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):
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.
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?
8-9 pm — ONCE UPON A TIME
9-10 pm — Desperate Housewives
10-11 pm — PAN AM
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