ABC Reveals Fall Schedule

Premiere dates for new and returning series are set

ABC officially unveiled its fall schedule yesterday, including premiere dates for new and returning shows.

The 19th season of Dancing With the Stars will kick off the new season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Sept. 15. ABC will then air a preview of new series Forever on Sept. 22, with the show making its regular time slot debut the next day, following the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC's Wednesday night lineup begins on Sept. 24, including new series Black-ish in the 9:30 slot. The Middle will kick off the night at 8, followed by The Goldbergs and Modern Family. Nashville will round out the night, following the series premiere of Black-ish.

Grey's Anatomy will premiere Thursday, Sept. 25, followed by the return of Scandal and the series premiere of legal drama How to Get Away With Murder. Once Upon a Time, Resurrection and Revenge will all roll out on Sunday, Sept. 28. Castle follows on Sept. 29, and comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story get their series premieres on the 30th. Last Man Standing (Friday, Oct. 3) and new sitcom Cristela (Oct. 10) will bring up the rear.

ABC will continue with its split-season approach, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "with fairy-tale musical comedy Galavant taking over Once Upon a Time's 8 p.m. Sunday slot, and Agent Carter taking over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s home in between breaks."

A notable absence from ABC's fall lineup is canceled comedy Trophy Wife. ABC President Paul Lee spent some time defending that decision at yesterday's Television Critics Association fall previews, TV Guide reports. "We tried hard to create really promotable episodes and still couldn't bring any people to it," Lee said. "We did try some repeats [on Wednesdays]. Wherever we put it, it just didn't connect with an audience and we are sad."

Lee was very excited, however, by the network's new comedy slate, noted for its diversity and tackling of racial and cultural issues. "It is a mission statement to reflect America. We think that's our job," Lee told TV Guide. "There's not so much diversity as authenticity when you're reflecting America. We went out of our way to approach some of the best storytellers and when they come in with specificity and bring you stories that are authentic … you really have no other option but to pick them up."

Below is a complete list of ABC's fall premieres, with new series in bold, courtesy of CNN:


Monday, Sept. 15

8:00-10:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars

Monday, Sept. 22

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Forever (Special Sneak Preview)

Tuesday, Sept. 23

9:00-10:00 p.m.: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Forever (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 24

8:00-8:30 p.m.: The Middle

8:30-9:00 p.m.: The Goldbergs

9:00-9:30 p.m.: Modern Family

9:30-10:00 p.m.: Black-ish

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Nashville

Thursday, Sept. 25

8:00-9:00 p.m.: Grey's Anatomy

9:00-10:00 p.m.: Scandal

10:00-11:00 p.m.: How to Get Away With Murder

Friday, Sept. 26

8:00-10:00 p.m.: Shark Tank

10:00-11:00 p.m.: 20/20

Sunday, Sept. 28

8:00-9:00 p.m.: Once Upon a Time

9:00-10:00 p.m.: Resurrection

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Revenge

Monday, Sept. 29

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Castle

Tuesday, Sept. 30

8:00-8:30 p.m.: Selfie

8:30-9:00 p.m.: Manhattan Love Story

Friday, Oct. 3

8:00-9:00 p.m.: Last Man Standing

9:00-10:00 p.m.: Shark Tank (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 5

7:00-8:00 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos

Friday, Oct. 10

8:30-9:00 p.m.: Cristela