ABC unveiled its Fall schedule today and it features an ambitious lineup of new series to premiere all season long.Â The schedule features eight new shows, including a Wednesday night that contains nothing but new programs.Â This is identical to the strategy ABC used two years ago when it premiered three new hour-long shows on Wednesdays.
The new Wednesday, however, features four new half-hour comedies which I will tentatively title the Back to You
reject lineup, as three of the sitcoms star former cast members of that failed FOX sitcom, including Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Ty Burrell.Â The other big change to the schedule is that Ugly Betty
has been bumped to Fridays, wedged between Supernanny
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Here's a quick rundown on the new shows:
: A reality show in which ordinary Americans get the chance
to present their money-making ideas to a group of wealthy investors
with hopes of winning money to help grow their ideas. It sounds a bit
like American Inventor
crossed with The Apprentice
: A group of normal citizens investigate unsolved crimes
the police have given up on. It stars 24
's Reiko Aylesworth.
: Frasier's Kelsey Grammer plays a former CEO who finds himself out
of work and forced to spend time with the family he's left at home this
: Starring Patricia Heaton, I'll let ABC's official
description explain:: "The Hecks are a middle class family living in
the middle of Indiana, just trying to keep their heads above water."
: Much like The Office, this show is filmed from the POV
of a documentary filmmaker observing three modern American families.
It stars Married...with Children's Ed O'Neill.
: Courtney Cox plays a divorced older single mom who tackles a dating world obsessed with youth.
: A TV version of the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick
about three women who have special powers. It stars Rebecca Romijn.
: You've probably already seen the promos for this show in
which the entire world blacks out and sees a glimpse of the near future
at the same time.
Here is ABC's Fall schedule:
8pm - Dancing with the Stars
10pm - Castle
NOTE: The Bachelor
will will the 8pm time slot after DWTS
finishes its run.
8pm - Shark Tank
9pm - Dancing with the Stars
10pm - The Forgotten
NOTE: Better Off Ted
will air at the 9pm hour following the end of DWTS
8pm - Hank
8:30pm - The Middle
9pm - Modern Family
9:30pm - Cougar Town
10pm - Eastwick
8pm - Flash Forward
9pm - Grey's Anatomy
10pm - Private Practice
8pm - Supernanny
9pm - Ugly Betty
10pm - 20/20
7pm - America's Funniest Home Videos
8pm - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9pm - Desperate Housewives
10pm - Brothers and Sisters
In addition, ABC has quite a few shows on reserve for mid-season. For
returning shows, those include Wife Swap
, a second season of the
reality show True Beauty
, and the final season of Lost
. There are also
three more new scripted shows:
The Deep End
: A show about four young lawyers picked to join a high-end
L.A. Firm. It stars Tina Majorinio (Mac from Veronica Mars
) and total
bad-ass Clancy Brown.
: A peaceful town in Minnesota is turned upside down when bad
things start happening, revealing that everyone has a secret. It
sounds a bit like Twin Peaks
and stars Gilmore Girls
' Lauren Graham.
: A reimagining of the classic miniseries about Earth's first
encounter with alien life. The show stars Lost
's Elizabeth Mitchell.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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