ABC will try to reload its drama roster in the fall with five new shows spread across four nights of the week. The network has also added one comedy and one unscripted series to its fall lineup and has three more shows in reserve for next season.
The biggest changes come on Tuesday nights, where dramas “No Ordinary Family” and “Detroit 1-8-7” will sandwich the “Dancing With the Stars” results show. “No Ordinary Family,” which stars Michael Chiklis as a dad who, along with his wife and kids, suddenly develops superpowers, will try to gain traction against “NCIS” and “Glee” at 8 o’clock, while the cop show “Detroit 1-8-7” goes at 10 p.m.
The lone new comedy for fall is “Better Together,” which stars JoAnna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan as sisters with vastly different outlooks on life and relationships. It will air at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, in between “The Middle,” which moves up to 8, and “Modern Family.” “Cougar Town” — no name change — stays put at 9:30, while a new legal drama, “The Whole Truth,” goes in at 10.
ABC did renew “V,” but it’s being held until midseason. So are two new comedies, “Mr. Sunshine” and “Happy Endings,” and the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama “Off the Map.”
The other new dramas for the fall are “My Generation,” about former high-school classmates who, 10 years later, aren’t quite where they thought they would be; and “Body of Proof,” a crime drama starring Dana Delany (“Desperate Housewives”) as a medical examiner. “My Generation” will air at 8 p.m. Thursdays, while “Body of Proof” goes in at 9 p.m. Fridays. (See ABC’s night-by-night schedule.)
ABC also picked up the unscripted show “Secret Millionaire” from FOX. The show has wealthy people going undercover to live in poverty-stricken communities and then using their wealth to the people they encounter.
The network’s cancellations don’t come as any real surprise: “FlashForward” is done, as are “The Forgotten,” “The Deep End,” “Better Off Ted,” “Scrubs,” “Happy Town” and — despite star Alyssa Milano’s Twitter campaign — “Romantically Challenged.”