ABC Unveils Fall Premiere Dates

Jun 9, 2009  •  Post A Comment

ABC will kickoff its fall lineup on Sept. 21 with the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars," followed by the return of "Castle."

Another two-hour episode of "Dancing" on Tuesday night will lead into the debut of freshman series "The Forgotten." "Dancing" with shift to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29 with a one-hour results show. "Shark Tank" will take over the 8 p.m. timeslot.

The network will also use "Dancing" to launch its Wednesday comedy block, with the premieres of "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" slated to bow Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. after a one-time "Dancing" results show. Comedies "Hank" and "The Middle" will premiere Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.

"Flash Forward" and "Grey’s Anatomy" will debut on Sept. 24, while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Desperate Housewives" return Sept. 27.

"Ugly Betty" will shift to Fridays with a two-hour season premiere on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. "Supernanny" returns Oct. 16, after which "Ugly Betty" will move to its regular 9 p.m. slot.

"Eastwick," "Private Practice" and "Brothers and Sisters" are still waiting for premiere dates.

Saturday, September 5
8:00/7:00c – "Saturday Night College Football"

Friday, September 11
10:00/9:00c – "20/20"

Monday, September 21
8:00/7:00c – "Dancing With the Stars" (Two Hours)
10:00/9:00c – "Castle"

Tuesday, September 22
8:00/7:00c – "Dancing With the Stars" (Two Hours)
10:00/9:00c – "The Forgotten"

Wednesday, September 23
8:00/7:00c – "Dancing With the Stars" (Special Night)
9:00/8:00c – "Modern Family"
9:30/8:30c – "Cougar Town"

Thursday, September 24
8:00/7:00c – "Flash Forward"
9:00/8:00c – "Grey’s Anatomy"

Sunday, September 27
7:00/6:00c – "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Two Hours)
9:00/8:00c – "Desperate Housewives"

Tuesday, September 29
9:00/8:00c – "Dancing With the Stars" (Time Period Premiere)

Wednesday, September 30
8:00/7:00c – "Hank"
8:30/7:30c – "The Middle"

Sunday, October 4
7:00/6:00c – "America’s Funniest Home Videos"
8:00/7:00c – "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, October 9
8:00/7:00c – "Ugly Betty" (Two Hours)

Friday, October 16
8:00/7:00c – "Supernanny"
9:00/8:00c – "Ugly Betty" (Time Period Premiere)

—Vlada Gelman

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