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ABC's 2012-2013 Schedule: Revenge Moves to Sundays, Comedy Expands to Tuesdays and Fridays

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.


MONDAY

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.


TUESDAY

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.


WEDNESDAY

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.


THURSDAY

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

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.


SUNDAY

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.


Extra notes:
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)


MONDAY (fall)

 8pm - 10pm — Dancing With the Stars
10pm - 11pm — Castle

MONDAY (midseason)

 8pm - 10pm — The Bachelor
10pm - 11pm — Castle


TUESDAY (fall)

8pm - 9pm — Dancing With the Stars Results Show
9pm - 9:30pm — Happy Endings
9:30pm - 10pm — Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
10pm — 11pm — Private Practice

TUESDAY (midseason)

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


WEDNESDAY

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

9pm - 9:30pm — Modern Family
9:30pm - 10pm — THE NEIGHBORS

10pm - 11pm — NASHVILLE


THURSDAY

8pm - 9pm — LAST RESORT
9pm - 10pm — Grey's Anatomy

10pm - 11pm — Scandal


FRIDAY

 8pm - 9pm — Shark Tank
9pm - 10pm — Primetime: What Would You Do?

10pm - 11pm — 20/20

FRIDAY (starting in November)

 8pm - 8:30pm — Last Man Standing
8:30pm - 9pm — MALIBU COUNTRY
9pm - 10pm — Shark Tank

10pm - 11pm — 20/20


SUNDAY

8pm - 9pm — Once Upon a Time
9pm - 10pm — Revenge

10pm - 11pm — 666 PARK AVENUE



RELATED STORIES:
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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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I hate that REVENGE is moving to Sunday, that already has too many good shows - MAD MEN, THE GOOD WIFE, MASTERPIECE THEATRE, VEEP - how am I going to fit REVENGE in with all those?
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Well I was not rely concerned for Castle but i still want it back for years to come to i am satisfied for now. I gladly take Body of prof for a season more to.

I like ABC for sticking to classical soft tv action, a bit smooth and glitzy.
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Do not see anything and since they cancelled GCB guess I wont be flipping to their channel
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For me football is king, and on Sundays it's going to be DVR (at best) the Sunday night fare...though when it's up against stuff from, say, AMC or maybe HBO...well let's just say I'm disappointed in the move because it means I'll be more likely to have to make tough decisions and Revenge - which I enjoy - will probably draw the short straw.
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Once upon a time and I'll give a try to Last resort
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Thank God for DVRs!!
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This is why I don't sleep and have two DVRs. I don't hate these moves! Even though they're kind of clashing with some other stuff. And Sunday is beginning to rival Thursdays and sometimes Tuesdays with being one of the best nights of tv during the week.
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Me too!
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Unless "The Walking Dead" changes its timeslot, there is going to be a conflict in our home; however, I'm sure that we can watch TWD and my husband can catch "Revenge" On Demand (I hate that show but he loves it). I'm just glad that OUaT is still 8:00; our daughters love it.
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"The Walking Dead" usually repeats later on that night.
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HAPPY ENDINGS!!!



... better not get screwed by New Girl. As much as I kinda like it, Happy Endings is SO much better.
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As it stands the only conflict is Happy Endings and Apt. 23 on Tuesdays, as that's when L.A. Complex comes on.
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The LA Complex isn't coming back on CW next year. It's nowhere on their schedule for the fall or midseason.
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Tim Allen on Fridays? I don't know about that one. Moving a sure thing on Tuesdays to a night that doesn't seem likely to make a comeback. Haven't we seen this fail many times before? So what if it has the right audience for that night, so did George Lopez and Hope and Faith the last time TGIF was brought back. And that was never successful; every year the lineup was changed until they finally gave up on it. Sounds questionable, ABC.
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Castle, OUaT, and Last Resort will be my only ABC shows.
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Revenge to Sunday feels like a mistake
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New Girl beats out Happy Endings.
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My Sundays are getting so packed...
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could you please preface your airing times with the time zone you are advertising!
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It's always eastern, or New York, time. You'll need to adjust from there. In my area, 8pm is 7pm.
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666 Park Avenue looks like the only thing I'll check out. Last season had a couple thing that made the network more attractive, this season they have almost nothing. I think they're really trying to reach fourth place this year.
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I love ABC's schedule so far. Sucks that they put Revenge on Sundays (since I have too many shows already)...but everything in the schedule makes sense.
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I think How to Live..., Malibu Country, and Neighbors will eventually fail.



Oddly, I think Family Tools may do well, if written well, as the cast is fairly good, but who knows? It's a toss-up for me.



Last Resort will probably start strong, but get tedious and/or boring over time. Should be like LOST and have a finite end in sight. I could say the same for Zero Hour. Shows like these should all be done as LOST was. I would rather a 13 to 22 episode done-in-one season (or more, if absolutely required) story than have it dragged out season after season with so much needless filler trying to stretch it out and confusing things.



Nashville may be a toss-up as well. It all depends on how well written and intriguing it is (true of any show) plus how good the music is. If little or no music or the performances go off the rails in some way, or the supposed rivalry between Connie and Hayden gets old fast, then kiss it goodbye. As it looks now, it seems boring or needless despite a somewhat interesting cast.



On the surface, 666 Park Avenue looks OK, but it's another that could go either way. For me, the casting seems more based on popularity and/or looks than substance with possible exception of O'Quinn. Is it serious supernatural or is it going to be a nighttime soap opera?



Unless a mid-season replacement, I am surprised Mistresses is not taking over for Desperate Housewives. This may actually do well as such, but again, it depends on writing, etc. Odds may improve with possible pairing with Revenge.
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Revenge on a Sunday? Hmmmm.....Comedy on a Friday what is this the 1990's. Last Man Standing on a Friday sucks ABC.
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I think its a little weird pairing OUaT with Revenge, because one is sweet and one is sour.
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But they're both SPICY!
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Sweet - Once Upon a Time

Sour - Revenge

Spicy - 666 Park Avenue
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Haha!



Hilarious - TheBam711
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Happy Endings vs New Girl, my vote for Happy endings, but I still hate to see shows I like fighting each other. Can't we all just get along? it doesn't matter because in reality we are going to dvr or watch online or download them anyway because no one likes commercials, so the winner is Tuesdays.
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I watched an episode or two of Happy Endings. I didn't watch more because I didn't think it was going to last this long. I'm not saying I didn't like it, I just didn't want to get into the show if it was just going to get dumped in the middle of the season. With all of the recent season finales, I can now catch up with Happy Endings! With that said: Happy Endings vs. New Girl? Can't say, but I really love New Girl.



It's a good move to Sundays for Revenge (even though I stopped watching). It'll fit right in.
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I think Season 2 of Happy Endings was excellent and very funny, so I think you'll have a great time catching up on it. I think at the moment it's clearly ahead of New Girl, which is also good.
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On funniness alone, Happy Endings dominates New Girl. That's not to say New Girl isn't funny, because it is. It's just that Happy Endings is hilarious!



BUT



Let's not forget about the Zooey factor. She is probably the cutest, most adorable leading lady on TV. I would probably watch New Girl just for her, even if the show sucked.



This is a tough one.
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Great. I can't wait. It's not often you can say a show is hilarious!



The episode I remember watching was about a 'staycation'. (Episode 2 of season 6).



"Meet the Parrots" - I have a feeling I'm going to love that episode.
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Haha! You are definitely going to love that episode. It's not often you can say a parrot is hilarious!
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Sweet. I love birds... especially funny ones. "Sunny's funny" (my UN... Sunny was a bird)



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That is basically the only reason it is still on TV. But I really hate New Girl.
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@Mate - I said how in my 2 hour post...



(the reply button is missing to your last post)
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I don't think so. I forget Zooey is in it (even though I love her). The guys steal the show IMO.
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Really?! How?
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putting Malibu Country against Community is a bad idea, now I'll probably watch Touch and watch the comedies later on or something because I hate how networks like to pit shows against each other. and Happy Endings against New Girl is even more stupid, Community and Maliby Country probably won't share a lot of the same audience but I think New Girl and Happy Endings have a fair amount of the same. and here's hoping ABC airs the Happy Endings episode as part of season 3 because there's an episode they didn't air here but is getting aired in the UK this week.



I'll continue watching OUAT, Revenge, Castle, Happy Endings, Apartment 23, The Middle, Suburgatory, and I guess Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy even though I'm almost ready to give up on those two.. and I'll watch The Neighbors and Malibu Country and probably check out Nashville because of Connie Britton.
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Happy Endings against New Girl? Hope Happy Endings wins!
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Happy Endings VS. New Girl = New Girl gets a bye bye faster than you can say Work It. And the bitch will be a bitch for Fox.
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Shake ups indeed. And honestly, I could not have scheduled it better myself. Great moves, all around, ABC.
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Agreed and *tacklehugs* Wait...was that innapropriate? My bad. Where have you been?!
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LAST RESORT looks interesting, but i'm sure it'll get canceled.



i'm trying not to watch anything new since my only new show i watched this season and was really good was AWAKE and it's already canceled.
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guess they didnt want to pick up "Americana" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2255731/



i saw the pilot and it was decent...but it was mainly a chick show.



why isnt on the Leftovers section?
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Sounds like I am down to Tuesdays and Thursdays next season with ABC.
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Sounds great.



Happy Endings is way stronger than B in 23. And as for how it will do against Fox's tuesday at 9-10. Well in a just world. It would crush the utterly craptastic New Girl and the not so good looking Mindy. But in a just world, Community would be crushing Big Bang Theory at thursday at 8. To compare Happy Endings which pushes the boundaries of sitcoms and comedy in general to New Girl and their toilet humor and it being the Zooey and three forgettable guys show. Would be easy. Anyone on the Happy Endings show has more talent then the whole of New Girl combined.



As for Revenge, I have watched it a couple times and it is all right. Not my thing but I can see why people like it. It could be paired with Once Upon A time. They are kind of similar in the back stabbing and such. 666 park is what I am looking forward to.



As for friday night comedy. Yes. Put the family friendly stuff on friday where it belongs. And if Modern Family doesn't shape up, put them there as well.
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Really harsh on New Girl, Mate. I also thought it looked kind of silly, but then fellow TV.com member (and TV genius), TheBam711, recommended it to me, I gave it a try, and I ended up loving it.
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I did. It lost me when they used an actual toilet spraying Jess as a comedy device. Bringing a literal interpretation of the terms "toilet humor". I simply can't watch a show that has to do that in their first season. Plus I can't stand any of the characters especially Jess. Breaking In (first season) was better than it. And out of all of the comedy shows that came forth this season, and were not cancelled aside from Whitney, New Girl is worst. If it didn't have zooey I don't think it would exist. And because of that it shouldn't.

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Schmidt? Forgettable? Really?
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What can I say? Opinions and stuff ...
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True. At least we can agree on Happy Endings. And Fringe. And probably a lot more than that. Just not New Girl for me.
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oh nevermind about cougar town



it's on TBS.
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I watch only Happy endings - the best sitcom nowadays (because Community is not a sitcom, but something more...).

And I'm starting to live Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, it's getting better and better!
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smoracom?
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Tuesday - I really feel like these results shows are a closed-circuit system, they're absolutely never going to bring in new viewers, which leaves the shows that they lead into suffering. Happy Endings and The Bitch are a good combo together, but they will not flourish here unfortunately because it's the 8pm Tuesday slot that's so ripe for the picking, and midseason is too late to nab it. Private Practice isn't getting anything out of this either, although it's clear they're going for the females 18-50 rating for Tuesdays. I suspect ABC's Tuesday will defeat Fox's Tuesday, but it won't be a slam dunk.



Wednesday - Putting The Neighbors on after Modern Family is either a huge mistake or a sign that someone believes in it (or both), but more family-style comedy is a safe move. Nashville will not survive very long in this slot, I predict it being low-rated and too expensive, shuffled off to Friday death zones 6 to 8 weeks after premiere. The sad part is that Wednesday 10pm is really thin right now and could be taken, NBC has Chicago Fire and CBS is still gonna be CSI, a stronger ABC show could have ruined them.



Thursday - Too much drama, looks offputting. It'll hold its own, except maybe Last Resort which I cannot imagine will go the distance just based on being a large expensive cast and a huge bummer of a concept and a weak title.



Friday - ABC is trying to reinvent Friday Family TV, that's smart. I suspect it'll lose ratings at the 8pm to 9pm for a while though, sitcoms generally don't do great here.



Sunday - Hmm, sounds like the network put too much money into Sunday and are going to try to squeeze a lot of out of that night, which will put pressure on those shows. I suspect 666 Park Avenue will fall mid-season and maybe get Once Upon a Time pushed off the sched for a month or so.
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Last Resort looks interesting, now that Community is on Fridays, I can watch both! :D
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happy endings is great. glad it got a full run



is cougar town a mid-season start? didnt see it on the schedule, but saw it was renewed on the other section of whats renewed/canceled.
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Cougar Town has moved to TBS!



This season will finish on ABC, and the next season (in early 2013) will start on TBS.
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Happy Endings is by far the better show.
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Great move for Revenge - Sundays continue to be strong,, , looking forward for 666 PARK AVENUE. Private practice will enjoy its last season cause is no longer paired with greys anatomy, Scandal is a week show, that in my opinion it won't last for a third season even though it's paired with GA. Last man standing even though it's moved on a Friday, I think that Friday suits the show and it will do good.
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Man, I worry for Revenge, the competition on Sundays is tough. But I think the show is good enough to keep its' viewers.

Also, Game of Thrones will be on hiatus by the time the new schedule starts (right?), so that's good timing.

Go Revenge!

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I really hope Happy Endings does well on Tuesdays. Pairing it with Apartment 23 was a great move, but going against New Girl might be tough, even though its a lot funnier.
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it was said on SpoilerTV that Mistresses will be premiering in May 2013.
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This upcoming season should be titled "The Year of Comedies" No joke.



Tuesdays have now become my most crowded night. How did that happen!?



You don't only have Fox's Comedy line up going up against ABC's new Tuesday comedy line up, but you've also got NBC in the mix with their new comedies as well! It's going to be an all out WAR!
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Wait, wait, I've got it!



A Clash of Comedies!
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HAHAHAHA!
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When will the trailers be put up do you think?
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Not that hopeful for LAST RESORT -- and title is inadvertently funny. Expect is to be this year's 'high-concept disaster' like FF, TERRA NOVA, THE EVENT, etc, ad nauseam. 666 might be a sleeper hit -- if they play it with a light touch -- SUPERNATURAL, CASTLE, REAPER. Go too heavy and goodbye. NASHVILLE, who knows.



On the midseason shows, MISTRESSES is unlikely to click, underwhelming fans of the British show and not attracting many viewers on its own, unless it gets GREAT buzz. RED WIDOW sounds both dreary and unattractive -- enough conspiracy shows aready. Snd ZERO HOUR, by description sounds like a $7 video game without the fun of solving the puzzles. Again, execution could save it, but expect too much cuteness, too many in jokes, and no depth.
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Revenge vs The Good Wife. How do you choose between children?
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This is why I have two DVRs. No joke. My Sundays are getting as packed as my Thursdays now.
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You DVR one of them.
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But then you're showing favoritism. *whispers* the kids always know when you show favoritism. And a howdy partner...how have you been? I've been missing your witty one liners! : )
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I love the pairing of Happy Endings & Don't Trust the B----. That's a solid hour of comedy! I also love that Tuesday nights are no longer going to be suckiest of the week. With New Girl and Raising Hope (new additions to my viewing retinue thanks to TheBam), and the aforementioned ABC shows, Tuesdays are going to rock!
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Hell yeah! That's not all though. The other nights of the week have an insane amount of good shows as well. Fridays: Community, Fringe, Nikita, Touch, Boss Still need to check out: Spartacus and Supernatural
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I agree... There was nothing watch tuesday nights this season. I like this new line up.
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Didn't private practice only get 13 episodes? Doesn't seem like it should last without a midseason replacement.

Here's hoping 666 Park is good and locks in a super solid sunday block.
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Happy Endings, Once Upon A Time, The Last Resort, Zero Hour.. The first two are already classics and the latter two look amazing !
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Not quite sure how I feel about Revenge moving to Sunday. On the plus, it's behind OUAT, so it won't be hard to bring in the viewers, but unless they'll be going on hiatus during all the award shows, they have the potential to be screwed, and I don't want Revenge to get screwed over!
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