10:46am PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Tweaks Fall Schedule, Moves 'Quantico' and Delays 'Of Kings and Prophets'
In the first of which will probably be at least a few tweaks to the broadcast network's fall lineup, ABC has decided to use Sunday as a launchpad for FBI drama Quantico.
The buzzy drama, starring international star Priyanka Chopra, moves into the 10 p.m. hour now that period piece Of Kings and Prophets is getting delayed. The latter, already undergoing casting changes, just recently saw the arrival of a showrunner in veteran executive producer Chris Brancato.
Kings and Prophets was an early favorite at the network. The biblical saga had already received an order for backup scripts in mid-April when the drama also added Brancato in advance of a straight-to-series, 15-episode order. Its new premiere and time slot plans, like the rest of ABC's midseason schedule, have yet to be finalized.
Quantico will now get a lead-in from (the recently renamed) Blood and Oil on Sunday night, easily the network's most tweaked-with for the fall season.
All of the moves mean that the Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot, most recently occupied by the now-canceled Forever, will be open. Don't expect that to last long. Ongoing upfront sales means that ABC will find a new series to plug into the hour, one that's been something of a musical chairs, in relatively short order.