Following NBC and Fox unveiling their Fall 2013 schedules over the past couple days, ABC has done so too as upfronts week, during which networks present their new shows to advertisers, continues. Of note to comedy fans is that the new sitcoms The Goldbergs, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin, and Trophy Wife, starring Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford, are being put in the Tuesday 9pm block where Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- were last season. They’ll have a much stronger lead-in than those shows had, though, with the high-profile Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airing right before them instead of the anemic Dancing with the Stars. ABC’s other new comedies, James Caan’s Back in the Game and Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night are being slid into the network’s popular Wednesday night sitcom block with the latter landing the desirable post-Modern Family timeslot. Suburgatory and new comedy Mixology are being held for midseason.
Check out the full fall schedule (new shows are in bold) and descriptions of the new comedies below:
MONDAY:8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”10:00 p.m. “Castle”TUESDAY:8:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”9:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”9:30 p.m. “Trophy Wife”10:00 p.m. “Lucky 7”WEDNESDAY:8:00 p.m. “The Middle”8:30 p.m. “Back in the Game”9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”9:30 p.m. “Super Fun Night”10:00 p.m. “Nashville”THURSDAY:8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”10:00 p.m. “Scandal”FRIDAY:8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”8:30 p.m. “The Neighbors”9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”10:00 p.m. “20/20”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. “Betrayal”
Premise: A Wonder Years-esque dysfunctional family comedy set in the 1980s.
Created by: Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In)
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Hayley Orrantia, Darien Provost, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone
Premise: A woman finds herself with an instant family after falling in love with a guy with three kids and two ex-wives.
Created by: Emily Halpern (Private Practice)
Produced by: Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (The Office)
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Scott Lee, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
Back in the Game
Premise: A recently divorced single mom moves in with her estranged dad and starts coaching her son’s little league team.
Created by: Mark and Robb Cullen (Cop Out)
Starring: James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, Lenora Crichlow, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
Super Fun Night
Premise: Three nerdy ladies set out to have fun every Friday night.
Created by: Rebel Wilson
Executive Produced by: Conan O’Brien
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira
Premise: Single people search for love in a Manhattan bar.
Created by: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (21 & Over)
Starring: Kate Simses, Ginger Gonzaga, Blake Lee, Andrew Santino, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies, Craig Frank, Alexis Carra, Sarah Bolger, Adan Canto