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Fall Schedule News: ABC Takes Their Turn

*ABC announced their fall schedule this afternoon. To be honest, their schedule is underwhelming to say the least. None of their new shows (outside of the Marvel franchise show) sound intriguing and they mostly left everything else in their same timeslots from last season. They don’t win points for innovation, but let’s take a closer look.*

SUNDAY:
7PM: America’s Funniest Home Videos
8PM: Once Upon a Time
9PM: Revenge
10PM: Betrayal

*Not a surprise here. AFV does solid at 7PM and its not worth launching a new show at that hour. Once Upon a Time does great. I was surprised that Revenge remained at that timeslot. It hasn’t been doing great and the reviews haven’t helped. I figured that ABC would move it to 10PM, where the loyal audience would follow, and use the 9PM timeslot to launch a new show. Maybe ABC doesn’t have a strong enough drama they want to promote. Betrayal sounds like a good match for the night but I’m just not interested in the plot or the cast members.*

MONDAY:
8PM: Dancing with the Stars
10PM: Castle

*No surprise here. The only thing worth talking about is the elimination of the results show for Dancing with the Stars. The elimination will now be incorporated into the 2 hour show. It’ll probably follow the format of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, which had its results show eliminated last summer. They’re hoping they can reenergize the show, which has been quickly falling in the ratings. And having an extra day open in the schedule may encourage higher profile celebrities to participate in the show.*

TUESDAY:
8PM: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9PM: The Goldbergs
9:30PM: Trophy Wife
10PM: Lucky 7

*ABC is attempting to recreate a formula they found in the 2009-2010 season, when they had a Wednesday night block of entirely new shows. That worked out for The Middle & Modern Family and ABC hopes to do it again. Marvel’s Agents is one of the highest profile pilots of the year and should do well to lead-off the night. Tuesday night comedies haven’t worked out for any networks (besides FOX), so that should be interesting to see if ABC can change the tide. Lucky 7 is a drama about a group of gas station employees that win the lottery. It reminds me too much of that NBC drama a few years ago Windfall and the cast doesn’t feature anybody interesting this time.*

WEDNESDAY:
8PM: The Middle
8:30PM: Back in the Game
9PM: Modern Family
9:30PM: Super Fun Night
10PM: Nashville

*The three anchors of the hours remain in place. Nashville has been slipping in the ratings, but its still one of the most talked about shows and didn’t have a chance anywhere else. Back in the Game was one of the most buzzed about pilots, so it’s not a surprise to see that get a prime spot. Deadline was reporting that ABC wasn’t hot on Super Fun Night, but they wanted to keep Rebel Wilson (who is getting more and more popular). It surprises me that it got the best spot behind Modern Family, but it must mean that ABC really believes in it and wants it to do well. I like Rebel Wilson and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do with a weekly TV series.*

THURSDAY:
8PM: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
9PM: Grey’s Anatomy
10PM: Scandal

*The 8PM hour has been a huge trouble spot for ABC. They are placing a spin-off of a strong franchise there now, so maybe the bad luck will change. But will it have trouble competing with The Vampire Diaries on CW? There seems to be an audience crossover problem. No surprise with Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal staying put. ABC is still a force on that night and they would’ve been stupid to change up that combination.*

FRIDAY:
8PM: Last Man Standing
8:30PM: The Neighbors
9PM: Shark Tank
10PM: 20/20

*Last Man Standing has done okay on Friday nights and its closer to syndication, so I expect at least one more season from the Tim Allen show. The Neighbors landing here was a little bit of a surprise. It doesn’t seem to match the tone of the Allen show, but ABC believes in it and is giving it another chance. Their other multi-camera pilots must not have been as promising or else they would’ve been picked up and put on this night. Shark Tank is the top show on Friday nights and 20/20 is a mainstay. No surprise there.*

Midseason: The Bachelor, Killer Women, Mind Games, Mixology, The Quest, Resurrection, Suburgatory and The Taste

*Obviously The Bachelor will be used in between cycles of Dancing with the Stars. Suburgatory will be ready to fill in a hole if one of the new comedies gets cancelled. I’m surprised to see the Anthony Bourdain cooking competition The Taste coming back for another season. It didn’t do great in the ratings and ABC has other things to premiere in midseason. None of the new drama shows sound that great to me. The comedy Mixology has a good cast but the premise sounds too much of a high concept to work for more than a few episodes. The Quest is a new reality series from the producers of The Amazing Race and the film producers of The Lord of the Rings. Basically it’s a cross between those shows that doesn’t make any sense. We’ll see though.*

Special: Toy Story of Terror

*ABC also announced that they will be airing an animated Halloween special featuring the characters from the Toy Story film franchise. Here’s the info from the official ABC press release. I can’t wait. [From Disney·Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of the favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story of Terror.” The cast of “Toy Story of Terror” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie. “Toy Story of Terror” is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Angus MacLane. The special, from Disney·Pixar, will premiere on ABC in October 2013.]

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