Even though we’ve still got almost two months before ABC rolls out its new primetime lineup for fall, the network is already thinking ahead to winter and spring. At Sunday’s TCA panel, network president Paul Lee presented reporters with their 2014 plans.
Keeping true to what Lee had first mentioned during ABC’s Upfront presentation this past May, the network is looking to eliminate as many reruns and interruptions as they can for their popular, heavily serialized dramas. “Scandal”, “Revenge”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Nashville” will all go on mini-hiatus after winter break and return for the second parts of their seasons in late February and early March.
Meanwhile, new drama “Betrayal” has been billed as a limited series, which will air for 13-weeks. Midseason drama “Resurrection” has also been tapped for a limited run and will slide into “Betrayal’s” time slot in the spring.
The critically acclaimed comedy “Suburgatory” remains missing from the schedule, but Lee insists the network has a premiere date in mind, but he’s not ready to release it just yet. For the winter premieres and returns, please see the schedule below.
Thursday, Jan. 2
8 p.m. “The Quest” (series premiere)
Wednesday, Feb. 26
10 p.m. “Nashville” (spring return)
Thursday, Feb. 27
9 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (spring return)
10 p.m. “Scandal” (spring return)
Sunday, March 9
8 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (spring return)
9 p.m. “Revenge” (spring return)
10 p.m. “Resurrection” (series premiere)
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