Berlanti magic drama Deception scoring the post-Idol slot at 10 p.m. that same night. As speculated, Idol will air two nights a week, Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m., with the second of its two-night premiere March 12. As announced, Roseanne will launch with back-to-back half-hours Tuesday, March 27, with rookie comedy Splitting Up Together, starring Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson, airing at 9:30 p.m. Roseanne will move to its regular time slot April 3 at 8 p.m. followed by The Middle in its new home at 8:30 p.m. Braff comedy Alex, Inc. will launch Wednesday, March 28, at 8:30 p.m. The season finales of Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless will air March 20 and 21, respectively.
Steve Zahn drama The Crossing will take over for The Good Doctor on Monday at 10 p.m. starting April 2, while the all-athletes edition of Dancing With the Stars will bow Monday, April 30, at 8 p.m.