In a bid to compete with cable shows that have shorter runs each season compared with the networks, ABC is planning on splitting up a handful of their own shows into two batches, the first to air in the fall and the second in the spring. This was announced during the Upfront presentations in May
, with the goal of not having repeats spread randomly throughout the season and instead airing each batch in uninterrupted installments.
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The shows taking part in this split season strategy are Grey's Anatomy
, Once Upon a Time
ABC has now announced when those split season shows will return in 2014, along with premiere dates for The Quest
. Both are only expected to air a limited number of episodes, with The Quest
taking over One Upon a Time in Wonderland
's timeslot after the fantasy drama spin-off ends its first season, and Resurrection
taking over the Sunday at 10pm timeslot from Betrayal
, which debuts in the fall.
Take a look at ABC's midseason return dates and find out when these two new dramas are set to debut:Thursday, January 2, 2014
8-10pm: The Quest
(NEW)Wednesday, February 26
10-11pm: NashvilleThursday, February 27
9-10pm: Grey's Anatomy
10-11pm: ScandalSunday, March 9
8-9pm: Once Upon a Time
ABC will announce winter premiere dates for their other shows at a later time.
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