ABC Announces Season Finale Dates for Once Upon a Time, Castle, and More

By Tim Surette

Mar 20, 2013


When it comes to the timing of networks announcing finale dates, alphabetical order has nothing to do with it. Dead last of the major networks to reveal end dates is ABC, which rolled out its spring calendar today. 

Contrary to what most of the other networks are doing, ABC doesn't have too many special events planned for its shows. Only Suburgatory (a one-hour season finale on April 17) and Revenge (a two-hour finale on May 12) are getting super-sized finishes, with a couple other series getting a few extra minutes here and there. 

A few of these season finales might actually be series finales, as this year's bubble is awfully big. I think it's safe to say Red Widow will join its husband and wind up dead, Body of Proof won't return barring another miracle, and despite it being some good primetime soapy fun, Nashville's ratings certainly aren't begging ABC for an encore. The Neighbors, Suburgatory, and The Middle aren't completely comfortable, but I like their chances to return. Revenge, Once Upon a TimeCastleGrey's AnatomyScandal, and Modern Family should be safe. As for Splash, let's not even talk about it. It's too depressing.


ABC FINALE DATES FOR THE 2012-13 SEASON

Wednesday, March 27

8:30-9:00pm     The Neighbors

Wednesday, April 17

8:00-9:00pm     Suburgatory (special one-hour finale)

Thursday, May 2

8:00-9:00pm     Wife Swap

Sunday, May 5

10:01-11:00pm     Red Widow

Tuesday, May 7

8:00-9:00pm     Splash

Sunday, May 12

8:00-9:00pm     Once Upon a Time
9:00-11:00pm     Revenge (special two-hour finale)

Monday, May 13

10:01-11:00pm     Castle

Thursday, May 16

9:00-10:02pm     Grey’s Anatomy
10:02-11:00pm     Scandal

Friday, May 17

9:00-10:00pm     Shark Tank

Sunday, May 19

7:00-8:00pm     America’s Funniest Home Videos

Monday, May 20

8:00-9:00pm     Dancing with the Stars (Performance Show)

Tuesday, May 21

8:00-10:01pm     Dancing with the Stars (Results Show)

Wednesday, May 22

8:00-8:30pm     The Middle
9:00-9:31pm     Modern Family
10:00-11:00pm     Nashville

Tuesday, May 28

10:01-11:00pm     Body of Proof



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  • naaziz2 Oct 10, 2013

    RED WIDOW definately does not deserve to be cancelled...it's a good story.


  • naaziz2 Oct 10, 2013

    i so love Red Widow, why the hell ????....it's a good tv series ...interesting .....

  • ADragonsDream Apr 23, 2013

    somebody isn't following the numbers very well. Nashville will most likely be back and the Middle is almost guaranteed. Rating aren't what matter. Ratings among the 18-49 demographic in comparison to the rest of the network's schedule (not the other networks or the compition) are what matter in predicting whether a show will be renewed or canceled. Given that the Middle is rating above average for ABC shows, plan on it getting renewed. Nashville is right at the average, so it's more likely to be renewed than canceled. Those are the numbers. Those are what matter.

  • AndrewHart Mar 24, 2013

    Revenge and Once Upon a Time better stick around for years!

  • transgenicfilth Mar 23, 2013

    OMG!!!! I can't believe no one has mentioned RED WIDOW!! i love that show!! it has soooo much potential and doe not deserve to be cancelled!!

  • residentevil4 Mar 21, 2013

    Too bad Castle doesn't have a long season finale, I love it so much along with OUAT, Revenge and Scandal.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 21, 2013

    No, Splash is unsurprising. What's depressing is not even a comment from ABC on Happy Endings' finale, what the fuck ABC? Bad enough you've mistreated this show horribly, now you have to let it die in the Friday death slot without even a mention of when it will be put out of its misery?

  • MissMunchkin Mar 21, 2013

    Castle ends in May? Oh, I thought there were only 2 episodes left of the season... Cool! I'll take it!

  • AnoukvdZee Mar 21, 2013

    If Nashville doesn't get renewed, I'm seriously going to break down and cry.

  • Addic7ed Mar 21, 2013

    Will be Castle's next season the last one? I don't think there's going to be much more to learn (at least from Becket's mom murder).

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