It’s Disney day at the Television Critics Association press tour taking place in Los Angeles, and the network has released it’s midseason schedule.
Beginning Sunday March 11, American Idol drops onto the ABC schedule and will air Sundays AND Mondays for 7 weeks. That means, on Mondays, the two singing shows will air head to head. That’s not going to be pretty. And considering Idol lost that particular rating race years ago, I can’t imagine the result is going to be any different this time around. The Voice is set to premier on Monday February 26.
Dancing with the Stars All Athletes Edition picks up Mondays on April 30 and will run an abbreviated season–two hours for four weeks.
Another question I hope ABC executives will answer today. How long will the American Idol season be? Surely the season will be longer than seven weeks. ETA: After DWTS premiers on April 30, American Idol will air on Sundays only for the rest of the season.
Obviously, I’ll be looking for a reporter to recap The Voice this season…
ABC UNVEILS MIDSEASON SCHEDULE
- ‘American Idol’ to Air Sundays and Mondays, Starting March 11
- ‘Dancing with the Stars’ All-Athletes Edition and ‘Quantico’ Season 3 Dates Set
American Idol will air Sundays and Mondays, beginning March 11. Dates have also been set for the premiere of Dancing with the Stars All-Athletes Edition.
Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):
SUNDAY, MARCH 11
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. 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 Peopl
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
- 9:00-11:00 p.m. 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
The iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre returns to airwaves at its new home on ABC. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series.
American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
Dancing with the Stars All-Athletes Edition
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show’s professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of “Dancing with the Stars” will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes.