ABC cutting 'DWTS' to one night in fall schedule
May 14th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

ABC cutting 'DWTS' to one night in fall schedule

ABC is bringing in some big guns to shake up its 2013-14 schedule, revealing a lineup that the network said reflects its "innovation and stability."

As expected, ABC picked up Joss Whedon's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the spinoff "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland."  "S.H.I.E.L.D." will air on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET, launching a night of four new series, while "Wonderland" has the daunting task of battling "The X Factor" and "The Big Bang Theory" on Thursday nights at 8pm.

While eight new series are joining the ABC schedule, "Dancing with the Stars" will see its hours reduced starting this fall.  The long-running show will only air on Mondays from 8-10pm ET, with the results show integrated into the performance episodes.

"We had a strong development slate that allowed us to move 'Dancing' to one night," ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told reporters. "We think building the results show into the competition over a two-hour period will only help the series."  Lee also said "Dancing" was renewed for fall and spring cycles.

"The Neighbors" was also moved to Friday nights for its second season, while season three of "Suburgatory" will premiere sometime in the midseason.

Lee also spoke to fans of the critically-acclaimed but audience-starved sitcom "Happy Endings," which ABC canceled last week.  "I thought the show was on brand, but it was too narrow to continue."

Here's ABC 2013-14 primetime schedule.  All times Eastern, new shows in bold...


8:00 pm - "Dancing with the Stars"

10:00 pm - "Castle"


8:00 pm - "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

9:00 pm - "The Goldbergs"

9:30 pm - "Trophy Wife"

10:00 pm - "Lucky 7"


8:00 pm - "The Middle"

8:30 pm - "Back in the Game"

9:00 pm - "Modern Family"

9:30 pm - "Super Fun Night"


8:00 pm - "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

9:00 pm - "Grey's Anatomy"

10:00 pm - "Scandal"


8:00 pm - "Last Man Standing"

8:30 pm - "The Neighbors"

9:00 pm - "Shark Tank"

10:00 pm - "20/20"


College Football


7:00 pm - "America's Funniest Home Videos"

8:00 pm - "Once Upon a Time"

9:00 pm - "Revenge"

10:00 pm - "Betrayal"

The following are brief descriptions of the new shows...

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." - A worldwide law enforcement organization protects the ordinary from the extraordinary.  Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulsen from "The Avengers" and "Iron Man."

"The Goldbergs" - 80s nostalgia returns to the small screen in this sitcom featuring Jeff Garlin and George Segal.  The show centers around an 11-year-old capturing his family's loving, but crazy antics via video camera.

"Trophy Wife" - Malin Akerman is a newly-married ex-party girl dealing with three stepchildren and her husband's two ex-wives in this sitcom.  Bradley Whitford plays the husband, while Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins are the exes.

"Lucky 7" - A drama that looks at the daily lives of seven New York City gas station employees who are part of a lottery pool.

"Back in the Game" - Shades of "Bad News Bears" in this sitcom about a team of Little League misfits, the ex-softball player and divorcee (Maggie Lawson) who offers to coach them for the sake of her son, and her efforts to restore a relationship with her beer-guzzling, ex-baseball playing father (James Caan).

"Super Fun Night" - Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect") is an attorney trying to keep her weekly night out with friends going after 13 years, all while dealing with a promotion at work and a potential love interest.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" - The story of "Alice in Wonderland" gets a new treatment in this drama, featuring John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit.

"Betrayal" - A murder investigation puts lovers on opposite sides in this drama featuring James Cromwell, Henry Thomas and Stuart Townsend.

ABC's midseason schedule will feature the returns of "The Bachelor" and "The Taste," as well as the new competition series "The Quest," where contestants enter a "Lord of the Rings"-type world to become the surviving hero.

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  17. Lizard Lance

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    May 27, 2013 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  18. SloppyJoe

    Back to The Old Normal > pre judice, bigotry, hate-mongering, bullying...


    May 16, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. kelcut

    II don't watch DWTS anymore, but I think this is a great idea and other shows should follow suit (The Voice, American Idol). These shows drag things out way too long – 1 night is enough.

    May 16, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Beefburger

    Apparently "The New Normal" was not, is not, and will not be.

    May 16, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  21. amlowlife

    Agent Phil Coulsen from "The Avengers" and "Iron Man" is alive! Yea! He looked awfully dead in Avengers. Hope he gets his Super Hero trading cards back as part of the deal.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LucyRicardo

    Oh, great. Take off the shows we already enjoy and try to put some more crappy new shows in the lineup instead. Haven't we been tortured enough with Whitney, Up All Night, and more stupid shows like them?

    May 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      These sound like decent shows. After Splash, DWTS, Apprentice, etc, I don't think we need to watch celebrities do anything on TV besides act.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
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  24. Marly

    What about Body of Proof? One of the best dramas on TV. ABC is going to sitcoms with no balance of drama.

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    • Teli-Fone-

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      May 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      Body of Proof was canceled.

      May 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sac This

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      May 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      They ruined Body of Proof. Last Season was good. This season... Not so much.
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      Let this bad dog die...

      But, if we are going to have a ME show, I'm all for a remake / reboot of Quincy or Crossing Jordan.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  26. abcTEXAS

    What about Nashville?

    May 15, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Gobsmacked

      I checked and it will be renewed, but maybe it will be one of those shows that pops into the lineup after January 1? More and more the networks are doing that.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. VoteForPedro

    I suppose now American Idol will move back to Tues & Weds.

    May 15, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
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    Once upon a time AND Once upon a time in Wonderland? Someone hiccup at a meeting to name shows?
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    May 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Pliny

    That's because you're BORING, and a MORON, Margaret. I weep for your future.

    May 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Margaret

    Not for me...1 night a week is just fine.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Pliny

    One night a week is too frequent for this piece of crap show.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |

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