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Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Moving to Fridays

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Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Moving to Fridays

Announced Tuesday morning ahead of their upfront presentation, ABC has decided to move its genre programming to Friday nights this fall. That means Once Upon a Time (OUAT) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are moving from their respective prime Sunday and Tuesday spots to a night infamously known as the “death slot.” Marvel’s Inhumans is also taking up the Friday slot. You can check out their full line-up below.

OUAT will start its new night at 8 p.m. EST, followed by Marvel’s Inhumans, which was original set to premiere on September 26, 2017. Inhumans will run for eight episodes, and then Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will take over. Both OUAT and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are scheduled to run for 22 episodes next season.

“We’ve turned Friday into more of a destination for our fantasy and science fiction fans,” ABC Chief Channing Dungey told reporters Tuesday morning. “Once Upon a Time and S.H.I.E.L.D. are airing on the same night for the first time, which is giving many fans of both shows what they’ve been asking for for a long time.”

 This move comes in light of the huge shake-up that will be occurring in the next season of Once Upon a Time. Six of the show’s main cast members — Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Rebecca Mader, Emilie de Ravin, and Jared Gilmore — are existing the series. OUAT will jump ahead 10 years and focus on an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) and his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez). The only ones returning to the show are Regina (Lana Parrilla), Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), and Rumple (Robert Carlyle).

“When we were looking at the schedule, it’s interesting how much pressure we’ve had from fans to put those shows closer together on the schedule for quite some time,” Dungey continued. “We like the idea of Fridays being a destination. Once Upon a Time has done a wonderful job on Sundays of keeping the lights on against football, but we’re looking to see how it will perform when it’s away from football for awhile.”

OUAT and S.H.I.E.L.D. should have enough of a strong fan base to survive Friday nights. If NBC’s Grimm was able to do it for the majority of its run, so can they. But to have a brand new show like Inhumans premiere on a night known to collect fewer ratings than weeknights (besides Saturday)? Well, with DVR and online streaming so en vogue, hopefully it will be able to find its audience. And they already started the hype train with the release of its first two episodes on the IMAX, premiering September 1, 2017.

MONDAY:
8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m.       “The Good Doctor”

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m.         “The Middle”
8:30 p.m.         “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time period)
9:00 p.m.         “black-ish” (new day and time period)
9:30 p.m.         “The Mayor”
10:00 p.m.       “The Gospel of Kevin”

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m.         “The Goldbergs”
8:30 p.m.         “Speechless”
9:00 p.m.         “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m.         “American Housewife” (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m.       “Designated Survivor”

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

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time” (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m.         “Marvel’s Inhumans”
10:00 p.m.       “20/20”

SATURDAY:
8:00 p.m.         “Saturday Night Football”

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m.         “To Tell the Truth” (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank” (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m.       “Ten Days in the Valley”

Source: EW

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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