ABC's 2013-14 primetime schedule: 14 new series, 17 returning favorites
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- ABC announced its 2013-2014 primetime schedule Tuesday, unveiling a total of 14 new shows, including a Disney-Pixar special slated for October. The network revealed that it is cutting "Dancing With The Stars" to just one night next season, opening up Tuesday's lineup for all new series.
Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president, said the new schedule reflects ABC's reputation of combining innovation and stability.
"We are taking some big swings with groundbreaking shows this season, and staying close to our roots with smart and sophisticated storytelling," Lee said.
Sunday night's 10 p.m. slot will introduce the drama "Betrayal," which revolves around photographer Sara Hadley and her husband with political aspirations. Sara has a chance meeting with attorney Jack McAllister, and it leads to an instant undeniable attraction. But Jack is married to his boss' daughter, and the affair gets complicated when a murder investigation puts them on opposite sides.
Monday night's popular lineup of "Dancing With The Stars" and "Castle" will stay intact. However, the 17th season of the reality dance competition will be cut to two hours on Monday only -- intregrating the performance show and the results show into one night.
Tuesday's lineup of new shows begins with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel's first television series. The drama stars Clark Gregg, who reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films. He assembles a small, highly select group of agents from the worldwide law enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., and together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Two new comedies will debut in the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesday -- "The Goldbergs," about a geeky preteen growing up in the 1980s who puts his family's antics on videotape, and "Trophy Wife," starring Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who gets an insta-family, complete with three stepchildren and ex-wives, when she marries a two-time divorcee (played by Bradley Whitford). Rounding out the night is the Steven Spielberg-produced drama "Lucky 7," about a group of gas station employees who win the lottery.
The Wednesday night comedy block will continue in the fall with returning fan favorites "The Middle" and "Modern Family," and two new series -- "Back in the Game," about a single mom and her estranged dad, played by James Caan; and "Super Fun Night," written by and starring "Bridesmaids" breakout star Rebel Wilson as a single young attorney. "Nashville" will remain in the 10 p.m. slot Wednesday.
The new drama "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," a spinoff from the fairy tale series "Once Upon a Time," will debut in the 8 p.m. time slot Thursday before fan favorites "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." The series stars Sophie Lowe as Alice, a young woman who is believed to be insane after telling her stories from her time in Wonderland. Her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. But just as Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, including the painful memory of losing her love Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her and bring her back to Wonderland.
Other new shows include the singles comedy sitcom "Mixology;" "Killer Women," a Texas Rangers drama focused on a female ranger; "Mind Games," with Steve Zahn and Christian Slater as problem-solvers for hire; "Resurrection," starring Omar Epps, about a small town where the dead return to life; and "The Quest," a new reality adventure that takes 12 lucky contestants on the journey of a lifetime when they enter the world of "Everealm."
ABC has also picked up Disney-Pixar special "Toy Story of Terror," which puts all of the favorite characters from the films on a scary road and features the original voice cast, including Tim Allen and Tom Hanks.
In addition to the new shows, ABC is renewing 17 series, including "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "The Neighbors," "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge," "Scandal," "Shark Tank," "Suburgatory," "The Taste" and "20/20."
"Happy Endings," "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23," "Body of Proof," "Malibu Country," "Red Widow" and "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" were all canceled.
ABC's new fall schedule:Monday
8 p.m. - "Dancing With the Stars"
10 p.m. - "Castle"
8 p.m. - "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
9 p.m. - "The Goldbergs"
9:30 p.m. - "Trophy Wife"
10 p.m. - "Lucky 7"
8 p.m. - "The Middle"
8:30 p.m.- "Back in the Game"
9 p.m. - "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. - "Super Fun Night"
10 p.m. - "Nashville"
8 p.m. - "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"
9 p.m. - "Grey's Anatomy"
10 p.m. - "Scandal"
8 p.m.: "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m.: "The Neighbors"
9 p.m.: "Shark Tank"
10 p.m.: 20/20
8 p.m. - "Saturday Night College Football"
7 p.m. - "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8 p.m. - "Once Upon a Time"
9 p.m. - "Revenge"
10 p.m. - "Betrayal"
Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2013-14 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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