After a 3-episode run on Monday nights, following a The Bachelorette lead in, Shondaland’s latest ABC effort, Still Star-Crossed is getting a time switch!
According to Deadline, on July 8, the show will carry on with its first season, airing on Saturdays instead of Mondays.
Ratings-wise, the series premiere was underwhelming, with a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and just 2.4 million viewers according to Nielsen — for a Memorial Day premiere. It hasn’t improved much since.
This move from Monday to Saturday might be the warning signal that the show won’t last past its freshman season.
Written by Heather Mitchell, and based on the book by Melinda Taub, Still Star-Crossed is set in 16th century Verona, picking up where Shakespeare’s original work ended. It chronicles the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
The story centers on Rosaline (Lashana Lynch), described as a beautiful, intelligent and headstrong Capulet and Juliet’s cousin. Following the death of her parents, Rosaline is taken in by her aunt and uncle, Juliet’s parents Lady and Lord Capulet, and forced to work as a servant. She does her best to tolerate her aunt’s cruelty, and focuses on finding a way to free herself of the humiliation. She is eventually ordered to marry Benvolio (male lead Wade Briggs), a Montague.