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ABC Spreads Its 2012 Fall Premiere Dates All Over the Calendar

Hey ABC, way to join the party. The Alphabet network was the final major purveyor of television to announce its fall schedule, and it's smearing its return dates all over the calendar. Premiere dates for ABC will start in mid-September (like those of almost everyone else) and run all the way through early November (well past everyone else is done).

The bulk of ABC's shows will return or debut during official Premiere Week (September 24 through September 30), but some well-known shows won't be re-introduced until October or later—including Suburgatory (in its new post-Modern Family time slot), Happy Endings, Last Man Standing, and potential tent-pole drama Nashville.

Comparing ABC's premiere dates to the other networks' reveals it the most widely spread calendar of the bunch. ABC's fall premieres begin September 14 and end November 2. The other networks' ranges look like this: NBC, September 10 to October 19; Fox, September 12 to October 26; CBS, September 19 to September 30; The CW, October 2 to October 19. I guess this allows ABC's marketing department more time to put short-term focus on individual shows or pick up viewers who've abandoned other networks' new shows. Or maybe ABC just doesn't want the parade of premieres to end.


ABC's 2012-2013 Fall Premiere Dates
(New shows in ALL CAPS so your grandma can read 'em, too!)


Friday, September 14
8:00–9:00 PM — Shark Tank
9:00–10:00 PM — What Would You Do?
10:00–11:00 PM — 20/20


Monday, September 24
8:00–10:00 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10:00–11:00 PM — Castle


Tuesday, September 25
8:00–10:00 PM — Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10:00–11:00 PM — Private Practice


Wednesday, September 26
8:00–9:00 PM — The Middle (special one-hour premiere)
9:00–9:30 PM — Modern Family
9:30–10:00 PM — THE NEIGHBORS (series premiere)


Thursday, September 27
8:00–9:00 PM — LAST RESORT
9:00–10:00 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
10:00–11:00 PM — Scandal


Sunday, September 30
8:00–9:00 PM — Once Upon a Time
9:00–10:00 PM — Revenge
10:00–11:00 PM — 666 PARK AVENUE


Wednesday, October 3
8:30–9:00 PM — The Neighbors (regular time period premiere)


Sunday, October 7
7:00–8:00 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos


Wednesday, October 10
10:00–11:00 PM — Nashville


Wednesday, October 17
9:30–10:00pm — Suburgatory


Tuesday, October 23
9:00–9:30 PM — Happy Endings
9:30–10:00 PM — Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23


Friday, November 2
8:00–8:30 PM — Last Man Standing
8:30–9:00 PM — MALIBU COUNTRY
9:00–10:00 PM — Shark Tank (new time period premiere)



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This is my fvorite network to watch TV, but half of the shows I want to watch won't even sart till October -____-





Anyways...

Sundays: OUAT, Revenge

Tuesdays: Happy Endings, Apartment 23

Wednesdays: The Middle, Modern Family, Suburgatory, Nashville



I'll watch Last Resort the Thursdays TBBT & 2.5 Men are showing repeats.
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I don't understand ABC's scatter technique for their fall premieres. It seems counterproductive to spread them out so much over three months. At least I'll be able keep tabs on the premieres with my new Dish Hopper. With the Auto Hop feature I'll be able to skip over commercials the day after a show airs and get in more on my free time. Plus it will save on remote control batteries. My coworkers at Dish love "Dancing with the Stars" but I plan on watching "Last Resort" since I need to find something to replace "The River." It should last longer than a season, I hope.
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I honestly don't see what's so good about the show scandal I watched all 7 episodes to see what's so entertaining and honestly its terrible and boring the only thing that's good about it is the chemistry.
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I am looking forward to Revenge.... Once Upon A Time became a bit meh at the end but perhaps it perks up in season 2...



Of the new shows, I'll be checking 666 Park Avenue and perhaps Last Resort & Nashville but I am not expecting great things...



Malibu Country looks like a variation on Nashville - kind of odd so much country all of a sudden...



Scandal looks terrible...



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Looking forward to Last Resort.
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Can't wait for Once Upon a Time and Revenge
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Revenge had a decent first season. I got really bored of the weekly parties, fake smiles + laughs, and annoying characters pretty quickly. The second half of the season really picks up though, and that season finale was pretty awesome. Plus, James Morrison is in it! (He plays Bill Buchanan in 24).



I hope Revenge got a bigger budget for season 2, because it could do with a lot more action. As much as I liked it, it became a bit too soapy at times.
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Sunday and Thursday are going to be difficult days for me...
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Why did they switch Suburgatory and The Neighbors ? Anyway I don't think there's any move that could save The Neighbors from early cancellation and placing it "in the middle" of wednesday comedy block will make it only more obvious !

Can't wait for OUAT , the bitch and suburgatory.

I'm curious about 666 park avenue but the teaser was really disappointing but i'm ready to give it a try!
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Cant wait for Castle and Revenge to come back. Will try the new shows (I usually do) and see if there is one I will love just as much as I loved Revenge last season
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DWTS is all I'm watching..
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Then what are you doing at a TV site?
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23 Oct for Happy Endings and DTTB?! 23 OCT?!
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Looks like it's just Grey's anatomy for me.
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September 30 for 666 Park Avenue and Revenge?! That sucks...
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It will be a busy day. Some of the other premieres that day: Dexter, Homeland, Once upon a time, The mentalist, The good wife, Family Guy. There will also be episodes of Hell on Wheels, and Treme, and almost certainly something I can't even think of right now.



I will watch Dexter, Homeland, Hell on Wheels, Revenge and Once upon a time. Maybe The mentalist too.
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I'm a little worried for Revenge when October 14 comes since it's on the same timeslot as The Walking Dead. And that show has a lot of viewers considering that it's a cable show and manages to consistently pull in about 8-9 million viewers per episode. But despite me worrying about Revenge, I'm still super excited for Season 3 of The Walking Dead!
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WOW!



Put me down for Dexter, Homeland, Hell on Wheels, Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife, 666 Park Avenue, and Boardwalk Empire.



I feel claustrophobic all of a sudden.
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I agree with iShivi, you should totatlly start checking out Revenge. It was one of the best new dramas last season.
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Why aren't you watching Revenge amongst those others!? One of the best shows on TV.
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Less than 2 months for Castle.



Go go!
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Wow I can't believe the only ABC primetime show I'll be watching this season is Revenge. ABC used to be all I watched. How the times change.

That picture made me laugh. Lost and Ugly Betty!
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I am officialy rooting for Castle now! Bye, Emily Owens MD. Recasting Jack Coleman's character? Not cool, dudes.
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I have to wait until October 23rd for Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23?!



ARGH!





... as for the new shows, I'll be trying 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort.
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My thoughts exactly! No Happy Endings or Van Der Beek until 23rd of October? Poor us...
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It's going to be agonizing waiting that long for Happy Endings and The B----! But on the plus side, HALLOWEEN EPISODES!
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Can we move the premiere of Last Resort two months ahead of schedule?
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Oh man.....ABC will rule my Sunday nights this fall.....
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