upfronts 2013

In Fourth Place for a Second Season, ABC Decides to Radically Remake Its Lineup

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Fourth-place ABC will radically overhaul its lineup next fall: It’s reducing Dancing with the Stars to a single night, launching a Tuesday lineup in which every show is new (anchored by Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and giving Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night the timeslot following Modern Family. Overall, the Alphabet is futzing with at least one timeslot on five of six nights of its Sunday through Friday schedule, leaving only Mondays untouched. And despite giving Suburgatory a third season order, the network has opted to leave the show off its fall lineup completely. Let’s take a quick look at the changes (full analysis to come later today).

Mondays are stable, but the big shift is that DWTS will now we cut back to just one night per week, with no results show. That’s how the show was launched during its first summer season, and perhaps ABC is hoping that will boost its flagging ratings. Tuesdays, ABC is hoping S.H.I.E.L.D can launched a wholly revamped night. It will lead into retro comedy The Goldbergs, followed by new comedy Trophy Wife and then lottery drama Lucky 7. ABC is once again overhauling its Wednesday satellite shows, with both The Neighbors and Suburgatory gone from the night. At 8:30, the network will air the sports-themed Back in the Game, while Wilson’s Super Fun Night airs at 9:30. On Thursdays, ABC has decided to keep Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal paired together at 9 and 10 on Thursdays, but give them a new lead-in: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a spinoff of the Sunday show. Fridays will still be anchored by Shark Tank, but The Neighbors gets to follow Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. And Sundays are mostly the same, but with the similarly-titled Betrayal now following Revenge.

ABC’s new fall schedule:


8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m. “Castle”


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”


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”


8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00 p.m. “Scandal”


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”


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


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”

ABC Blows Up Its Fall Schedule