season finale? You'll be able to find out for sure on Thursday, Sept. 24.

ABC on Tuesday (June 9) announced premiere dates for the bulk of its fall 2009 schedule, and it's sticking to a fairly traditional rollout. The majority of the schedule will debut the week of Sept. 21, which will mark the official start of the season as determined by Nielsen.

Highlights include a pair of two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" shows on Sept. 21 and 22, new comedies "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" on Sept. 23 and the resolution of the "Grey's" cliffhanger, along with the premiere of "Flash Forward," on Sept. 24. "Ugly Betty" will join the party a little later, getting a two-hour premiere on Oct. 9.

ABC will also roll out its unscripted series "Shark Tank" in late summer, starting Sunday, Aug. 9. It will air on Sundays for three weeks, then move to its regular Tuesday home on Aug. 25.

The network also held off on setting dates for three shows — newcomer "Eastwick," which will air at 10 p.m. ET Wednesdays, and returnees "Private Practice" (10 p.m. Thursdays) and "Brothers & Sisters" (10 p.m. Sundays). Additionally, "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" will be back on Tuesday in late fall following the end of "Dancing with the Stars."

Here's the rundown (all times Eastern):

Sunday, Aug. 9

9 p.m. "Shark Tank"

Tuesday, Aug. 25

8 p.m. "Shark Tank" (regular time period)

Saturday, Sept. 5

8 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football" (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)

Friday, Sept. 11

10 p.m. "20/20"

Monday, Sept. 21

8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
10 p.m. "Castle" >>

Tuesday, Sept. 22

8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" (performance show; one time only)
10 p.m. "The Forgotten"

Wednesday, Sept. 23

8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" results show
9 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "Cougar Town"

Thursday, Sept. 24

8 p.m. "Flash Forward"
9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"

Sunday, Sept. 27

7 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (two hours)
9 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"

Tuesday, Sept. 29

9 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" results (regular time period)

Wednesday, Sept. 30

8 p.m. "Hank"
8:30 p.m. "The Middle"

Sunday, Oct. 4

7 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"

Friday, Oct. 9

8 p.m. "Ugly Betty" (two hours)

Friday, Oct. 16

8 p.m. "Supernanny"


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Posted by:Rick Porter