ABC had a big 2014-2015 season with more true new successes (How to Get Away With Murder) and fresh groundbreaking series (Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat) than any other network. So it's no surprise it will be duplicating what worked last season.
Its Mondays (Dancing With the Stars followed by Castle), Wednesdays (returning comedies, plus Nashville), and Thursdays (all ShondaLand, all the time) remain intact. Ken Jeong's new comedy Dr. Ken will take Cristela's place on Friday nights, and Sundays add two new dramas, Oil and Of Prophets and Kings.
The biggest change comes on Tuesdays, with the network putting a lot of stock in The Muppets, which will kick off the night. "It's more Muppets as The Office, Modern Family, 30 Rock," Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, said in a conference call with press on Tuesday morning of the "grown-up" series. "It's going to feel very different."
That will serve as a lead-in for Fresh Off the Boat, which may or may not be narrated by Eddie Huang, whose book serves as the basis for the show, as he has vocally distanced himself from the series as the first season has gone on. When asked if Huang would still serve as a narrator for the series, Lee replied that they're working out the narration. "We love Eddie … that's what inspired the whole show," he said. After Fresh Off the Boat comes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "We think S.H.I.E.L.D. really hit its creative stride this year," Lee said when asked about the show's spin-off that wasn't picked up. "We love those characters... There's a possibility of a spin-off, but we thought it was best to leave them on S.H.I.E.L.D. at this time."
Tuesday night will close with a new series, Quantico, which stars Bollywood megastar Priyanka Chopra. That casting, as well as ABC's Uncle Buck remake with an all-black cast, proves that the network is still devoted to racial diversity. But the all-white casts of Oil, The Real O'Neals, and The Family are a bit of a disappointment in that regard.
ShondaLand's newest offering, The Catch, has a more diverse cast and will head to ABC midseason because TGIT can only contain three series. Lee said it will air in the gap between the midseason finale and midseason premiere of How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.
As for the other unscheduled shows, Lee said after The Muppets ends its run on Tuesdays, Fresh Off the Boat will move to 8 p.m. and The Real O'Neals, which he called "the perfect ABC comedy" (even though the plot sounds just like CBS's last-season effort, the now-canceled McCarthys), will follow at 8:30 p.m; Agent Carter will air on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in the gap between the midseason finale and midseason premiere of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Wicked City, which is inspired by a real story, according to Lee, will air in the Quantico gap at 10 p.m on Tuesdays; Secrets & Lies, which aired its first season on Sundays, will air in Nashville's gap on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.; Uncle Buck will air in Dr. Ken's 8:30 p.m. slot on Fridays; Galavant's second season will air in Once Upon a Time's 8 p.m. slot on Sundays; and when Of Kings and Prophets finishes its run on Sundays at 10 p.m., the new drama The Family will jump in.
A couple other notable details:
—Lee also said that these will not be the final seasons of Grey's Anatomy or Castle. "I'd like to see them run for many, many years to come," he said.
—The second season of American Crime will be a reset for the John Ridley series. Some of the actors will come back and play different roles in an entirely new plot, according to Lee. "John's actually mapped out very specific roles for them, which is perfect because they're not playing the same roles at all," he said.
The full schedule is at the bottom of the story, and the new shows are now arranged in night-of-the-week order.
The Muppets (Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 22
Wicked City (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.)
Premieres Oct. 27
Dr. Ken (Fridays at 8:30 p.m.)
Premieres Oct. 2
Blood & Oil (Sundays at 9 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 27
Quantico (Sundays at 10 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 27
Of Kings and Prophets (TBD)
Uncle Buck (Midseason TBD)
The Catch (Midseason TBD)
The Family (Midseason TBD)
The Real O'Neals (Midseason TBD)
Dancing with the Stars 8 p.m.
Castle 10 p.m.
*The Muppets 8 p.m.
Fresh Off the Boat 8:30 p.m.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 9 p.m.
*Quantico 10 p.m.
The Middle 8 p.m.
The Goldbergs 8:30 p.m.
Modern Family 9 p.m.
Black-ish 9:30 p.m.
Nashville 10 p.m.
Grey's Anatomy 8 p.m.
Scandal 9 p.m.
How to Get Away With Murder 10 p.m.
Last Man Standing 8 p.m.
*Dr. Ken 8:30 p.m.
Shark Tank 9 p.m.
20/20 10 p.m.
Saturday Night Football 8 p.m.
America's Funniest Home Videos 7 p.m.
Once Upon a Time 8 p.m.
*Oil 9 p.m.
*Quantico 10 p.m.
Note: In mid-May every year, the five television broadcast networks — NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW — present their new shows and upcoming schedules to advertisers at events called "the upfronts." That's why you see an onslaught of new programming in May, as well as the cancellation of current shows. This post will be continually updated.