The Television Critics Association 2018 press tour continued today with ABC! Here’s a roundup on all the news about the mid-season premiere dates, the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, the future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, and OUAT!
ABC announced their midseason premiere dates today for their new dramas The Crossing, Deception, For The People, and the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff. As well as their new comedies Alex, Inc. and Splitting Up Together.
It was also revealed that American Idol will be airing on Sundays and Mondays, starting on March 11.
Plus return dates were set for Dancing with the Stars All-Athletes Edition and the return of Quantico.
Check out the midseason premiere dates below:
Sunday, March 11
8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol
10:00-11:00 p.m. Deception
Monday, March 12
8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol
Tuesday, March 13
10:00-11:00 p.m. For The People
Thursday, March 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy spinoff (two-hour premiere)
Tuesday, March 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. Roseanne (one-hour premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. Splitting Up Together
Wednesday, March 28
8:30-9:00 p.m. Alex, Inc.
Thursday, March 29
9:00-10:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy spinoff (time-period premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. Scandal (new time)
Monday, April 2
10:00-11:00 p.m. The Crossing
Tuesday, April 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. Roseanne (time-period premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Middle (new time)
Thursday, April 26
10:00-11:00 p.m. Quantico (Season 3 premiere)
Monday, April 30
8:00-10:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars All-Athletes Edition
‘The Gong Show’ season 2:
ABC also announced that they’ve renewed their summer series The Gong Show for a second season. Star Mike Myers also came out and finally confirmed that he is actually the show’s host — British comedic legend Tommy Maitland.
“Being the host of The Gong Show is a blast! Pure fun,” said Myers. “It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him.”
The Gong Show season 2 will start production later this year and the premiere date will be announced at a later date.
Shonda Rhimes future with ABC:
Over the summer it was announced that Shonda Rhimes had inked an overall deal with Netflix, much to the surprise of her fans that were used to seeing her working with ABC. However, ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey assured the press that her relationship with Shonda is still strong and the network is excited about the shows they’re currently working on with Shondaland.
“We had known for a while that Shonda was interested in stretching different sets of creative muscles, and we think we all know that there are different challenges and opportunities in broadcast and different challenges and opportunities in streaming. I wish her all the best as she tries to explore those new options,” Dungey explained to Entertainment Weekly.
She did note, however, that she’s not sure exactly what would happen if ABC decided it would like another spinoff of one of the Shondaland shows, like the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff premiering this spring. Dungey said, “We haven’t had any of those conversations yet, but what I do know is that we have her services on Grey’s, the spinoff and the rest of these shows until they finish their runs.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spinoff:
Yes, that’s right. This show still doesn’t have an official name. According to TV Line, Channing Dungey said that the main reason they’re having a hard time picking a name would be thanks to NBC’s Chicago Fire. Seattle Fire would be an obvious choice for the spinoff but that’s out of the question.
Instead Dungey says, “We have a few final ideas that we are rolling around.” But according to her it should just be a few more weeks before the decision is made. Which is good news since the series premieres on Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET!
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Inhumans’:
Channing Dungey also discussed the fate of their Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans. There was some hopeful comments about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which Dungey told Entertainment Weekly that, “this season, I honestly think, has been the strongest its ever been. We’ve been really excited about what the producers have been talking about for the second half of the season.”
But they’re still waiting to hear from the producers about the season 6 plans before making the decision to renew the series.
When speaking of Inhumans, the comments from Dungey were less hopeful. She stated that, “We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many given the less than warm welcome the show received from many Marvel fans. For those that do want to see a second season, they’ll have to wait some more for an official decision.
‘Once Upon A Time’:
Similarly, ABC doesn’t have an answer on what’s going to happen with Once Upon A Time. Though the show’s live viewers has gone down, it’s overall audience seems to be steady for now. Dungey explained, “The actual fanbase really hasn’t shifted very much.”
However, that doesn’t mean that it will automatically get another season. First, they want to see where the show plans on heading creatively in the future. “Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] are going to be coming in shortly to talk with us about what they would want to be doing if they had another season, so I can’t really say until we’ve had that conversation,” Dungey said.