The fall 2017 schedules have been announced for most networks now. The CW’s schedule is expected on Thursday, May 18 ahead of its Supernatural Season 12 two-hour premiere. Here are the most notable changes to the networks’ lineups.
Once Upon a Time fans aren’t happy. The most notable change for them was their show moving from a semi-safe Sunday night to the Friday night deathslot. While there have been shows that survived this slot (like Supernatural a few years ago), others have crashed and burned. OUaT Season 7 was already a shock renewal, especially when Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, and other main cast members announced their departure. Now it looks like ABC is just keeping it for pity’s sake.
ABC also surprised fans on Monday with the announcement that Quantico Season 3 would happen. Entertainment Weekly shared that the Quantico renewal came with some bad news: a shortened season and loss of showrunner. Now ABC confirms that it won’t be a fall show anymore. The poor ratings from this year have forced the show into a midseason slot.
Another notable missing show from the ABC fall 2017 schedule was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Admittedly, this was another shock renewal, but it is switching to a midseason lineup.
ABC wasn’t the only network with some notable changes to its lineup. CBS confirmed that Criminal Minds was getting a change of timeslot. Fans aren’t happy with the news and are threatening to boycott it. However, Season 13 will likely see many fans tuning in as the season finale finished on a major cliffhanger putting the majority of the BAU at risk of death.
As happened this year, The Big Bang Theory is temporarily moving to Monday nights. This is only during Thursday night football season, and it will then move back to its usual spot. CBS also confirms that the spinoff Young Sheldon will run in the half-hour slot after its parent show, starting on Mondays and then moving to Thursdays when Thursday night football is over.
NCIS: Los Angeles and Madam Secretary are also getting a timeslot change. They’re moving back an hour on Sundays.
For NBC, both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. are keeping their Tuesday and Wednesday night slots respectively. Chicago Med is being moved to a midseason premiere, with the fate of Chicago Justice still in the air. What’s taking Med’s play on Thursdays? This Is Us is moving to the 9 p.m. slot, so NBC can go up against ABC’s powerhouse TGIT lineup.
Thursdays will kick off with the Will and Grace revival, and Law & Order True Crime will premiere in the 10 p.m. slot. That means The Blacklist is moving. Despite lower than expected ratings for Season 4, NBC isn’t moving it to a deathslot. The show is moving to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to lead into Law & Order: SVU and then Chicago P.D.
As for FOX, the most notable changes are to Gotham, Empire, and Lethal Weapon. Gotham is getting a night change to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. It looks like a lot of networks are looking to compete with Grey’s Anatomy and co. from ABC.
Lethal Weapon is also moving to a new night. It will kick off Tuesdays, leading into The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Meanwhile, Empire gets a timeslot change, moving to an earlier time of 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
FOX also confirmed a new superhero show. The Gifted will come to the network on Mondays at 9 p.m., following from Lucifer, which gets a timeslot change.
The CW is still to announce its fall 2017 schedule. Chances are most of the shows will remain in their same time slots. The news is expected on Thursday.
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