May 17th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
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"
8:00 p.m. - "Last Man Standing"
8:00 p.m. - "The Middle"
8:00 p.m. - "Charlie's Angels"
8:00 p.m. - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
8:00 p.m. - "Saturday Night College Football"
7:00 p.m. - "America's Funniest Home Videos"
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