ABC’s Fall Lineup Unveiled, as the Network Bets Heavily on Its Current Freshman Crop; Here’s the Full Schedule

May 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC, which is presenting its 2012-13 lineup today at its upfront in New York, is bringing back six freshman series for fall — more than any other broadcast net, USA Today reports.

Returning are “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” Suburgatory,” “Last Man Standing,” “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23” and “Scandal.”

The channel is adding four new comedies to the lineup along with five new dramas. The story reports: “The new crop includes a mix of soapy, female-skewing dramas, more action fare and family comedies (one of which will inherit ABC’s best time slot, after ‘Modern Family’). Scheduling details are unclear, but don’t look for many major changes, with Wednesday’s lineup mostly intact and ‘DWTS’ anchoring Monday and Tuesday. But ABC must rebuild Sunday as ‘Housewives’ and ‘GCB’ exit. ABC ranks third this season, with stable ratings, but its young-adult audience fell 4%, and it’s now fourth in that measure behind a Super Bowl-fueled NBC.”

The Alphabet Network’s returning lineup includes “Private Practice,” “Happy Endings” and “Body of Proof” — which has struggled with low ratings but might get help in the form of “CSI’s” Anthony Zuiker, who is talking with the show producer ABC Studios about possibly helming the series.

Two shows that won’t be back: “Cougar Town,” which is moving to TBS, and “Missing,” which has been canceled.

New shows for fall include the country music-focused soap “Nashville,” with Hayden Panettiere and Powers Boothe; supernatural series “666 Park Avenue,” with “Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn; nuclear drama “Last Resort,” with Andre Braugher; the Sarah Chalke comedy “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life); Reba McEntire comedy vehicle “Malibu Country”; alien sitcom “The Neighbors”; and handyman show “The Family Tools,” with Kyle Bornheimer.

Here’s ABC’s schedule for the 2012-13 season:


8 PM “Dancing with the Stars”

10 PM “Castle”

In January:

8 PM “The Bachelor”

10 PM “Castle”


8 PM “Dancing with the Stars — the Results Show”

9 PM “Happy Endings”

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

10 PM “Private Practice”

In January:

8 PM “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”

8:30 PM “The Family Tools”


8 PM “The Middle”

8:30 p.m. “Suburgatory”

9 PM “Modern Family”

9:30 PM “The Neighbors”

10 PM “Nashville”


8 PM “Last Resort”

9 PM “Grey’s Anatomy”

10 PM “Scandal”


8 PM “Shark Tank”

9 PM “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

10 PM “20/20”

In November:

8 PM “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m. “Malibu Country”

9 PM “Shark Tank”

10 PM “Primetime: What Would You Do?”


8 PM “Saturday Night College Football”


7 PM “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8 PM ”Once Upon a Time”

9 PM “Revenge”

10 PM “666 Park Avenue”

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