ABC Moves ‘Quantico’ To Monday, Leaving Sunday Wide Open

By November 29, 2016
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ABC wants to try a new timeslot for its FBI-based series Quantico. But it looks like it’s coming at the expense of a new series that’s currently on life support.

Quantico, starring Priyanka Chopra and Josh Hopkins, will move to Mondays at 10 beginning in January, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There it will replace Conviction, the series starring former Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell.

conviction-inset112916The move almost assures Conviction will not return for a second season. However, the writing already was on the wall. Just two weeks ago, ABC failed to order more episodes beyond the initial 13. Nowadays, that’s tantamount to a cancellation.

Quantico will debut in the new timeslot beginning Jan. 23, which should give Conviction enough time to burn off its remaining episodes before being sentenced to death.

The bigger question at the moment is what will take up Quantico‘s old slot on Sunday nights. The trade publication said that while ABC has not yet announced a successor, it has a full mid-season slate, so any number of shows can take up residence there.

Developed by former Gossip Girl executive producer Joshua Safran, Quantico focuses on Chopra’s FBI recruit Alex Parrish. It will now be paired up with ABC’s reality show The Bachelor.

Whatever show ends up in Quantico‘s old slot will initially serve as a lead-out to the revived game show To Tell the Truth. It’s expected by February, at the latest, to lead out ABC’s normal Sunday schedule of Once Upon a Time and Secrets and Lies.

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