NEW YORK — ABC said Tuesday it will condense its long-running competition program Dancing With The Stars to a single night from two this fall, and rebuild its Tuesday programming with the much-anticipated spy drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As part of its effort to lure audiences in the new season the network also will air its spin-off of the successful fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, on Thursdays.
Castle is staying put on Monday nights behind DWTS. The network's two biggest comedies, Modern Family and The Middle, will help launch the two new Wednesday night comedy shows Back In The Game and Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night.
"We are taking some big swings with groundbreaking shows this season, and staying close to our roots with smart and sophisticated storytelling," ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said in a statement.
Every May, advertisers and members of the press descend on New York as the broadcast networks host their annual upfront presentations, where they unveil their fall schedules, trot out talent, and announce which shows will be coming back next season and which won't.
Among those not making the cut at ABC are Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) and Private Practice.
Univision Networks president Cesar Conde, also noting their partnerships with ABC and Participant Media, introduced a "new partnership" with the El Rey Network, led by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids) and Factory Media. The general-entertainment, English-language service targeting young adults is scheduled to launch in December on Comcast systems.
— Information from The Daily Beast, variety.com and multichannel.com was used in this report.