ABC Tweaks Prime-Time Lineup

Apr 9, 2018  •  Post A Comment

ABC announced changes to its prime-time lineup, including moving one of its newest shows into a choice slot leading out from “Roseanne” at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Instead of the previously scheduled repeat episode of “The Middle,” the network will air the fourth episode of the new comedy “Alex, Inc.,” which premiered March 28. The series stars Zach Braff as Alex Schuman, Michael Imperioli as Eddie, Tiya Sircar as Rooni Schuman, Hillary Anne Matthews as Deirdre, Elisha Henig as Ben Schuman and Audyssie James as Soraya Schuman.

The episode airing April 17 is “The Nanny.” Here’s what ABC says about it:

“Alex thinks he fired their part-time babysitter, Rosalba, after he and Rooni find her sleeping on the job, but the situation gets more complicated when Rosalba shows up for work. Meanwhile, Ben takes over as babysitter and watches Soraya after school; and Rooni loses cell service and gets nervous about the kids being left home alone.”

Laura Patalano guest-stars on the episode as Rosalba. “The Nanny” was written by Juliet Seniff and directed by Alisa Statman.

The series is written and executive produced by Matt Tarses. Zach Braff is director and executive producer. John Davis and John Fox are executive producers of the series, from Davis Entertainment, as are Alex Blumberg, Chris Gilberti and Matt Lieber (Gimlet Media) in association with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

ABC announced separately that it will give “Deception” a special showcase on Tuesday, April 24. An original installment of the series will air in place of a previously planned repeat of fellow newcomer “For the People.”

The “Deception” episode is “Sacrifice 99 to Fool One,” which ABC describes as follows: “When the Mystery Woman kidnaps Cameron, the FBI calls on Jonathan Black to help find him — and stop the Mystery Woman from committing her next crime.”

The “Deception” episode will air from 10-11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

“Deception” stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as Special Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.

“Sacrifice 99 to Fool One” was written by John A. Norris and directed by Rob Hardy.

“Deception” is from Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Televsion. Chris Fedak is creator and executive producer. In addition to Fedak, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (“Now You See Me”) is co-producer.


  1. Why ABC is wasting any episodes of the concluding The Middle after ratings juggernaut Roseanne boggles my mind…

  2. Because The Middle still gets pretty solid ratings, that’s why.

  3. But I think people who watch The Middle will follow it. And there’s no reason to hope for new viewers. They should put the Middle at 9:30 after Blackish and Splitting Up Together at 8:30. Just my 2 cents

  4. This doesn’t feel like a match. Hmmm

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