Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of ABC Chief Paul Lee and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2012 ABC television schedule is going to look like.
8 pm – ABC Champ Dancing with the Stars continues to take up the first two hours on Monday. The Bachelor will take this slot at midseason followed by the spring cycle of the dancing show.
10 pm – Old skewing and moderately performing Castle returns to its standard post-DWTS slot as ABC doesn’t try to fix what isn’t broken.
8 pm – The Tuesday comedy experiment continues as Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing returns after a relatively consistent and stable debut season followed by the critically acclaimed Happy Endings which will have to prove itself now that it moves out of the shadow of Modern Family. Current occupant Cougar Town looks like it is headed either to TBS or the big television graveyard in the sky.
9 pm – The results show for Dancing with the Stars provides the anchor for Tuesday leading into…
10 pm – The musically inclined sudser Nashville starring Connie Britton as chart-topping country legend Rayna James who is uncomfortable sharing the spotlight with up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere).
8 pm – The Middle once again leads off Wednesday night while Suburgatory settles nicely right behind it.
9 pm – The duo of Modern Family and Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23 continue to anchor the night as ABC holds steady on a night that frankly just works for them.
10 pm – While ratings softened for Revenge as the season grew long, the Count of Monte Cristo based soap returns to close out Wednesday night.
8 pm – While Charlie’s Angels flatlined last fall in this timeslot, ABC moves Scandal here after a just okay rated first season. With a number of other priorities this fall the Alphabet Network is no doubt happy to punt the decision about what happens at the start of Thursday until later.
9 pm – Grey’s Anatomy though again down in the ratings stays put to anchor Thursday night along with…
10 pm – Private Practice, the Shonda Rhimes companion to Grey’s also stays at its same timeslot from last season.
8 pm – The revitalized TGIF launches this fall with a brand new lineup of shows including the Untitled Dan Fogelman Project (alien family comedy), How To Live With Your Parents (divorced mom moves back in with her parents), American Judy (Judy Greer stars), and Malibu Country (stars Reba McEntire).
10 pm – Long running news magazine 20/20 returns.
Saturday is College Football Night with the spring filled with movies, repeats, reality, and news magazine Primetime.
7 pm – America’s Funniest Home Videos is back with yet another season of host Tom Bergeron and staged home videos.
8 pm – This season’s big success story Once Upon A Time returns for season two and tries to launch fellow fantasy based series…
9 pm – Gotham featuring a New York City filled with magic and dangers around every corner. New York City Homicide Detective Anne Travers (Megan Ketch) discovers this world when she’s assigned a case that seems unsolvable and finds herself recruited into a secret magical division of the police force, by a mysterious Alderman and his rugged constable, Boyo (Barry Sloane).
10 pm – With Desperate Housewives calling it quits and potential replacement GCB leaving much more to be desired, Devious Maids gets its shot to be the new king of ABC on Sunday night. From Mark Cherry this ensemble drama focuses on the maids paid to job to clean up the messes left by the rock stars, filthy rich billionaires, and self-centered celebrities they work for.
ABC shows for midseason include dramas Mistresses (four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships), Americana (Anthony LaPaglia stars as Robert Soulter the fashion maven who has transformed his fashion label “Americana” into a remarkable family dynasty), and Last Resort (U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado refuses to launch its nukes and instead declares independence). Comedy Prairie Dogs will also see a pickup for midseason. Additionally the spring will bring the return of Shark Tank.