ABC's New Fall Schedule: 'Happy Endings' Moves to Time-Slot Death

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05.15.12 18 Comments

ABC will be returning next year with a whopping 10 new series. We will get to all of those series later today once the video previews are made available, and I’ll just say the one I’m most excited about is actually the country-music drama, but only because Connie Britton is involved. For now, we’ll just briefly go through the new schedule for next year.


8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” / “The Bachelor”

10:00 p.m.“Castle”

Nothing has changed here. “Dancing with the Stars” in the Fall,” followed by “The Bachelor” in the Spring.


8:00 p.m.“Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

9:00 p.m.“Happy Endings”

9:30 p.m.“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”

10:00 p.m.“Private Practice”

In January:

8:00 p.m.“How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”

8:30 p.m.“The Family Tools”

This is the exciting night, because ABC finally had the good sense to pair their thematically similar comedies, “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23” together. That’s an awesome hour of comedy. The one problem? They’re going up against “New Girl” and the “Mindy Kaling Project” on Fox, which probably means they’re going to get squashed. It also means a lot of DVR juggling, and for a lot of us — especially once “Justified,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Parenthood,” and “Southland” return — Tuesdays are going to be a scheduling sh*tshow.

Two new sitcoms will replace the “Dancing with the Stars” result show in January. I’m kind of hoping that the two new sitcoms will be terrible so I won’t have to bother watching them.


8:00 p.m.“The Middle”

8:30 p.m.“Suburgatory”

9:00 p.m.“Modern Family”

9:30 p.m.“The Neighbors”

10:00 p.m.“Nashville”

Two new changes here: A new sitcom at 9:30, and “Nashville” takes “Revenge’s” slot. More on “Nashville” and “The Neighbors” later today.


8:00 p.m.“Last Resort”

9:00 p.m.“Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00 p.m.“Scandal”

“Last Resort” is new, and Shonda Rhimes “Scandal” is returning. It’s basically a three-hour block of fairly high-rated television that nobody I know actually watches.


8:00 p.m.“Shark Tank”

9:00 p.m.“Primetime: What Would You Do?”

10:00 p.m.“20/20”

Don’t care. Don’t care. Don’t care.

In November:

8:00 p.m.“Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m.“Malibu Country”

9:00 p.m.“Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m.“Primetime: What Would You Do?”

HaHa! Tim Allen’s show got moved to Friday, along with Reba McEntire’s new show, for what ABC is calling it’s new TGIF block. That’s they’re way of trying to make Tim Allen feel better about the fact that nobody is going to watch his show now.


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

Go Razorbacks (or insert your own Top 10 Ranked Alma Mater).


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.“666 Park Avenue”

23 years for “American’s Funniest Home Videos.” That’s painful. “Revenge” is more suitable to Sunday night and, bonus, easier to ignore on a night that’s already full of top-notch programming. “666 Park Avenue” is the new drama, in which Terry O’Quinn plays the Devil or something. I’m sure it will be terrible.

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