Thank you ABC, for making this busy week of Upfronts a little less boring. The network took a sledgehammer to its schedule today, giving it the biggest makeover of any network schedule so far. Stuff on Tuesdays moved to Fridays, some of Wednesday jumped up to Tuesday and Sunday, and there will be at least 90 minutes of country music a week! Let's break it down day-by-day and overanalyze it, shall we?
Psst! There's an easier-to-read schedule at the bottom of the page.
After all that talk about change, Mondays are staying absolutely the same. But why shouldn't they? Reality from 8pm to 10pm, then Castle from 10pm to 11pm. Dancing With the Stars will kick things off in the fall and The Bachelor will take over in the midseason.
Tuesdays look totally different and will evolve as the season progresses, like a virus that feeds on comedy. At 8pm in the fall, you'll figure out which sorta-celebs danced best the night before. After that, the "Happy Bitch" comedy block begins at 9pm with Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, two shows that both spent time in Wednesday's 9:30pm slot this season. I was wondering what ABC was going to do with that duo. Private Practice, which was moved from Thursdays to Tuesdays to make room for Scandal, stays in the Tuesday slot, where it will likely wind down its run. But the interesting part comes with the midseason, when Tuesdays expand to a two-hour comedy block that includes new comedies How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest Of Your Life (HTLWYPFTROYL, Sarah Chalke as a divorced woman who moves back in with her parents) and The Family Tools (Kyle Bornheimer as a man who takes over the family handyman business). This sets up a battle of comedy blocks with Fox's new Tuesday-night lineup of Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl, and The Mindy Project. Laugh-off! Typically the networks have spread the blocks out across the week so as not to step on each other's toes, but this is war.
ABC's comedy push continues on Wednesday nights, where the network has spent only a few seasons creating rock-solid block. The first 90 minutes are the same: The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family. Getting the 9:30pm slot and post-Modern bump is The Neighbors, about a family that moves into a gated community... which is full of aliens disguised as humans! And at 10pm, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere's new country-music drama Nashville hopes to make a splash, with Revenge getting promoted to Sundays.
If you're excited for Shawn Ryan's Last Resort (me! me! me!), about the crew of a nuclear sub that creates its own nation (it's actually more complicated than that, but it sounds cool), earmark 8pm on Thursdays. The new drama will be followed by a Shonda-thon from 9pm to 11pm, with Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, both from Shonda Rhimes.
Friday night will be a perfect time to gather up the family, roast some squirrel, and have some laughs from 8pm to 9pm with a back-to-back dose of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. The latter stars singer Reba McEntire as a spurned country singer who moves to Los Angeles to jumpstart her career. Reality and news takes up the rest of the evening, with Shark Tank, Primetime: What Would You Do?, and 20/20 shuffling around.
Remember when ABC Sundays were all about chicks? Well they still are, sorta, but with more of a dark edge. The pastels of Desperate Housewives and GCB have been replaced with the very strong Revenge and new drama 666 Park Avenue, about a haunted apartment building in New York. Once Upon a Time starts the evening off at 8pm. This is a great scheduling move by ABC and should keep Sundays strong for the network.
Leftovers: New series Red Widow, Mistresses, and Zero Hour, as well as returning drama Body of Proof, have not been scheduled yet. They'll likely enter as midseason replacements or rookie relief.
– Happy Endings vs. New Girl! Who wins in your book? And what will happen when ABC's leftovers comedy block goes up against Fox's NEW-ish comedy block?
– How do you feel about Revenge's move to Sundays, where it will be paired with Once Upon a Time? But also with those two up against all of the AMC and HBO Sunday night shows!
– Bringing family comedy back to Friday nights is a good move. You agree, right? I mean, do we really need Tim Allen to take up valuable real estate earlier in the week?
ABC's fall 2012-2013 schedule(New programs in ALL CAPS)
8pm - 8:30pm — HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
8:30pm - 9pm — THE FAMILY TOOLS
9pm - 9:30pm — Happy Endings
9:30pm - 10pm — Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
10pm — 11pm — Private Practice
– ABC Orders 9 New Series, Including an Alien Comedy and Connie Britton's Country Musical
– ABC Renews Scandal, Cancels GCB
– ABC Renews Private Practice, Don't Trust the B----, Body of Proof, and Last Man Standing
– ABC Cancels Pan Am, The River, and Missing
– ABC Renews Happy Endings for Season 3
– ABC Renews Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, and 7 More Shows
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