ABC's 2011-2012 Schedule: Tim Allen Is Back

ABC revealed its 2011-2012 schedule bright and early this morning, and from the look of it, the network is going for a solid mix of new comedies and dramas spread throughout the week. The biggest two bits of news are that Tim Allen is returning to primetime television, and that the Charlie's Angels reboot will be paired with stalwart Grey's Anatomy. Here it is, in all its glory (as usual, everything is subject to change):

Mondays: Nothing fancy here. ABC is keeping things steady with Dancing With the Stars from 8pm-10pm and Castle at 10pm. If it ain't broke, keep trotting out dancing competition shows.

Tuesdays: Grunt, grunt, grunt... DANCE! Tuesdays are will become an interesting experiment with a new one-hour comedy block featuring Tim Allen's new sitcom Last Man Standing paired with fellow newbie Man Up. Both shows are a variation of the "man tries to be a man while also dealing with women" theme, making the hour somewhat of a testosterone block. That manly hour will be followed by the female-skewing Dancing With the Stars results show at 9pm and Dana Delaney's Body of Proof. I guess this is supposed to be date night?

Wednesdays: The Wednesday comedy block that has been so successful for ABC is getting overhauled, with veteran comedies The Middle and Modern Family staying put at 8pm and 9pm, respectively. Following The Middle at 8:30pm is Suburgatory, a fish-out-of-water story about a young woman who moves from the big city to the suburbs, and midseason success Happy Endings will settle in after Modern Family, right where it belongs. Putting those two together was ABC's easiest decision of the season. New drama Revenge, about a woman (Emily Van Camp) who returns to the Hamptons to exact vengeance on those who wronged her family a long time ago (wha?), finishes the evening.

Thursdays: Thursdays are girl-power nights! Charlie's Angels leads things off at 8pm, followed by Thursday-night staples Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Fridays: ABC has decided that Friday is a good night for reality television, with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition moving to Fridays from Sundays and Shark Tank following it at 9pm. 20/20 finishes the evening.

Sundays: The beginning of the week will look a lot different, with two new shows bookending old (emphasis on old), reliable Desperate Housewives. Once Upon a Time, about a sleepy town where fairy tales are real, opens the night at 8pm. Desperate Housewives' eighth season follows at 9pm, and new drama Pan Am, about the pilots and flight attendants of the famed airline in the 1960s, premieres at 10pm. Oh, and apparently some of the flight attendants are spies. I'm wondering if the producers of Once Upon a Time are happy being on this night.

Still looking for a place on the schedule are new comedies Work It and Apartment 23 and dramas The River, Scandal, Missing, and Good Christian Belles, that last of which is a lock to be paired with Desperate Housewives.


What night will you be watching ABC?

ABC's Fall 2011-2012 schedule

(New programs in UPPER CASE)


MONDAY

 8-10 pm — Dancing With the Stars (performance show)

10-11 pm — Castle

TUESDAY

8-8:30 pm — LAST MAN STANDING
8:30-9 pm — MAN UP
9-10 pm — Dancing With the Stars (results show)
10-11 pm — Body of Proof

WEDNESDAY

8-8:30 pm — The Middle
8:30-9 pm — SUBURGATORY

9-9:30 pm — Modern Family

9:30-10 pm — Happy Endings

10-11 pm — REVENGE

THURSDAY

8-9 pm — CHARLIE'S ANGELS

9-10 pm — Grey's Anatomy
10-11 pm — Private Practice

FRIDAY

 8-9 pm — Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9-10 pm — Shark Tank

10-11 pm — 20/20

SUNDAY

8-9 pm — ONCE UPON A TIME

9-10 pm — Desperate Housewives
10-11 pm — PAN AM

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012


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Just Castle.
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not a bad rooster, we will see, pan am sound promising, like a mad men but on a plane
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Sunday nights I will be tuned in to ABC!
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I"m not happy why tuesday night abc say cancellnd for V the series im want more three season end wrong abc office order no more for V crap abc im like old V old again season that better
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Love Castle and Body of Proof. ...
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I sort of want to watch Once Upon a Time but I honestly can see it being cancelled within the first half of the season....so idk...
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Perhaps Last Man Standing. Tim can be quite funny, don't know if i'll watch regularly but i'll give it a go.
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Again as I just posted on the NBC page, I'm not watching anything new. The networks cut shows l love, Detroit 187, Chicago Hope, Chase, Lie to Me, etc, and I'm not tuning in to anything new until I at least see a second season. Meanwhile I'm tuning in to my regular shows that remain on.
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Love Castle and like Body of Proof but see nothing else worth watching 'cept might check out Charlie's Angels just to see what they do with it.
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WHERE IS BROTHERS & SISTERS???!!!
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Wednesday's for some Modern Family & Happy Endings!
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Castle! Everything else on ABC? Meh, I could take it or leave it. Even NBC holds my attention more nowadays.
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I'll check out Charlie's Angels and Once Upon A Time, although I don't expect either to last past Christmas.
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I'll be checking out Sundays on ABC as well as Modern Family & Happy Endings and that's it
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Castle stays on Monday, good. My night block of comedies are still the same expect for a newbie. I want to check out Charlie's Angels but am not going to be to much faith in it.
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just castle
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I watch Castle, Modern Family, and Happy Endings. There were a handful of new shows I was going to give a chance, but having just watched the trailers TV.com has posted, they all look really bad. I'll probably still give Apartment 23 a shot, though.
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New programs should not be in upper case. They should be in proper case with [New] following the title. The reason for this is because it's possible for a show title to have all upper case, like "CSI".
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Happy Endings! :D
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is cougartown gone? That sub show may be good check that out.
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ABC has 2 shows. Castle and Body of Proof.. other than that.. I love CBS.
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So far ABC has the most new shows I'm interested it. They have the best set of new comedies and Charlie's Angels is something I've been waiting for since I heard about it. And after Castle's season finale, ABC now has one of the best show's on TV right now.
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