More fantasy. More scandalous misbehaviour. More superheroics. More sitcom laughs. And a lot less dancing.
ABC's schedule for the 2013-14 TV season, which was unveiled Tuesday in New York, includes eight new titles -- four dramas, four comedies -- half of which will be used to construct an all-rookie lineup on Tuesday nights.
In order to make way for the aggressive reshaping of Tuesday, the long-running reality-competition series Dancing With the Stars will be revamped and reduced, eliminating its weekly results shows and incorporating contestant eliminations into the show's Monday-night episodes.
The new Tuesday lineup will include Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., comic-book adaptation produced by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers); The Goldbergs, an '80s-era sitcom about an 11-year-old boy determined to create a video record of his family's wacky antics; Trophy Wife, a comedy about a reformed party girl who hopes the third time's a charm when she marries a twice-divorced older man (played by Bradley Whitford); and Lucky 7, a drama about a group of gas-station employees who win a huge lottery pool.
ABC will add two new comedies to its Wednesday-night schedule: Back in the Game, which focuses on a single mom (Maggie Lawson) forced by economic need to move in with her washed-up ex-athlete father (James Caan); and Super Fun Night, a sitcom about three young women trying to adapt their never-miss weekly girls' night out to fit the changing demands of their lives and careers.
ABC's new Thursday entry is Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a fantasy drama from the producers of Once Upon a Time, this time focusing on Alice's misadventures on the other side of the looking glass.
ABC's other new drama this fall is Betrayal, a Sunday-night thriller that explores what happens when a couple involved in an extramarital affair learns that the demands of their at-home lives have suddenly placed them on opposite sides of a high-profile murder case.
The network also has several new shows slated for midseason launch -- Killer Women, which focuses on the crime-fighting exploits of the first female Texas Ranger (Tricia Helfer); Mind Games, a drama about two brothers (Christian Slater and Steve Zahn) who run a company specializing in solving their clients' problems using psychological manipulation; Resurrection, a spooky drama about a small Missouri town whose deceased residents suddenly start returning from the dead; and Mixology, a comedy about 10 single people hanging out at a trendy Manhattan bar.
Also being readied for midseason is The Quest, a reality-competition series that mixes elements of The Amazing Race with epic-fantasy challenges inspired by Lord of the Rings.
ABC's roster of returning shows includes Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Modern Family, The Neighbors, Suburgatory, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank, The Taste and America's Funniest Home Videos.
Not returning for 2013-14 are Body of Proof, Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, Happy Endings, Family Tools, 666 Park Avenue, Malibu Country, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), Last Resort, Private Practice, Red Widow and Zero Hour.
CBS will announce its prime-time schedule on Wednesday in New York, and its corporate-cousin network, the CW, will wrap up this week's upfront ad-sales presentations by unveiling its lineup on Thursday.
Canada's commercial broadcasters will announce their plans for 2013-14 early next month.
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