Spinning off the success that has been "Modern Family," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Grey's Anatomy," ABC on Tuesday announced its slate of new primetime shows for 2011-12.
The network is hoping fantasy, superheroes and fairy tales go over big with audiences, and has cleared the slate with several cancellations to make room for their new offerings.
"The real power of ABC is our storytelling," said ABC's new entertainment president, Paul Lee, during Tuesday's upfronts presentation. "ABC always leads with emotion and with character. Our shows are smart and they have a huge amount of heart. I think our brand of uplifting entertainment could not be more relevant for this time."
Lee went on that "In challenging times, audiences have always turned to stories about superheroes, about monsters, about fairy tales. We love screwball comedy, we yearn for the glory days and we crave pure entertainment."
There will be plenty of eye candy for viewers on Thursday nights with the "Charlie's Angels" reboot (executive produced by Drew Barrymore), which will be followed by "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
Sunday nights will feature the modern day meets fairy tale "Once Upon a Time" and will also be tinged with more nostalgia courtesy the decidedly "Mad Men" like show "Pan Am," which is about stewardesses in the 1960s and stars Christina Ricci.
Tim Allen returns in the comedy "Last Man Standing" on Tuesdays followed by "Man Up," a sitcom about a group of friends trying to get in touch with their inner man.
Wednesday nights will feature newcomers "Suburgatory" and "Revenge."
Midseason shows include "Missing," starring Ashley Judd; "The River;" a drama from the creator and executive producers of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" titled "Scandal"; comedy series "Work It"; and the now bitch-less "Apartment 23" and "Good Christian Belles."
ABC's fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times are eastern and new shows are bolded):
8:00 p.m. - "Dancing with the Stars"
10:00 p.m. - "Castle"
8:00 p.m. - "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m. - "Man Up"
9:00 p.m. - "Dancing with the Stars" (results show)
10:00 p.m. - "Body of Proof"
8:00 p.m. - "The Middle"
8:30 p.m. - "Suburgatory"
9:00 p.m. - "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. - "Happy Endings"
10:00 p.m. - "Revenge"
8:00 p.m. - "Charlie's Angels"
9:00 p.m. - "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 p.m. - "Private Practice"
8:00 p.m. - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
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. - "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 p.m. - "Pan Am"
Dont care won't be watching.You don't care about are feelings so we don't care about yours.Even putting soaps on the intenet doesn't help,Low in come.assised livung a big population will be out'When they go off tv they go off for me'.I will no loger have a reason to watch abc only for local news a half hour a day.Done deleted Gma ,regis and Kelly and The Veiw.I will not help you in ratings
ABC is a big disappointment. I can't believe they think that this is what people want. Save our Soaps! ABC SUCKS!
It will be something that is really good, and the moment you cant stop watching it, thats when they will pull it. Just like everything else they do with shows that are out of the box. They need someone to run this company that has a BRAIN.
We don't like you Jen. Get off this site. We want emma as a regular, not you.
ABC Sucks...Soaps and Brothers & Sisters...
all my fun gone down the drain...
guess I'll just pop in my Rick Springfield collections (various shows/movies)...Netflix will be busy
Where's Cougar Town?!
ABC is leaving in a fantasy if they think anyone is going to watch this crapola.
ABC had a charming fantatsy show called Pushing Daisies and tehy cancelled it.
Im so looking forward to the new gay kweer lineup. I will get many boys to hump me.
Another comment I wanted to make, Greys Anatomy is on one week, reruns to weeks, and back on, you have to watch schedule carefully to see when it is going to be new, almost same with Housewifes. Its on again, off again. Almost like Lost was, which I never watched.
I am done with ABC, between the 2 soaps and Brothers and Sisters, which I like more than Desperate Housewifes, has been cancelled, there is nothing left that is acutally any good. don't give me a hard time about the soaps, I work full time and record these. I can't believe The Middle and some of the other stupid comedies have been left on.
It sounds like an ok lineup to me. Better than NBCS . Im looking forward to PanAm and the new Challies Angels. They probably wont be great but will be something to watch. Happy Wednesday.
I wanted 2 kill sum1 4 canceling Detroit 187 ! Man I miss dat show!
Abc has gotten awful. Actually most of the major networks have. Can't get invested in a show, cause they cancel them .
They better not cancel castle or grey's that's the only good thing worth watching on ABC
I don't care what new ABC shows they announced during their Upfront; I will no longer watch ABC after they cancelled 4 of my shows in the last 4 weeks. No thank you. Boycott ABC!
@Sunshine Girl. Enough already. What happened to ProfessionalBlackGirl?
No doubt, Sunshine Girl, Charlies Angels...ugh! WTH is this pan am show, really? I do like Christina Ricci, though. Hopefully Grey's & Des Housewives doesn't get cancelled.
New lineup doesnt look any better than the old one. Another Charlies Angels? Jesus get real! Tv is getting so bad these days its a wonder anyone watches it anymore. Tv needs some serious originality.
Wait! I've been hacked! I think its twisted. Beware!
FYI ya’ll Vee is the same person as Sunshine Girl, B lo me, twisted, head diva in charge, Yo!!, I am batman, @N and a few others yet to be exposed… careful out there
Can't wait to see this! Love the idea
ABC suck a$$.their network is an a$$.
A good football game is always a safe bet
abc = Already Been Cancelled
bets on how many of these new shows will be binned with in 3months or less
YES!! More gayness for the Ho~Mo in us all!!
This would be a good time for that 70s item.. The T.V. brick... .
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