ABC has firmed up its midseason scheduling plans, slotting premiere dates for returnees “The Bachelor” and “Suburgatory” as well as five new series. The net has also opted to push back until summer the debut of reality series “The Quest,” and is moving “Revenge” an hour later on Sundays.
The net’s aggressive slate of winter premieres is designed to reduce the number of repeats of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” which will take most of January and February off.
First up among the premiering shows on ABC’s midseason schedule will be cooking reality show “The Taste,” which returns for a second season despite a modestly rated inaugural season. It will bow Thursday, Jan. 2. and air from 8 to 10. “Quest” had been penciled in to air at 8 p.m. on the night but is now being held for summer.
Following “The Taste” on Thursday will be new limited series “The Assets,” based on the real-life 1980s events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). Paul Rhys also stars for the project, which is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.
“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” are scheduled to return to Thursdays on Feb. 27.
“The Bachelor” kicks off its 18th edition on Monday, Jan. 6, and will again air from 8 to 10 p.m. while “Dancing With the Stars” rests.
The next night, Texas Rangers drama “Killer Women” slides into the 10 p.m. slot. The limited series stars Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer) as one of the first women to join the elite group of law enforcement agents.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 will see the return of comedy “Suburgatory,” which will take over the 8:30 p.m. slot held this fall by “Back in the Game,” which is ending its run after its initial 13-episode order. New comedy “Mixology” slides into the 9:30 p.m. time period on Feb. 26, behind “Modern Family” and taking over for “Super Fun Night.”
“Mixology” tells the story of ten single people over the course of one night in a high-end Manhattan bar.
On Sunday, March 9, new drama series “Resurrection,” originally skedded to air at 10 p.m., will premiere at 9 p.m., and will regularly precede “Revenge,” which is shifting to 10. “Once Upon a Time” is also set to return to the Sunday schedule on this night.
“Resurrection” follows the people of Arcadia, Missouri as they are forever changed when their deceased loves ones suddenly start to reappear.
And on Tuesday, March 11, Christian Slater-Steve Zahn drama “Mind Games” will take over the 10 p.m. timeslot after “Killer Women” ends its eight-week run.