What's New on ABC – 2013 Fall TV Line Up

In our continuing series on what is new on television this fall season, Laura Yee-Lim, turns her focus onto ABC. I’m excited about some of the shows that are coming out this year. You can follow Laura on Twitter to get her updates on what’s going on in the world of television.

The ABC network has long been my go to network for drama. Their lineup has a fairly even handed balance among the dramatic comedies, serious dramas & the fantastical ones. It’s kind of a one stop shop for shows that can make you gasp, laugh & cry all in one episode.

The majority of their new shows make up their Tuesday night lineup this fall and leading the way is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This series will mark Marvel’s first foray into TV after some successful movie franchises. How, where or if the show will fit into the current timeline of the movies remains to be seen, especially as Agent Coulson died in the first Avengers movie. But the bigger question will be – will the movie superheroes ever make guest appearances in the series? We already know that Cobie Smulders’ character, Maria Hill, will be making recurrent visits to the set so it’s not that farfetched, is it?! Next up is the first of two half hour comedies that share the 9-10pm timeslot, The Goldbergs. For those of you who are nostalgic for the 80s (?!), this might be the show for you. Take any dysfunctional family comedy add a preteen wielding a video camera and voila! you have a new comedy (or not). They might have done better having this follow The Middle but I’m guessing they didn’t want anyone getting the two mixed up. The other half hour comedy is called Trophy Wife. It stars Malin Akerman as Kate, a reformed party girl who meets, falls in love & marries Pete. Simple, right? Wrong! Pete already has two ex-wives with three children between them. While I can see where they want to go comedically with this series, I have a feeling it might step more on the awkward side of the line instead. Closing out the night is a new drama, Lucky 7, about seven gas station employees who win the lottery. As with any series about the sudden attainment of money, there will be changes in relationships & personalities. Secrets will be revealed and values will be tested as the group of co-workers learn just how winning the lottery can improve and destroy their lives.

On their regular night for comedy, ABC is alternating their established comedies with two new series. Back in the Game follows a former All Star softball player who has returned to her estranged father’s home with her young son. While both she & her father are ex-athletes, it turns out that her son is not an athlete. With his usual gruffness mixed with her inherent sweetness, this show starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson can go either wonderfully great or….. Guess we’ll have to wait & see. But who doesn’t like to root for the underdog (I mean the kids)? To round out the comedy portion of their night is the addition of Super Fun Night! And for some reason, whenever I say the name of this show in my head, it is done so with a Valley Girl accent. Ha! Other than the fact that Rebel Wilson stars in this show, I’m not sure that I understand its plot all the well. As far as I can tell, the entire season will be about a single night that Rebel’s character, Kimmie, and her best friends embark on for their standing Friday Night Fun Night. Is this like 24 but with dirty humour instead of guns?! If so, I might have to take a peek. LOL

The only new show on their powerhouse Thursday drama night is Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Unlike the original series, which airs on Sunday nights, this series will take us down the rabbit hole into one fairytale land only. Even though I’m not a huge fan of period shows, I have added this show to my list for two major reasons: 1) I love Alice in Wonderland. So unless they go WAY out into left field, I already love the characters (John Lithgow as the White Rabbit – come on!); and 2) It’s filmed locally and I ALWAYS support shows filmed locally (at least for the first few episodes – thought I don’t think that’ll be a problem for this show.) The show starts us off with Alice regaling her doctors with stories of this fantastical word that just couldn’t possibly be real. As her doctors are getting ready to subject her to a treatment that will wipe this fantastical land from her memory, she is rescued & returned to Wonderland, where anything is impossible.

To end off the week at 10pm on Sunday nights, is the latest “dirty little secret” addition to their fall lineup. On a network where shows with the words desperate, scandal and revenge accurately convey the premise of the show right from their titles, Betrayal, slides perfectly into place following Revenge. The chance meeting & resulting extra-marital affair of a top attorney & professional photographer takes centre stage in this dramatic series about sex, love, loyalty and finding out your soul mate isn’t who you’re married to. With a little murder & political maneuverings into the mix and you have what could turn out to be another blockbuster hit for ABC.

Below is the full schedule for the network including premiere dates & highlighted are the ABC shows included in my schedule this coming season:

8pm – Dancing with the Stars (Sept 16th)
10pm – Castle (Sept 23rd)

8pm – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept 24th)
9pm – The Goldbergs (Sept 24th)
9:30pm – Trophy Wife (Sept 24th)
10pm – Lucky 7 (Sept 24th)

8pm – The Middle (Sept 25th)
8:30pm – Back in the Game (Sept 25th)
9pm – Modern Family (1 hour premiere – Sept 25th)
9:30pm – Super Fun Night (Oct 2nd)
10pm – Nashville (Sept 25th)

8pm – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Oct 10th)
9pm – Grey’s Anatomy (2 hour premiere – Sept 26th)
10pm – Scandal (Oct 2nd)

8pm – Last Man Standing (Sept 20th)
8:30pm – The Neighbors (Sept 20th)
9pm – Shark Tank (Sept 20th)
10pm – 20/20 (Sept 6th)

8pm – Saturday Night College Football

7pm – America’s Funniest Home Videos (Oct 6th)
8pm – Once Upon a Time (Sept 29th)
9pm – Revenge (Sept 29th)
10pm – Betrayal (Sept 29th)

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