Network Upfronts: ABC Announces Their 2012 Fall Schedule

ABC revealed its schedule for the upcoming fall television season this morning.  While not quite NBC caliber with its changes the Alphabet Network will see a large amount of shuffling as it introduces five new shows for the fall with another five waiting in the wings come the spring.

On Monday ABC offers up no changes with the consistently performing duo of Dancing with the Stars and Castle return to kick off the work week.  Neither ABC or NBC blinked on the night keeping their flagship reality series locked in a battle for eyeballs.

The battle continues on Tuesday as the Dancing with the Stars results show kicks off the night and will once again face the results show for The Voice.  You can place your bets on whether either network will blink and shift their results show back an hour.  The comedy logjam at 9 pm gets bigger as Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23 are coupled together in what should be an interesting competition against the FOX duo of New Girl and The Mindy Project which will likely have far more similar audiences than the NBC offerings.  The night closes with the returning Private Practice.

The two hour comedy block returns on Wednesday with returning series The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family leading into The Neighbors, the Dan Fogelman created aliens-live-next-door comedy.  Revenge shifts to Sunday (more on that later) to make room for the Connie Britton led Nashville.

The rogue nuclear submarine turned independent country thriller Last Resort kicks off Thursday followed by returning series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.  Last Resort exists on an island and is being asked to self-start which is no easy task for the only male friendly drama on ABC.  Perhaps Last Resort and Private Practice could have swapped slots and found more compatible programming.

With Shark Tank proving to be more than just Friday night schedule filler this spring, Mark Cuban and his fellow entrepreneurs lead off the night into Primetime: What Would You Do and news magazine 20/20.  After the premiere landscape has settled down in November the rebooted TGIF family comedy hour consisting of the relocated Last Man Standing and Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire.  Shark Tank shifts back an hour to accommodate.

On Sunday the seemingly millionth season of America’s Funniest Home Videos returns followed by hit Once Upon a Time.  Sick of trying to find the new Desperate Housewives among its new offerings, ABC moves sudser Revenge to the 9 pm slot and asks the show to provide lead in support to 666 Park Avenue starring Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams.

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