Once Upon a Time fans will need to rearrange their schedules this fall.
On Tuesday (May 16), ABC announced that when Once Upon a Time returns for season 7, it will moving from its usual Sunday night spot to Fridays at 8 p.m. OUAT will initially be paired with the freshman drama, Marvel’s Inhumans. However, once Inhumans wraps up (the series will only run for eight episodes), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (which currently airs on Tuesdays) will takeover the Friday evening 9 p.m. time slot. So what gives with all the shifts?
“We’ve turned Friday into more of a destination for our fantasy and science fiction fans,” ABC Chief Channing Dungey told reporters Tuesday morning, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Once Upon a Time and S.H.I.E.L.D. are airing on the same night for the first time, which is giving many fans of both shows what they’ve been asking for for a long time.”
As previously reported, Once Upon a Time’s new Friday night home is just one of many changes ahead for the series — which bid farewell to a number of key cast members with its sixth season finale, and will be rebooting ahead of its fall debut with a new (well, technically old) character taking center stage. According to Dungey, there’s crossover between O.U.A.T and S.H.I.E.L.D fans, which is why the series are being paired together.
“When we were looking at the schedule, it’s interesting how much pressure we’ve had from fans to put those shows closer together on the schedule for quite some time,” Dungey continued. “We like the idea of Fridays being a destination. Once Upon a Time has done a wonderful job on Sundays of keeping the lights on against football, but we’re looking to see how it will perform when it’s away from football for awhile.”
(H/T Entertainment Weekly)
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