The premise for the series premiere of Speechless (ABC, Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C) is simple: an alpha mom seeks a cool school and voice for her wheelchair bound son who suffers from cerebral palsy – to the frequent consternation of the rest of her family.
It is not a show about a kid with a disability; it not a show about the wheelchair. It is a show about a family that has a child with cerebral palsy and the way they all deal with each other – though sometimes the focus in on the voiceless boy in the chair because sometimes it would be in life.
ABC’s 2016-17 Primetime Schedule reveals a number of changes big and small.
Fan favorite Castle is gone, by Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell’s Conviction moves into its Monday night timeslot. American Housewife slides into the Tuesday slot between The Goldbergs and Modern Family, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moves back an hour into the 10 pm slot.
On Wednesday, potential top flight sitcom Speechless takes the slot between The Middle and Fresh of the Boat, while Designated Survivor gets Nashville’s old slot. Notorious becomes the first non-Shondaland Thursday show moving into the Scandal spot (Scandal having been moved to med-season) between Grey’s anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder.
Friday and Sunday stand pat. New comedies waiting in the wings are: Downward Dog and Imaginary Mary. New dramas are: Still Star-Crossed and Time After Time. Follow the jump for ABC’s Fall Schedule and series descriptions.