For the most part, though, ABC is keeping things fairly stable. Five new shows will debut in the fall, and schedule anchors “Dancing With the Stars,” “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are staying in their familiar spots. “Revenge” moves to 9 p.m. ET Sundays, taking over for “Desperate Housewives,” while “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—-” will be paired on Tuesdays following the “DWTS” results show, which moves up an hour to 8 o’clock.
The five new shows for fall are comedies “The Neighbors” and “Malibu Country” and dramas “Nashville,” “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue.” Two more comedies, “The Family Tools” and “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” are set to premiere in January 2013, and dramas “Mistresses,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” are also on deck for midseason.
Just as NBC and FOX did with their lineups for the fall, ABC is adding more comedy to its schedule. “Malibu Country,” starring Reba McEntire, will be paired with “Last Man Standing” on Fridays starting in November, harkening back to the network’s TGIF lineup of the 1980s and ’90s.
“The Neighbors,” about a family who moves to a gated community and discovers all their fellow residents are aliens, will get the prime spot following “Modern Family” on Wednesdays and lead into “Nashville,” a drama starring Connie Britton as a country-music star and Hayden Panettiere as her young rival. “666 Park Avenue” will follow “Revenge” on Sunday nights, and “Last Resort,” about the crew of a nuclear sub gone rogue, will kick off Thursday nights.