Lots of interesting stuff in the ABC/Fox midseason schedule announcements this week. Here are a few thoughts on some of the big moves:
Mixology to Wednesday 9:30. - Like all the other hangout comedies to get this timeslot, it will probably not work. Unfortunately, I kind of saw this coming when ABC handed only a small episode extension to Super Fun Night. There's really no good place to put Mixology, but the only other idea that seemed even remotely sensible was a SFN/Mixology block sent somewhere separate in the spring (maybe even the Wednesday 10/9c hour). But with less than a full season, SFN wasn't going to have enough eps to make that happen. I'm not exactly clear on Mixology's episode order, but regardless, a late February premiere means I wouldn't yet give up on it getting cleared out by the very end of the season so
something else could get a whirl there.
Killer Women and Mind Games to Tuesday 10/9c. - I floated earlier this week that ABC putting midseason dramas in this seemingly very perilous slot might mean ABC is planning to introduce something a little... sturdier at 9:00, like a return to the Dancing with the Stars results show. Though The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife have full seasons, ABC could run through them quickly and/or try them out somewhere else late in the spring, as NBC did with Go On and The New Normal last year. I'm not sold that it's necessarily a great idea... but lighting two dramas on fire with a Trophy Wife lead-in seems odd, even for ABC. Even if Mixology completely bombs, one would think something like the Wednesday 10/9c slot would provide more support than Trophy Wife. But ABC has instead pledged to go wire-to-wire there with Nashville.
The Following Goes Post-NFC Championship. - Fox previously pegged newbie Rake as the "mini-Super Bowl" lead-out but will now go with somewhat more proven commodity The Following. Now Rake will have to hope for the best from its regular American Idol lead-in.
No Monday/Friday changes for now. - Ideally, Fox could've waited on all this for a couple more weeks to see what happens with Almost Human on Monday and whether the Friday lineup can come back a bit from its disappointing start. Instead, they announced nothing on those nights. Two issues stand out here. 1) Did Almost Human start early enough that it can get an extension beyond the initial order? If not, or if Human tanks terribly in the coming weeks, that slot's gonna open up... likely for a Bones return. And 2) I thought one thing that might come out of the Friday numbers was that Fox might try to do a little better by Enlisted, which is currently slated to premiere out of a show that got a 0.8/0.7 last week. Not only did they not announce a change on that front, but the closing of the second Tuesday comedy hour severely limits the possibilities. With the current setup, Fox is essentially throwing away both Enlisted and the already effectively cancelled Us & Them.