UPDATE 8:50 AM: For those of you were wondering why ABC would bench its newsmagazine 20/20 in November during an election year — that’s not gonna happen. ABC just issued a correction to its previously announced primetime schedule, with 20/20 staying put in the Friday 10 PM slot instead of Primetime: What Would You Do? which is going on hiatus.
PREVIOUS, 8 AM: ABC is launching 10 new series this coming season: 666 Park Avenue, The Family Tools, How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life), Last Resort, Malibu Country, Mistresses, Nashville, The Neighbors, Red Widow and Zero Hour. Five of them will premiere in the fall, the rest in midseason.
Dan Fogelman’s alien family comedy The Neighbors landed the coveted post-Modern Family slot for a block of single-camera comedies about unconventional families. Freshman soap Revenge was handed ABC’s signature Sunday 9 PM slot occupied for the last eight seasons by Desperate Housewives. It will lead into spooky new drama 666 Park Ave. co-starring Desperate Housewives‘ Vanessa Williams in her return to ABC Sunday night. After NBC moved The Voice results show from 9 PM to 8 PM, ABC is doing the same with the Dancing With The Stars results show, so the two franchises will go head-to-head again next fall. Also like NBC, ABC is opening a 9-10 PM comedy block on Tuesday (the network started comedies on the night this season at 8 PM). ABC plans to expand the Tuesday comedy block to two hours between the two cycles of Dancing in January with newbies How To Live With Your Parents and The Family Tools in the 8 PM hour.
As expected, ABC is pairing the new Reba McEntire comedy Malibu Country with Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing for a mini-TGIF revival from 8-9 PM on Friday. Bringing TGIF to ABC has been a passion idea for ABC topper Paul Lee, and a Friday slot for Malibu Country and Last Man Standing makes sense given the older appeal of both shows. But tinkering with ABC’s reality/newsmagazine lineup, which has been on fire this season — often finishing as No. 1 on the night — is risky.
The Shawn Ryan-produced new submarine thriller Last Resort was given the daunting Thursday 8 PM slot, where ABC has failed to successfully launch a new scripted series since Ugly Betty with such recent casualties as FlashForward, Charlie’s Angels and Missing. Shonda Rhimes’ Private Practice and Scandal are staying put in their spring slots, Tuesday and Thursday at 10 PM, respectively.
Here is ABC’s 2012-13 schedule (new shows in bold):
8 PM “Dancing with the Stars”
10 PM “Castle”
8 PM “The Bachelor”
10 PM “Castle”
8 PM “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
9 PM “Happy Endings”
9:30 PM “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”
10 PM “Private Practice”
8 PM “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”
8:30 PM “The Family Tools” (more…)