During the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, ABC announced its midseason schedule, revealing the premiere dates for its Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff and the legal drama, For The People — both from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.
The untitled Grey’s spinoff will kick things off with a 2-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The next week, it settles into its 9:00 p.m. time slot, with Scandal shifting to 10:00-11:00 p.m. taking the place of How to Get Away with Murder when it wraps up.
For the People will air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. beginning March 13.
Meanwhile, the Scandal finale date is set for April 19.
The latest series from the executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder follows a group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 – from captain to newest recruit – as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women are like family, literally and figuratively, and together they put their own lives in jeopardy as first responders to save the lives of others. The series stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. “The Mother Court”), the new Shondaland series, For The People follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.
Best friends Sandra Bell (Britt Robertson) and Allison Adams (Jasmin Savoy Brown) serve as public defenders alongside Jay Simmons (Wesam Keesh) and their boss, Federal Public Defender Jill Carlan (Hope Davis). They face off against prosecutors Seth Oliver (Ben Rappaport), Leonard Knox (Regé-Jean Page), Kate Littlejohn (Susannah Flood) and their supervisor, chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roger Gunn (Ben Shenkman). Our lawyers are joined by Judge Nicholas Byrne (Vondie Curtis-Hall), who rules on some of the court’s most controversial cases, and Tina Krissman (Anna Deavere Smith), the formidable clerk of Court who keeps everyone in line.
These young lawyers will be put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of America’s most prestigious trial court.
Here are the premiere dates in full:
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 People”
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