If you love to watch ABC on Friday nights, then some of your favorite shows may be in danger. During the winter press tour for the Television Critics Association, ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey discussed the potential destinies of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Inhumans, and Once Upon a Time.
While Friday isn't the best place to try and build up an audience, all of these shows have struggled to gain a steady foothold there.
For the moment, it sounds like the constantly shifting denizens of Storybrooke are safe over at Once Upon a Time. Though the numbers don't appear to be great for Season 7 of the fairy-tale dramedy, Dungey says that those numbers "aren’t painting a full picture of the show’s loyal audience." According to her, the fan base “really hasn’t shifted very much. It’s more that they’ve been watching it more time-shifted since we’ve been on Friday." All of that is fine, but will the show be renewed? According to Dungey, she is waiting to hear about plans for Season 8 from the show's co-creators, Adam Horowitz an Eddy Kitsis.
On the Marvel side of things, Dungey was quick to point out the massive creative leaps that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has taken, especially in its current season. He noted "this season I honestly think is the strongest that it’s ever been, and we’ve been really excited about what the producers are talking about for the second half of the season.” Excited enough to renew the show? Once again, it seems that decision will be based on the creative team's potential plans for Season 6.
One interesting factor here is that Disney owns both Marvel and ABC. So if Disney firmly wants Agent Coulson and his team back in the field for another season, then ABC probably won't touch Lola.
All of mighty Mickey's strength may not be enough to save Inhumans, however, which had dreadful numbers and a disastrous IMAX release. Though it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Attilan gang were gone for good, don't count them completely out just yet. Speaking diplomatically, Dungey didn't officially confirm the death of the show, but she does say “it didn’t perform for us at the level that we would have wanted. We haven’t made any official decisions yet but I will say the numbers were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”
Continuing with the Marvel talk, Dungey says, “We’ve tried a few things that haven’t worked out as well as we would have liked. We developed a couple of things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next.”
What does that mean, exactly? Who knows, but the odds just don't seem all that great for Inhumans. As for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's become one of the best genre shows on TV — it just can't seem to gain any viewers.