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ABC's primetime schedule: 10 new series, 20 returning favorites

Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher appear in a scene from the upcoming ABC drama, 'Last Resort.' ( Mario Perez)
May 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
ABC announced its 2012-2013 primetime schedule Tuesday, with 10 new series -- six dramas and four comedies. Of the 10, only four of the new shows will start in September.

In addition to the new shows, ABC is renewing six freshman series from the current season -- "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge," "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," "Scandal," "Suburgatory" and "Last Man Standing."

Sunday night's schedule will see "a battle between good and evil" with the fantasy tale "Once Upon a Time" remaining at 8 p.m., followed by "Revenge" and new drama "666 Park Avenue." "Revenge" is moving from Wednesdays to replace "Desperate Housewives," which just had its series finale.

In "666 Park Avenue," an idealistic young couple from the Midwest is offered the opportunity to manage the historic New York residential building, The Drake. But they soon begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the residents inside. The Drake has a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires. Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor star in this chilling new drama.

Monday night's popular lineup of "Dancing With The Stars" and "Castle" will stay intact. The 15th season of the reality dance competition, premiering in September, will be an all-star edition, featuring fan favorites from past seasons. Paul Lee, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, offered no hints on who would be dancing again.

Two comedies that were introduced in the time slot following "Modern Family" on Wednesday nights - "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" - will air on Tuesdays in the fall. When "Dancing With The Stars" ends, ABC will add two new sitcoms -- "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" and "The Family Tools" -- on that night in January for a total of four.

"How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" is about single mother Polly who must move her daughter back home with her eccentric parents after she falls on hard times. With the help of her friends and family, Polly takes her first steps toward starting over. This contemporary new comedy stars Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins and Orlando Jones.

"The Family Tools" tells the story of Jack Shea, who always seems to screw things up when it comes to his career. But now that he's taking over his father's Mr. Jiffy Fix business, he's got another shot at nailing it. The series stars Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons and Leah Remini.

The Wednesday night comedy block will continue in the fall with returning fan favorites "The Middle," "Suburgatory" and "Modern Family. The only new comedy to begin in September will be "The Neighbors," in that familiar seeding spot behind "Modern Family." It's about a family that moves into a New Jersey gated community where the neighbors are aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears.

"We know we wanted a family comedy," Lee said, "and we wanted to give it a real twist."

The country music drama "Nashville" will take the 10 p.m. Wednesday spot in the fall. The show features Connie Britton as a veteran singer who struggles to maintain her place in the spotlight while dealing with an ambitious rising pop-country vixen, played by Hayden Panettiere, who wants to knock her off the throne.

On Thursdays, the new action drama "Last Resort" will air in the 8 p.m. time slot, ahead of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." The show features Andre Braugher as the captain of a doomed military submarine. Scott Speedman of "Felicity" fame also stars.

Starting in November, ABC will bring back family comedy hour on Friday nights. At 8 p.m., Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" will be back for its sophomore season, followed by new series "Malibu Country," starring Reba McEntire as a mother who divorces a country music star and moves to California.

ABC is once again saving some of its more high-profile new series for midseason in the hope they won't get lost in a crush of new fall programming. They include "Mistresses," with Alyssa Milano as one of four women friends; the crime series "Red Widow"; and "Zero Hour," which brings Anthony Edwards of "ER" back to TV in a paranormal mystery.

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time.

"GCB," "Missing," "The River," "Pan Am" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" were all canceled.

ABC's new fall schedule:

Monday
8 p.m. - "Dancing With the Stars"
10 p.m. - "Castle"

In January:
8 p.m. - "The Bachelor"
10 p.m. - "Castle"

Tuesday
8 p.m. - "Dancing With The Stars: The Results Show"
9 p.m. - "Happy Endings"
9:30 p.m. - "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"
10 p.m. - "Private Practice"

In January:
8 p.m.: "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)"
8:30 p.m.: "The Family Tools"

Wednesday
8 p.m. - "The Middle"
8:30 p.m.- "Suburgatory"
9 p.m. - "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. - "The Neighbors"
10 p.m. - "Nashville"

Thursday
8 p.m. - "Last Resort"
9 p.m. - "Grey's Anatomy"
10 p.m. - "Scandal"

Friday
8 p.m. - "Shark Tank"
9 p.m. - "Primetime: What Would You Do?"
10 p.m. - "20/20"

In November:
8 p.m.: "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m.: "Malibu Country"
9 p.m.: "Shark Tank"
10 p.m.: 20/20

Saturday
8 p.m. - "Saturday Night College Football"

Sunday
7 p.m. - "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8 p.m. - "Once Upon a Time"
9 p.m. - "Revenge"
10 p.m. - "666 Park Avenue"

Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2012-13 season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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