ABC has moved back the Season 2 premiere of “Agent Carter” by two weeks to make room for the president’s State of the Union address.

The show had been scheduled to have its two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The White House, however, has scheduled the State of the Union for Jan. 12. Rather than run “Agent Carter” for a week and then immediately have to pre-empt it, ABC has rescheduled the premiere for Jan. 19.

(Insert your own “Thanks Obama” joke here.)

What that means for the return of “Agents of SHIELD” in the spring remains to be seen. It’s currently scheduled to return on March 8; to keep that date, “Agent Carter” would have to double up at some point during its run. It could conceivably do so, since ABC is sticking with reruns at 10 p.m. Tuesdays for the first part of 2016.

An ABC rep tells TV by the Numbers that they “haven’t heard anything yet” about the new premiere date for “Agent Carter” impacting “Agents of SHIELD’s” return.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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