ABC unveils 2011-12 fall schedule


ABC hopes 13 is its lucky number. The network has picked up a baker’s dozen new shows to populate its fall and midseason schedule, which includes opening a new comedy block.

Mondays will stay the same with Dancing With the Stars and Castle. Tuesdays will open with a comedy hour that includes Tim Allen’s new sitcom, Last Man Standing, paired with another new comedy, Man Up. Wednesdays adds new comedy Suburgatory, plus soap thriller, Revenge, at 10 p.m., with Cougar Town shifting to midseason and Happy Endings getting the Modern Family lead-in. Charlie’s Angels will go into Thursdays at 8 p.m., starting the night for Grey’s Anatomy. Longtime Sunday-night reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition moves to Fridays, giving Shark Tank a strong reality opening act for the first time. Sunday sees Pan Am flying into the Brothers and Sisters spot after Desperate Housewives, while fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time goes into 8 p.m.

Surprisingly, some of the new shows that received the most online buzz are not joining the network until midseason — Good Christian Belles, Apartment 23 and The River. ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told reporters he expects to expand the network’s new Tuesday comedy block to two hours in midseason — giving the network back-to-back nights of two-hour comedy blocks. Asked about canceling Brothers and Sisters, Lee said, the drama “had a great run … the finale was a great last episode and we felt it was time.”

See the first glamorous photos of Pan Am here, and some new Charlie’s Angels action shots here. And here are video clips of all ABC’s new fall shows.

ABC’s fall lineup, below, new shows in red. (And for those who missed them, here’s NBC’s schedule and Fox’s schedule). More to come…

ABC Fall Primetime Schedule

***New shows in red

Day 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Mon Dancing with the Stars Castle
Tue Last Man Standing Man Up Dancing with the Stars (Results Show) Body of Proof
Wed The Middle Suburgatory Modern Family Happy Endings Revenge
Thu Charlie’s Angels Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice
Fri Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Shark Tank 20/20
Sun America’s Funniest Home Videos (Airs 7 – 8 )/Once Upon a Time (Airs 8 – 9) Desperate Housewives Pan Am





Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels… Charlie’s Angels.

Set in Miami, this fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels, all fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends. There’s Abby (Rachael Taylor), a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief. Then there’s Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiancé. Finally there’s Gloria, a disgraced army lieutenant who has a way with explosives. When one of the angels’ missions ends in Gloria’s tragic death, Charlie persuades them to partner with Gloria’s childhood friend, Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past. They may not know each other yet, but one thing’s for sure — Abby, Kate and Eve will always have each others’ backs.

“Charlie’s Angels” stars Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital”) as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) as Eve, Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez (“The Wire,” “Daybreak”) as Bosley.

Written and executive-produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Smallville”), “Charlie’s Angels” is also executive-produced by Drew Barrymore (“Charlie’s Angels” movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original “Charlie’s Angels”) and Nancy Juvonen (“Charlie’s Angels” movies). It’s directed and executive-produced by Marcos Siega (“Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”). “Charlie’s Angels” is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.


The soap returns to Dallas in this wicked new drama that shows that you can go home again… but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past.

Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school “mean girl,” is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago, but as her old classmates reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will her home town welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? No one in this town is a saint, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a heart. As Amanda and her teenage kids try to adjust to their new lives, the ladies from her past alternate between sympathy and scheming.

“Good Christian Belles” stars Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man”) as Amanda Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”) as Carlene Cockburn, Annie Potts (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,”
“Joan of Arcadia”) as Gigi Stopper, Jennifer Aspen (“Rodney”) as Sharon Peacham, Miriam Shor (“Swingtown” “Damages”) as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, Marisol Nichols (“24”) as Heather Cruz, Brad Beyer (“Jericho”) as Zack Peacham, Mark Deklin (“Lone Star”) as Blake Reilly and David James Elliott (“JAG”) as Ripp Cockburn.

Based on Kim Gatlin’s hit book, Good Christian Bitches, “Good Christian Belles” is executive-produced by Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), Robert Harling (“Steel Magnolias”) and Aaron Kaplan. The pilot is written by Robert Harling and executive-produced and directed by Alan Poul. “Good Christian Belles” is produced by ABC Studios.


Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd) learns that her son, Michael, disappears while studying abroad, and it’s a race against time when she travels to Europe to track him down. A surprising turn of events reveals just how far one mother will go to protect her family. Exotic locations and thrilling twists will keep you riveted in “Missing.”

How far would you go to save the only thing you have left in the world? At 8 years old, Michael watched as his father, CIA Agent Paul Winstone, was murdered. Now 10 years later, Paul’s wife, Becca, is faced with the reality of her son growing up. When Michael is afforded the opportunity to study abroad, his mother reluctantly agrees it’s time to let him go. Just a few weeks into his trip Michael disappears, and Becca immediately suspects foul play. When she arrives in Rome, she begins piecing together the clues left behind. It isn’t long before the kidnappers realize they’ve picked a fight with the wrong woman. Becca Winstone has a secret of her own — before Paul’s death, she was also a lethal CIA Agent. But if she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends and reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test – but a mother’s love knows no limits.

“Missing” stars Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy,” “Kiss the Girls”) as Becca Winstone, Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Winstone, Cliff Curtis (“Trauma”) as Dax, Adriano Giannini (“Oceans Twelve”) as Giancarlo, Nick Eversman (“Cinema Verite”) as Michael Winstone and Tereza Voriskova (“Borgia”) as Oksana.

“Missing” comes from writer Gregory Poirier (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets”) and executive producers Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo (“The Gates”), Steve Shill (Emmy winner for directing “Dexter” who will direct episodes of “Missing”) and James Parriott (“Sons of Anarchy”). “Missing” is produced by Stillking Films.


From the inventive minds of “Lost” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide.

And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It’s a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”) as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison (“House MD”) as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monty,” “Trainspotting,” “SGU Stargate Universe”) as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham, Jared Gilmore (“Mad Men”) as Henry, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie.

“Once Upon a Time” was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who are also executive producers, along with Steve Pearlman (ABC’s “V”). The pilot is directed and executive-produced by Mark Mylod (“Entourage”). “Once Upon a Time” is from ABC Studios.


Passion, jealousy and espionage… They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in this thrilling and highly-original new series.

In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are glamorous, the pilots are rock stars and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking, but to represent Pan Am they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They’re trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances – all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair. There’s Dean (Jonah Lotan) – a cocky, charismatic and ambitious new pilot – the first of a new breed not trained in the war. On the sly against company policy, he’s dating Bridget, a stunning beauty with a mysterious past. A rebellious bohemian, Maggie (Christina Ricci) turns into a buttoned up professional for work so she can see the world. Rounding out the crew are flirtatious Collette (Karine Vanasse), the adventurous Kate (Kelli Garner) and, finally, Laura (Margot Robbie) – Kate’s beauty queen younger sister, a runaway bride, who recently fled a life of domestic boredom to take to the skies.

“Pan Am” stars Christina Ricci (“Penelope”) as Maggie, Kelli Garner (“Going the Distance”) as Kate, Karine Vanasse (“Polytechnique”) as Colette, Margot Robbie (“Neighbours”) as Laura, Jonah Lotan (“24”) as Dean and Michael Mosley (“Justified”) as Ted.

Jack Orman (“ER,” “Men of a Certain Age,”), Tommy Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Parenthood,”
“Mr. Sunshine”) and Nancy Hult Ganis (“Akleeh and the Bee”) are the executive producers of “Pan Am.” Orman is also the writer, with Schlamme directing. “Pan Am” is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.


Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge.

Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she’s returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance.

“Revenge” stars Madeleine Stowe (“We Were Soldiers,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) as Victoria Grayson, Emily Van Camp (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Everwood”) as Emily Thorne, Gabriel Mann (“The Bourne Identity”) as Nolan Ross, Henry Czerny (“Mission: Impossible,” “Clear and Present Danger”) as Conrad Grayson, Ashley Madekwe (“Secret Diary of a Call Girl”) as Ashley Davenport, Nick Wechsler (“Roswell”) as Jack Porter, Josh Bowman (“Prowl”) as Daniel Grayson, Christa B. Allen (“13 Going on 30”) as Charlotte Grayson and Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”) as Declan Porter.

“Revenge” is written and executive-produced by Mike Kelley (“Swingtown”), along with executive producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (“Twilight”). The pilot is directed and executive-produced by Phillip Noyce (“Salt”). “Revenge” is produced by ABC Studios.


“The River” follows the story of wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole. Emmet set course around the world with his wife, Tess, and son, Lincoln, while filming what would become one of the most popular shows in television. After he goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.

Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).

“The River” stars Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek”) as Emmet Cole, Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2”) as Lincoln Cole, Paul Blackthorne (“Lipstick Jungle”) as Clark, Paulina Gaitan as Jahel, Leslie Hope (“24”) as Tess Cole, Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) as Lena, Shaun Parkes (“The Mummy Returns”) as Adjay, Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”) as Captain Kurt Brynildson and Daniel Zacapa (“Resurrection Blvd.”) as Emilio.

“The River,” from Amblin’s Steven Spielberg, Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey, showrunner/executive producer Michael Green (“Heroes,” “Kings”), is also executive-produced by Oren Peli (creator of “Paranormal Activity”), Zack Estrin, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. Teleplay by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, story by Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry and Michael Green. The pilot is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and produced by ABC Studios.


From the creator and executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff.

A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter — both professionally and personally — but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand — their own.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“Ray”) as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz (“Half-Baked”) as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”) as President Fitzgerald Grant and Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Cyrus.

“Scandal” was written by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) are executive producers. Paul McGuigan is the director. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.



After a naïve Midwestern girl’s big city dreams are dashed her first week in New York, she finds herself living with her worst nightmare in this hilarious, contemporary comedy about a female odd couple who are surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters.

June (Dreama Walker) moves to Manhattan for a dream job and the perfect company apartment, only to have them disappear in a puff of reality, thanks to a CEO from the Bernie Madoff school of embezzlement. Deep in debt and out on the streets, June scrambles to land a job and place to live. It seems her luck has turned around when she gets hired at a coffee shop and finds Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a charming, vivacious roommate… with the morals of a pirate. She swindles June out of all her savings, but she and her snarky friend, James Van Der Beek (playing himself), soon learn that, just because June’s naïve, she isn’t stupid. June ingeniously turns the tables on Chloe, who is so shocked about being scammed herself that she decides to pull June into her colorful band of friends. Sure, it’s all dysfunctional, bizarre and overwhelming, but so is New York City. And with the help of Chloe and the other oddballs around her, June might just learn the survival secrets she needs to make it there.

“Apartment 23” stars Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Chloe, Dreama Walker (“The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl”) as June, Eric André as Mark, Michael Blaiklock as Eli and James Van Der Beek (“Varsity Blues,” “Dawson’s Creek”) as James Van Der Beek.

Created and written by Nahnatchka Kahn (“American Dad”), “Apartment 23” is executive-produced by Kahn, Jason Winer (“Modern Family”), Dave Hemingson (“American Dad,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and Jeff Morton (“Modern Family”). Winer is also the director. “Apartment 23” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television.


Today it’s a woman’s world, and this man’s man is on a mission to get men back to their rightful place in society.

Tim Allen returns to ABC in this new comedy from Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”). Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive and created ESPN, but they’re about to find out that it’s not a man’s world anymore. You can’t get manlier than Mike Baxter. He’s the marketing director for an iconic outdoor sporting goods store, he loves to have adventures while he’s traveling for work and, of course, he drives a pick-up truck. While Mike is king of the hill at work, he’s the odd man out in a home that is dominated by women — namely his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 22- year-old Kristin, 17-year-old Mandy and 14-year-old Eve. After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Vanessa recently returned to the workplace and was quickly promoted (much to the dismay of her primarily male co-workers). As a result of Vanessa’s increased work load, Mike is pulled into more hands-on parenting than ever before.

The show stars Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”) as Mike, Nancy Travis (“So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “Three Men and a Baby”) as Vanessa, Molly Ephraim as Mandy, Alexandra Krosney as Kristin, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve and Hector Elizondo (“Chicago Hope”) as Ed.

“Last Man Standing” was written by Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”), who also serves as executive producer with Tim Allen, Becky Clements, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break”), Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum”), Richard Baker (“The Santa Clause,” The Santa Clause 2”) and Rick Messina (“The Santa Clause,” The Santa Clause 2”). John Pasquin (“Home Improvement,” “The Santa Clause”) directed. “Last Man Standing” is from Twentieth Century Fox Television.


Three modern men try to get in touch with their inner tough guys and redefine what it means to be a “real man” in this funny and relatable comedy.

Will’s grandfather fought in WWII. Will’s father fought in Vietnam. Will plays Call of Duty on his PS3 and drinks non-dairy hazelnut creamer. So what happened to all the real men? They’re still here — they just smell like pomegranate body wash now. Meet Will (Mather Zickel). His evolved, sensitive nature is why his awesome wife, Theresa (Teri Polo), married him. But Will and his friends find themselves wondering — in a world of Axe ads and manscaping — what does it really mean to be a guy anymore? Will is more interested in finding the perfect gift for his son Nathan’s (Jake Johnson) 13th birthday than in doing his job selling insurance; sensitive soul Craig (Christopher Moynihan) still pines for his college ex, Lisa; and Kenny (Dan Fogler) clamps down on his anger and asks himself, “What would Tobey Maguire do?,” when his ex, Brenda (Amanda Detmer), starts seeing a guy (Henry Simmons) who is everything he’s not and much better looking. After Craig crashes Lisa’s wedding to try to win her back, they are all faced with an opportunity to Man Up and be like their forefathers.

The show stars Christopher Moynihan as Craig, Mather Zickel (“The Cape”) as Will, Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury”) as Kenny, Teri Polo (“Meet the Fockers”) as Theresa, Amanda Detmer (“What About Brian”) as Brenda and Henry Simmons (“Shark”) as Grant.

“Man Up” comes from writer/executive producer/actor Christopher Moynihan (“100 Questions”), executive producer Victor Fresco (“Better off Ted”), Ron West and Kelly Kulchak of Tagline Television (Psych) and director Beth McCarthy-Miller (“SNL,” “30 Rock”). ”Man Up” is produced by ABC Studios.


Single father George only wants the best for his 16-year-old daughter, Tessa. So when he finds a box of condoms on her nightstand, he moves them out of their apartment in New York City to a house in the suburbs. But all Tessa sees is the horror of over-manicured lawns and plastic Franken-moms. Being in the ‘burbs can be hell, but it also may just bring Tessa and George closer than they’ve ever been.

Tessa (Jane Levy) and George (Jeremy Sisto) have been on their own ever since Tessa’s mom pulled a “Kramer vs. Kramer” before she was even potty trained. So far, George has done a pretty good job of raising Tessa without a maternal figure in their lives, but suddenly he’s feeling a little out of his league. So it’s goodbye New York City and hello suburbs. At first Tessa is horrified by the big-haired, fake-boobed mothers and their sugar-free Red Bull-chugging kids. But little by little she and her dad begin finding a way to survive on the clean streets of the ‘burbs. Sure, the neighbors might smother you with love while their kids stare daggers at your back, but underneath all that plastic and caffeine, they’re really not half bad. And they do make a tasty pot roast.

The show stars Jeremy Sisto (“Law & Order”) as George Altman, Jane Levy (“Shameless”) as Tessa Altman, Carly Chaikin (“The Last Song”) as Dalia Royce, Allie Grant (“Weeds”) as Lisa, Alan Tudyk (“V”) as Noah Lerner and Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Dallas Royce. Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) guest stars.

Emily Kapnek (“Hung”) writes and executive-produces this bitingly ironic single-camera comedy. “Suburgatory” was directed by Michael Fresco (“Raising Hope”), who also executive-produced the pilot. It is produced by Warner Bros. Television.


This high-concept comedy centers on two unrepentant guy’s guys who, unable to find work, dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. Not only do they pull it off, but they might just learn to be better men in the process.

With unemployment an ongoing issue and women now outnumbering men in the workforce, the new comedy series “Work It” follows two alpha males who realize the only way to beat the current “mancession” and land a job in pharmaceutical sales is to pass themselves off as women. Combining all the best elements of the workplace comedy, the buddy comedy and the family comedy, “Work It” centers on Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke) — a quick-witted and likable family man who used to be a top car salesman until he got laid off — and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) — a single, hot-headed ladies’ man with no filter — who quickly learn there are fundamental differences in the worlds of men and women that go beyond teetering in high heels and tightening up with Spanx. Lee and Angel are determined to keep their ruse going for as long as they can — and keep their newly found jobs — in this smart, funny and relevant look at male and female relationships at work, at home and socially. Being a better man sometimes means having to be a better woman.

The show stars Ben Koldyke (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Lee, Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”) as Angel, Beth Lacke (“Happy Hour”) as Connie, John Caparulo (“Chelsea Lately”) as Brian, Rebecca Mader (“Lost”) as Grace, Rochelle Aytes (“Detroit 1-8-7”) as Vanessa, Kate Reinders (“Sherrie”) as Kelly, Kirstin Eggers (“Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure”) as Kristin and Kacie Lynch (“Barney and Friends”) as Kat.

“Work It” was written by Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (“Friends,” “Rules of Engagement”). Reich and Cohen are the executive producers. Beth McCarthy Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”) is the director. “Work It” is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Summer School Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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  • irene

    don’t tell me we have to wait until mid-season……….

    • Kathryn


      • katie

        bummed that Cougar Town is going to midseason! it’s kinda like parks and rec last year…

      • rerun

        Very excited Happy Endings got renewed! One of my favorite new shows…actually, one of the only network comedies I watch that isn’t on NBC Thursday.

    • Jethro

      It’s returning mid-season. Lot of decent shows not returning. Can’t the network figure it out that putting many new shows in the fall season at once is dangerous. Better to spread it out. Happy Endings, Body of Proof & Shark Tank were all renewed b/c they came on in late winter or early spring.

      I guess B&S, Mr. Sunshine, Off the Map & Better with You are goners!

    • Liv

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Why ABC?! WHY?! Cougar Town is one of your best comedies! Modern Family has gotten predictable! I need my Cul-de-sac crew!!! Why do you hate Cougar Town ABC? Why?

      • lo

        ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh so annoying!! we have to wait till January!?

      • Mike

        cause it sucks compared to MF and HE

      • Michael

        They don’t hate Cougar Town. The show is returning mid-season so that the viewers will basically have a full seasion devoid of re-runs. Plus, I’m very happy that they are trying to establish Happy Endings. It’s a good show and needs the help of a stronger lead-in than Cougar Town.

      • TheDRQ

        I can’t believe they dropped Mr. Sunshine but decided to keep that AWFUL Happy Endings — I watched the first episode and couldn’t tell if there were any jokes or even any differences between the characters…. TV sucks these days…sigh

      • JCK

        I’m really confused where people think a full season of Cougartown episodes could be run starting mid-season. If 22 episodes are shown, it would be 22 weeks. It would not start right after the New Year,so late January to May finales is, at most, 18 episodes, unless they start earlier and end in early June.

    • Mal

      A good way to get me not to give a chance to Suburgatory and/or Revenge? HAVE THEM TAKE THE SPOT OF COUGAR TOWN! I’m excited to see something fail on that night so Cougar Town can come back earlier than freaking mid season! BAD DECISION ABC!!!!

    • Niki

      I love the Cougar Town/Happy Endings combo!! Those are two great shows! I don’t like the mid-season Cougar Town!

    • Michael

      That’s the first thing I thought! ARGH! I love Cougar Town!!! Hopefully it doesn’t have less episodes, despite starting later. Happy Endings is pretty good, I must say, and I think it does deserve a good lead-in, like Modern Family. But it’s really frustrating that we have to wait all the way ’til mid-season for Cougar Town!

    • w

      Cougar Town is going to come back in November (once dancing with the stars is finished for fall) so not really midseason so stop freaking out everybody. i know it sucks to have to wait at all though, but it could do well tuesdays at 9 paired with apt. 23 as abc’s planning to do

    • Marcy Runkle

      My jaw dropped when I saw that Cougar Town won’t be back in the fall. So we’re only getting a half season??! NOT COOL, ABC.

      • AB

        so don’t care

    • Gupta

      no one cares

      • xynthai

        don’t care…

    • Alan Carver

      That is one of the best shows and they are placing it in MID-SEASON! Huge mistake . . . I suspect that they might bring it back early if one of the Wednesday night shows fails HORRIBLY beginning season.

    • PISSED about CT

      This is the second time they have done this to Couger Town. WTF ABC why do you keep trying to pull it when every tv fall preview board there is hundreds of folks pissed off and bitching about it!

      Im a dude and find it funny as hell! Its a great show and there’s no reason for this BS with the scheduling of it!

    • Dianne Webb

      I have followed Missing, The River & GCB and am so dissappointed that it has been canceled. I DVR all of my shows so that I can watch them in my free time. I know that you go by ratings, but what about all of us that us the DVR and are hooked on these shows. Please put them back on or let another network have them. The season finales are kind of hard to just dismiss!!!!!

  • Michelle

    Are we getting a grid or something at the end of upfronts? I can’t keep the various scheds straight in my head.

    PS Charlie’s Angels on Thursdays? ABC must really think it’s good…

  • Stephensocks

    ABC’s not looking that spectacular tbh

    • Stephensocks

      Tell a lie.. Last Man Standing and Once Upon A Time. I’ll definitely be giving them a whirl.

    • Mafalda


    • AK

      Really? I’m pretty intrigued by the new ABC slate and I’ll probably give a couple of them a shot. Except “Last Man Standing.” That sounds like a sexist piece of sh*t.

  • erica

    Where’s cougar town?

    • Michael

      Cougar Town returns mid-season.

    • Liv

      Does this mean they will get 22 uninterupted episodes or are they getting a short season?

      • w

        its coming back in november after dancing with the stars ends, so it should get its full order with few reruns

    • TOM

      read the article

      • Lisa

        why don’t you read her question. the article doesn’t answer it einstein.

  • Marguerite

    Wow, some of the new shows look pretty good. Too bad I won’t be watching any of them. No way am I going to get invested in any new ABC offering, only to have them cancel it after one season. Goodbye, Detroit 1-8-7, Off the Map, The Whole Truth, and My Generation.

    • TD Sims

      I agree completely!

      • Mollie

        I agree… abc = over the past few years – put on some good shows but why watch them??? The shows will only be cancelled in mid-season!! Bad track record, abc!! We have enjoyed the shows on ‘non’ network, like TNT & USA.

    • kris

      my thoughts exactly – every show i watched this year is gone

    • Christy

      Absolutely! I loved Detroit 1-8-7! Does ABC have something against good shows?!

      • just me

        My favorite new show of last year. Cable, cable, cable…. I’ll watch Revenge just because I love Stowe.

      • AJ

        Absolutely agree about Detroit 1-8-7.

        Criminal that it was cancelled.

        One actually needed working brain cells to watch it and comprehend the nuance.

        Will watch ABC only for “Modern Family.” That’s it.

        They’ve lost this viewer except for 1/2 an hour.

      • Renee

        I agree. Detroit 1-8-7 was EXCELLENT! My viewership of the network has dropped to only 3 shows. It used to be my #1 choice. I hope cable picks up 187.

    • ks

      I know, it is hard to get invested in a show anymore.

      • KIM

        yeah really ,ive watch oltl and amc for 30 years who would have thought abc could be so curel and not care about there viewers,and off the map was a good show ,not lookig good abc,the chew is going down……

    • julie

      with all the channels we have out today….. and we are cancelling shows…why????????? oh, so we can watch re-runs!!!!

    • dawn

      Yep I agree. I am tempted to watch Revenge, but I wont. I am done with anything new from ABC. I am really upset that they can celled Off the map and Brothers & Sisters.

  • Dennis

    ugh…cougar town mid season and better with you cancelled to make way for a tim allen sitcom? didn’t they learn from NBC’s mistake with paul reiser? Total BS!

    • Alan Carver

      Canceling Better With You was a smart move! That show was just AWFUL!
      I am not sure why he feels the need to return to TV when his film career really hasn’t stalled, but whatever. His teaming with ‘wanna-be’ actress Nancy Travis is a huge mistake. When he starts doing his grunting like he did on Home Improvement I am turning the channel and will not return until it is canceled. The premise of this show looks just as stupid and ridiculous as Better With You! It will have a short shelf life.

  • Tee

    Wonder what happened to the Being Erica remake they were going to do a pilot for. Oh well, they probably would have screwed it up anyway.

    • liz

      Very true! Love Being Erica too much for them to screw it up! Can’t wait for the last season on SoapNet! Wish they would just show the version they have now on network tv!

      • TD Sims

        That’s the best show that no one’s watching! What a sad thing that it got dumped on SoapNet. I’d love to see an American version, but I’m happy with the Canadian version for sure.

  • a

    where’s Lost?!??!

    • Peter


    • Meli

      Desmond time-traveled back from the island and he’s now working as some attorney in the show ‘Scandal’.

  • McProphet

    Punk move ABC for shelving Cougar Town until mid-season. It’s bad enough it was put on hiatus for 6 weeks why you tried to sell us on that subpar crapfest, Mr. Sunshine, and now you’re doing it again for another show that will inevitably be cancelled after 5 episodes. Why not move The Middle to midseason instead? While I know that show has it’s following, I for one do not see the appeal of that show. Plus that little kid is super creepy looking.

    • Dash

      Ha! I love that little kid! I would be ok with midseason runs if it means that the shows get 22 uninterupted weeks of airing but it usually means an abbreviated season which is just a crappy thing to do to shows with loyal fans.

      • Brick Fan

        Me too! I love Brick. I really like the show – the parents are actually in charge and the kids are believable (as far as sitcoms go)

    • Jon

      Mr. Sunshine was funnt too bad its gone

    • w

      cougar town will be back in november on tuesdays when dancing ends

    • Alan Carver

      The Middle has proven to be a great lead in to the Wednesday Laugh On night! Will not happen! Everyone loves that show and any replacement show needs to have a strong lead-in. But if you want to kill a show put a NEW UNKNOWN show in that slot and see it go faster then a melting slurpee in summer!

  • Randy

    Is it just me or does the description for “Once Upon a Time” read a little bit like Bill Willingham’s “Fables” comic? One would think that a couple of comics savy writers like Horowitz and Kitsis would have to be aware of the similarities. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s handled on the screen.

    • Meg

      Not only that, NBC has Grimm this fall … which also sounds quite a bit like Fables. Then there was that Red Riding Hood movie, and aren’t there two or three new versions of Snow White in the works? I guess they’re trying to make fairy tales the new vampires. Weird, because I thought zombies were the new vampires.

      • AB

        Zombies are so 5 minutes ago.

    • murley

      that is exactly what i was thinking. i would love to see them just bring fables to the small screen. it would be amazing on cable, like hbo or showtime or, in a pinch, amc.

  • bgl

    Not watching none of it.

    • a

      This means you’re watching all or some of it…

  • Doris

    I think Detroit 1-8-7 was better than any of these sound. Sean Bean playing somebody who died 10 years ago? There has to be a LOT of flashbacks! Good to see Bruce Greenwood has a show–I loved Nowhere Man. And Suborgatory doesn’t sound like the suburbs where I live at all! D**n you, ABC!

  • M

    Work It just sounds like a re-vamped Bosom Buddies!

    • Kelly

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Meg

    Pan Am is in the Mad Men time slot. I suppose they’re betting people will be looking for something a bit similar to watch with Mad Men delayed. Could be a smart move.

  • chris

    Cougar Town loses half of Modern Family’s audience. ABC probably regrets renewing that garbage.

    • KikiD

      Happy Endings did even worse AND it has hardly any buzz to it.

    • tomm

      In latest viewings, it only lost less than a third.

      MF has some snob appeal, with the cast all upper class, not worrying about money as the rest of us.

    • Beth in MI

      Happy Endings is ok but it is no Cougar Town

      • KIM

        i say bring the soaps to nite we want our oltl and amc ….listen abc it is about the veiwer …

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