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The holidays may now be in our rear-view mirrors, but there's plenty to look forward to within the next few months. Television is about to get kicked into high-gear once more, which means it's time for us to start filling out our calendars. To help accommodate that, ABC has officially released premiere dates for Grey's Anatomy's firefighting spinoff, other highly-anticipated newcomers, and some of its most popular returning shows. The full ABC midseason schedule reads:
SUNDAY, MARCH 11
8:00-10:00 p.m. ET - 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. Untitled 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
Right off the bat, two of the first shows that pop out on this midseason schedule are the Grey's Anatomy spinoff and the upcoming Shondaland series For the People. For the Grey's spinoff, the firefighter-centric offshoot of the hit medical drama is set for a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22, and will go into its regular, one-hour time slot the following week. Meanwhile, For the People (which is looking at a Tuesday, March 13 premiere) is set against the backdrop of the New York courts system and follows a group of young lawyers as they navigate the cutthroat legal world.
The Grey's Anatomy spinoff and For The People aren't the only new shows set to debut in the midseason on ABC. On the drama side of things, ABC will introduce audiences to the time-travel sci-fi series The Crossing as well as Deception, which centers on a magician-turned-FBI agent. As for comedies, we can expect the premieres of Alex, Inc. (a Zach Braff-fronted spoof of start-up culture) and Splitting Up Together -- which, as the name suggests, centers on a couple (Jenna Fisher and Oliver Hudson) that rediscovers the passion in their marriage in the midst of a divorce.
Of course, if nostalgia is something that you place a premium on, then ABC will accommodate you this season as well. Specifically, we can look forward to the revival of Roseanne (which will bring John Goodman's Dan Conner back from the dead). American Idol will also be back, now judged by Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.
We cannot forget ABC's other returning series. Specifically, we still have the midseason premieres of FBI thriller series Quantico, single-camera sitcom The Middle, and Shondaland mainstay Scandal (which is ending its run on April 19) set for the next few months. In the realm of reality-oriented television, Dancing with the Stars is set to lead us into the summer at the end of April with its "All-Athletes Edition."
Make sure to stay tuned for more information related to all of ABC's biggest midseason shows as new details become available. Looking beyond the network as the new schedule kicks into high-gear, you can also make sure to check out CinemaBlend's midseason premiere guide and listen to the most recent episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast to hear what we have to say about anything and everything in the realm of streaming content.