ABC's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fifth season will begin sooner than the original January 2018 debut date. During the recent Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, ABC President Channing Dungey said that the show will come immediately after the Inhumans' first season.
“It’s going to come on right after Inhumans,” Dungey was quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “As soon as the eight episodes of Inhumans is done, then S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin.”
Dungey or ABC didn't go on to specify when that would be, however Inhumans is scheduled to debut on ABC September 29 with an eight-episode season. It hasn't been stated when those would run, but if they run on each subsequent Fiday it would end November 10, meaning Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could debut it that time slot as early as Friday, November 17.