ABC Lineup Shuffle Coming This Fall
ABC comedies have been a whirlwind of drama this year. Maybe more than the actual dramas on ABC. With the shakeup of the Friday night lineup this past season, as Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken are both axed (both ruled their time slot nearly the entire time they were on the air) and then replacing them with a show that had a somewhat steady, yet declining Sunday night following (Once Upon A Time) that is traditionally watched by a viewership of 15-25 year old females who have better things to do on a Friday night, one wonders what ABC’s ultimate goal is. If it’s to bring us the new incarnation of “American Idol,” they’ve made a mistake in which most of us are going to be very disappointed.
There’s some long standing shows that are being rotated, jumbled and juggled yet again. The Tuesday and Wednesday primetime lineup seems to be constantly shuffled, though we’re finally seeing where everything lands. For now.
On Tuesday, “The Middle” is back for another season at 8:00 p.m., followed by “Fresh Off the Boat at yet another new time, 8:30 p.m., following last year’s shuffle. “black-ish,” which was on Wednesday in a very successful follow-up to “Modern Family” last season, is moved to 9:00 p.m. this season, to lead into the new 9:30 p.m. comedy, “The Mayor. 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday is now filled with a show that was originally titled “The Gospel of Kevin,” but was wisely changed to “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” seeing as how the 48 states between New York and California are just about fed up with subtle jabs from the entertainment industries over religion and politics. ABC will do well to keep the Kevin scripts viewer friendly.
On Wednesday, the most consistently well-written series on television, “The Goldbergs,” continues to be the engine that keeps ABC’s comedies afloat. As a side note, the mere fact that there’s not been a single Emmy nomination for this show is disgraceful. I’m convinced that the Emmy’s have lost any sense of responsibility and accountability to the audience they are supposed to represent.
Following “The Goldbergs” is a show that I’m sure many people find appealing, but I continue to be left out of the joke, “Speechless.” It keeps its 8:30 p.m. time slot. Perhaps the funniest new show in the past few years is “American Housewife.” It was the glue for ABC’s Tuesday night lineup last year and kept me from channel flipping during the two-hour comedy block. Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader are a perfect comedy couple. Not enough can be said about their dialogue. Katy is a comedic treasure on the show and the kids are likable and funny. Look for Julia Butters (Anna-Kat) to be a breakout star this year as the youngest member of the Otto family.
For whatever reason, “Designated Survivor” is back at 10:00 p.m., since the show really kept my interest for all of an episode last year.
Until September, I suppose we’ll at least have “The Gong Show” and “Battle of the Network Stars” to keep us tuned in. BOTNS is really well done. Staying true to the traditional guilty pleasure of a few generations ago, the teams fight hard and the show keeps the audience engaged. “The Gong Show” is more of a chance to zone out and laugh without having to think, which is nice from time to time, particularly on these hot summer nights.