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ABC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for Shonda Rhimes’ ‘The Catch,’ ‘Agent Carter,’ More

ABC will use the Oscars to promote four new series in early March, including the latest from Shonda Rhimes (“The Catch”) and the resurrection of a series that had originally been scheduled for fall, “Of Kings and Prophets,” the network announced Monday.

The Alphabet’s midseason schedule also features a flurry of premieres shortly after the start of the new year, taking advantage of the network’s highly rated New Year’s Eve programming. The second-season premiere of musical comedy “Galavant” is set for Sunday, Jan. 3, and will again be airing during the “Once Upon a Time” winter hiatus. It will be followed one night later by the 20th season of “The Bachelor” franchise.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” kicks off its second season on Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a two-hour premiere from 9 to 11 p.m., before assuming its regular 9 p.m. timeslot the following week. It’s unclear what will air behind “Carter” when it moves to 9.

As previously announced, the second season of “American Crime” bows on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and a pair of alternative series — newbie “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” and “Shark Tank” offshoot “Beyond the Tank” — premiere on Jan. 7. The reality shows will be filling in for current Thursday dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” which have their fall finales this week and will be off until February 11.

Also back in February, after taking January off, are Tuesday comedies “The Muppets” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” They return with new episodes on Feb. 2.

Following the network’s telecast of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, ABC will roll out new comedy “The Real O’Neals” on Wednesday, March 2. It will get a pair of sneak preview episodes following both “The Middle” and “Modern Family” in a scheduling move similar to how ABC launched “Fresh Off the Boat” earlier this year. “O’Neals” slides into its regular Tuesday 8:30 p.m. timeslot on March 8, airing behind “Fresh Off the Boat” at its new time.

Also getting a sneak preview is new drama “The Family,” which will air on Thursday, March 3 in the 9 p.m. timeslot while “Scandal” takes a week off. It will then move over to its regular Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot on March 6, where it will air between the midseason premieres of “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico.”

On March 8, the same night “The Real O’Neals” has its Tuesday premiere, ABC will bring back “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” from its winter hiatus. It will be followed at 10 p.m. by new drama “Of Kings and Prophets,” which had originally been scheduled for Sundays this fall before being removed from the schedule in the summer. ABC has had trouble finding a Tuesday-at-10 drama in recent years, and its latest entry, “Wicked City” lasted only three episodes.

“Nashville” returns from its winter break on Wednesday, March 16 — one week after “American Crime” ends its season. “How to Get Away With Murder” ends its season on Thursday, March 17, making way for new drama “The Catch,” executive produced by Rhimes and starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause, which debuts March 24.

Still unscheduled for ABC are the second season of “Secrets and Lies” and the new comedy “Uncle Buck.” The Alphabet had started airing promos for “Secrets” a couple of weeks ago, but those quickly vanished late last week.

Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times ET):

8:00-9:00 p.m.                    “Galavant” (Season 2 Premiere)

8:00-10:00 p.m.                                   “The Bachelor” (Season 20 Premiere)

9:00-11:00 p.m.                                   “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (Season 2 Premiere, 2 hours, regular time period 9-10 p.m.)

10:00 p.m.                            “American Crime” (Season 2 Premiere)

8:00-10:00 p.m.                                   “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (Series Premiere, 2 hours)
10:00 p.m.                             “Beyond The Tank” (Season Premiere)

8:00 p.m.                                “The Muppets” (New Episodes)
8:30 p.m.                                “Fresh Off the Boat” (New Episodes)

8:00 p.m.                                “Grey’s Anatomy” (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m.                                “Scandal” (New Episodes)
10:00 p.m.                             “How to Get Away with Murder” (New Episodes)

8:30 p.m.                                “The Real O’Neals” (Sneak Preview)
9:30 p.m.                                “The Real O’Neals” (Sneak Preview)

9:00 p.m.                                “The Family” (Sneak Preview)

8:00 p.m.                                “Once Upon a Time” (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m.                                “The Family” (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 p.m.                             “Quantico” (New Episodes)

8:00 p.m.                                “Fresh Off the Boat” (New Time Period)
8:30 p.m.                                “The Real O’Neals” (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 p.m.                                “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (Series Return, New Episodes)
10:00 p.m.                             “Of Kings & Prophets” (Series Premiere)

10:00 p.m.                             “American Crime” (Season Finale)

10:00 p.m.                             “Nashville” (Series Return, New Episodes)

10:00 p.m.                             “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season Finale)

10:00 p.m.                             “The Catch” (Series Premiere)


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