Once Upon a Time, Shark Tank and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans are going to have a harder time finding their shows as the new season begins, and it’s all because of American Idol.
Each of the shows is being displaced from its time slot after several years. Shark Tank is moving from Friday at 9 p.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m., with Season 9 premiering on Sunday night. Once Upon a Time, which aired for six seasons on Sundays at 8 p.m., is moving to Friday at 8 for its Season 7 debut next week. Then, after Marvel’s Inhumans finishes its eight-episode season later this fall in Shark Tank’s former time slot, it will pass the baton to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which had spent its first four seasons on Tuesdays.
“We started with Idol and backed into the rest of the schedule.”
-Andy Kubitz, evp, program planning and scheduling at ABC Entertainment
While the scheduling moves might be disruptive initially for viewers, ABC said it was more about shifting some of its chess pieces around ahead of the midseason arrival of its most-anticipated freshman series, a revival of American Idol. The network’s decision to revive the show, which ran for 15 seasons on Fox, was openly questioned by its broadcast rivals during May’s upfront events, although buyers are optimistic about its return.
“We started with Idol and backed into the rest of the schedule,” said Andy Kubitz, evp, program planning and scheduling at ABC Entertainment. And while ABC hasn’t yet officially announced exactly where the show will air on its schedule—“Idol could go many places,” Kubitz said—all signs point to a Sunday time slot.
Not only would Sundays keep Idol from competing with broadcast’s other singing competition series, The Voice, but it’s also one of ABC’s only nights that isn’t already claimed by a themed programming block. The network airs comedies on Tuesday and Wednesday, has Shonda Rhimes’ TGIT dramas on Thursday, and alternates between Dancing with the Stars and The…