ABC to Add 13 New Series Expands to a second night of comedies

The Original Cast of Charlie's Angels | Source: ABC via Getty Images

Mirroring NBC, ABC will expand to a second night of comedies, with new Tuesday scripted half-hours Last Man Standing and Man Up leading into the returns of the live Dancing With the Stars Results Show and sophomore crime solver Body of Proof.

In total, ABC will add seven new series this fall (three comedies, four dramas), with changes impacting five nights of the week.  Monday’s combination of Dancing With the Stars and Castle and Saturday Night College Football will remain intact.

“We had two goals in mind when we set up our lineup: stability for returning hits and real ambition for the new shows,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group.  “But we are just as ambitious in midseason as we are in the fall and recognize this is a 52-week business.”

As rumored, recent low-rated comedy Happy Endings made the cut, inheriting the Wednesday 9:30 p.m. half-hour out of Modern Family (and in place of Cougar Town, which returns in midseason). The Middle will remain the Wednesday 8 p.m. anchor, leading into new sitcom Suburgatory. At 10 p.m., drama Revenge inherits the perennially troubled time period, which housed two failed dramas this past season: The Whole Truth and Off the Map. Also like NBC, ABC has wisely trimmed back its current three-hour midweek comedy block to two.

The much talked about revival of Charlie’s Angels will open Thursday, leading into the return combination of Grey’s Anatomy and spin-off Private Practice.  Veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which lost noticeable steam this season, moves into the Friday 8 p.m. time period, followed by relocated Shark Tank and long-running newsmagazine 20/20.

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