ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Resurrection' and 'The Quest' Plus Spring Split Season Return Dates

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August 4th, 2013

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Continuing Its Commitment to a Split Season Strategy, the Network Also Announced

Spring Premieres for Key Returning Series Which Will Run with Few or No Repeats



Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today announced the premiere dates for new midseason series “Resurrection” and “The Quest,” along with spring premiere dates for key returning series, now structured into split seasons to allow for fewer or no preemptions or repeats.


New drama “Resurrection” will premiere on Sunday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m., ET, taking over the timeslot for “Betrayal” when that show’s season concludes. New alternative series “The Quest” will debut on Thursday, January 2 with a special two-hour premiere from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, moving into the timeslot held by “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” following its season finale.


Continuing the network’s commitment to the split season strategy announced at this year’s Upfront presentation, key returning series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge” and “Scandal” will return in the spring, following their winter finales, with all new episodes that will run with few or no repeats to their season finales in May.


Below are ABC’s spring premiere dates for the 2013-14 season, along with the newly announced midseason premieres (in bold). All times listed are ET. The returning series’ winter premiere dates will be announced at a later time.


Thursday, January 2

8:00-10:00 p.m.                                   “The Quest” (special two-hour premiere)


Wednesday, February 26

10:00-11:00 p.m.                                 “Nashville”


Thursday, February 27

9:00-10:00 p.m.                                   “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00-11:00 p.m.                                 “Scandal”


Sunday, March 9

8:00-9:00 p.m.                                     “Once Upon a Time”

9:00-10:00 p.m.                                   “Revenge”

10:00-11:00 p.m.                                 “Resurrection”


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  • ZmaX

    Split seasons sound great, now maybe that will help Once and Revenge from the bloodbath that is football finals/Award show season…best of luck to these returning shows :)

  • Raykov

    That’s a good idea… Especially for OUAT and Revenge… Last season January-February killed their ratings with new episodes against high-profiles like SuperBowl semi-finals or Grammy Awards and then repeats when other shows were also in repeat… It totally killed their momentum.

  • Oldie

    Well there sticking to 13 episode orders for betrayal and once wonderland for definately then!

  • Oldie

    I think this split season is a much better idea, they can basically form two separate mini seasons with different story lines concluding at the winter finale and not being dragged out (initiative storyline on revenge) but some storylines playing a theme throughout the whole 24 episodes

  • betty

    Betrayal is the best new abc thriller.hope it breaks the sunday death slot spell.

  • Greg

    I like this idea a lot (the breaks are excruciating and they kill the momentum of these shows), but it also means Nashville will be airing without a lead in for some weeks. That’s really, really bad.

  • Spencer

    The split season idea is really great. ABC finally realized that their horrible breaks and scheduling killed Revenge last year. What would make it better…i think… if the new standard for TV shows would be 10-13 episodes per season, like cable. So the first sets of tv shows air in the fall with no breaks, then a winter hiatus, then the spring shows take their place for 13 episodes. This would allow for more shows to air on the networks, less breaks and less ‘filler’ episodes and more straight plot and action. This would work best for dramas/hour long shows, but it COULD be done with comedies, or they could just keep comedies as 22-24 episodes the whole season.

  • Dennis

    So Resurection is the next Red Widow…GCD….Pan Am

  • Kissan

    So I think OUAT and Revenge will go from Sept. 29th all the way to Dec. 15th which is 11 episodes, then they come back Mar. 9th with possibly no repeats all the way to their season finales possibly on May. 18th. GA starts on Sept. 26th all the way to Dec. 12th which is 12 episodes while Scandal also ends on Dec. 12th with 10 episodes, then they both come back Feb. 27th with possibly no repeats all the way to May. 15th possibly for their season finales. And Nashville starts on Sept. 25th and will go all the way to Dec. 11th and then come back Feb. 26th all the way to May. 14th for their season finale.

    P.S.-OUAT and Revenge will probably take one hiatus on Nov. 24th for the AMA Awards. GA and Scandal will take a hiatus on Nov. 28th for Thankgiving and Nashville will take two hiatuses, one on Nov. 6th for CMA Awards and one on Nov. 27th for Thanksgiving Eve. Nashville will probably take one hiatus in 2014.

    I have NO FREAKIN idea when OUATIW, Betrayal or The Quest will end. Can anybody tell me?????

  • Tommy

    Does anyone know what ABC are going to schedule in the January and February gaps, though? I’m assuming it won’t be repeats, so will it be new series/unscripted that air for 8-10 weeks?

  • SVU: Hannibal Lector’s Dinner


    i think that besically all nets will yield to NBC’s Olympics coverage and air either reality series or repeats.

  • ZmaX


    According to TVLine, “Killer Women” along with other mid-season shows. Also, the reality show “The Quest” will replace Wonderland on Thursdays @ 8

  • Dan

    Smart move especially for the Sunday shows, there’s no point for those shows to return in jan with the Super Bowl and the oscars. Now these dramas can run repeat free Feb/march to May

  • Tommy (UK)

    @SVU: Hannibal Lector’s Dinner
    I completely forgot about the Winter Olympics! D’oh!

    I’m assuming, then, that some od ABC’s midseason shows like “Killer Women” and “Mind Games” are not for 13 episodes then, as that’d be way too many to slot in?

  • Ram510

    I’m surprised people are freaking out. With the holiday break, awards, football and Winter Olympics coming the breaks were to be expected. My question would be is ABC going to even bother with airing any of these shows in the beginning of January before all the madness or will they just stick to sporadic airing of comedies and reality shows no one cares about like The Quest?

    I also wonder how will CBS schedule its shows during this time?

  • r0ckmypants

    @Oldie – Betrayal has always been announced as a 13 episode first season. But just because The Quest has been announced for January doesn’t mean ABC can’t order more episodes of OUATIW to air afterward (and, according to Entertainment Weekly, they already have).

  • Igwell

    sticking to 13 episode orders for betrayal and once wonderland

    Unless, by some strange turn of events, one of them becomes a hit.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Tommy – It’s possible that both shows get 13 episode orders, which can bleed into summer or be saved for a potential second season (which is what happened with Don’t Trust the B…). It’s also possible that one (or both) of Mind Games and Killer Women will be replacing a failed freshman series rather than airing on Sunday.

  • Ram510

    If ABC doesn’t stick to the 13 episode or of OUATIW or Betrayal I wonder if there will be a huge freak out like when CBS renewed Under the Dome

    They should premiere Mixology around this time with all the other shows that are coming back

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