ABC has released its fall 2016 programming schedule, announcing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move to a 10PM timeslot on Tuesday nights. The move comes after the cancellation of its sister series Agent Carter, and ABC passing on its anticipated spin-off, Marvel's Most Wanted.
According to IGN, ABC president Channing Dungey said the move would allow Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "to go a little bit edgier, go a little darker and take some risks." This Marvel Cinematic Universe television flagship on ABC began in 2013 with an 8PM slot, before being pushed to 9PM in its second season.
Despite Marvel's Most Wanted not being picked up, the ABC Entertainment head says more Marvel series may yet come to ABC.
“We are in extensive conversations with Marvel,” said Dungey. “I had a really long talk with [Marvel publisher] Dan Buckley from Marvel last week. We’re very excited about a few things we have in development. We think there’s a long future ahead and excited to explore it together.”
ABC reportedly has several Marvel series in the works, including a mystery project from producer John Ridley that would "reinvent" an existing character or idea, along with a pair of comedies including Damage Control and a second unnamed series. ABC's cable network Freeform also recently picked up a Cloak & Dagger series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will wrap its third season on May 17. Its fourth season will premiere this fall on ABC.