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upfronts 2012

ABC Fall Schedule: Spreading Success Around

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ABC will move Revenge to Sundays and Happy Endings to Tuesdays this fall, shifting two of its most buzz-worthy shows in an attempt to spread their success across the schedule. Revenge will inherit the 9 p.m. Sunday slot long home to Desperate Housewives, with ABC hoping the huge lead-in supplied by freshman drama Once Upon a Time will turn Revenge from solid success (its Wednesday status) into legitimate hit. Happy will be paired with Don't Trust the B--- on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 p.m., echoing the network's announced plans from last fall. Other big shifts: ABC will launch family-friendly comedies on Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m. (anchored by Tim Allen's show), move Private Practice to Tuesdays at ten, and give the Jamie Gertz comedy The Neighbors the plum post–Modern Family slot on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. (with new sudser Nashville following at 10 p.m.). Complete schedule below, with more analysis later today.

MONDAY

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m. “Castle”

In January

8:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”

10:00 p.m. “Castle”

TUESDAY

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

9:00 p.m. “Happy Endings”

9:30 p.m. “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”

10:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

In January:

8:00 p.m. “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”

8:30 p.m. “The Family Tools”

WEDNESDAY

8:00 p.m. “The Middle”

8:30 p.m. “Suburgatory”

9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “The Neighbors”

10:00 p.m. “Nashville”

THURSDAY

8:00 p.m. “Last Resort”

9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00 p.m. “Scandal”

FRIDAY

8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

9:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

10:00 p.m. “20/20”

In November:

8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m. “Malibu Country”

9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

SATURDAY

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time

9:00 p.m. “Revenge”

10:00 p.m. “666 Park Avenue”

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