ABC moves Revenge into Desperate Housewives timeslot, emphasizes comedy and recreates T.G.I.F.
ABC joined its competitors in flexing comedy muscles for its fall schedule, announcing a lineup which sticks a new comedy about space aliens in suburbia behind hit Modern Family, creates a young-skewing comedy block at 9 p.m. Tuesdays and moves buzzed-about drama Revenge into long-running show Desperate Housewives' old timeslot.
Executives also revealed next season's Dancing with the Stars will be an all-star edition, bringing back old favorites from last 14 cycles, though they would not divulge who is under consideration (reportedly, no past winners will compete). There's also a shot of country culture, with singing star Reba McEntire featured in the comedy Malibu Crossing as the cheated-on wife of a country music star and ex-Friday Night Lights/American Horror Story star Connie Britton as a fading singing star in Nashville.
Gone are ambitious dramas such as GCB and Ashley Judd's Missing, though another midseason tryout, Scandal, will return in Private Practice's old 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot. ABC's comedy about young friends, Happy Endings, will be paired with its other comedy about not-so-friendly young people, Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 for a 9 p.m. comedy block, pushing Dancing's results show to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
Star Tim Allen gets pushed to Fridays -- I and fellow critics have taken to calling it "DVR Theater," because nobody actually watches TV on that night -- forming a comedy block at 8 p.m. in November which hearkens back to the network's old family-oriented T.G.I.F. lineups.
Other than the spark of comedy, ABC's 10 new shows for next year cover a wide gamut, from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan's The Last Resort, about a nuclear sub which refuses to nuke Pakistan to 666 Park Avenue, a drama about a supernatural apartment building with Lost alum Terry O'Quinn and Desperate Housewives alum Vanessa Williams.
"Everything we do is about emotional connection -- great stories, great characters and real emotions," said ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee, citing their tagline for the upfronts, 'Why just watch, when you can feel?"
ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern); new shows are in bold:
DAY TIME SERIES
MONDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. “Castle”
8:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”
10:00 p.m. “Castle”
TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
9:00 p.m. “Happy Endings”
9:30 p.m. “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”
10:00 p.m. “Private Practice”
8:00 p.m. “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”
8:30 p.m. “The Family Tools”
WEDNESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “The Middle”
8:30 p.m. “Suburgatory”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “The Neighbors”
10:00 p.m. “Nashville”
THURSDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Last Resort”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Scandal”
FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”
8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”
8:30 p.m. “Malibu Country”
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”
SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”
SUNDAY: 7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00 p.m. “Revenge”
10:00 p.m. “666 Park Avenue”