Fourth-Place ABC Starting A Dozen New Shows For Next Year

Mired in fourth place this year, ABC is looking for big changes with 12 new series this season.

The network is down 5% to a 2.1 rating versus a year ago in live plus seven days of time-shifted viewing, after 33 weeks of the 2013-2014 season.

Beginning in the fall, ABC will start up five new comedies and one new drama, and is placing a strong focus on rebuilding Tuesday night around its "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", which started off strong a year ago but has since cooled. 

Two new comedies will start off the night: “Selfie,” about a lonely single woman blogger looking to revamp her life at 8 p.m. and “Manhattan Love Story,” a romantic comedy about a couple that explores their unfiltered and sometimes contradictory thoughts, at 8:30 p.m.

“We are going to be the only network doing comedy [on that night]” says Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, during a press conference.

At 9 p.m. comes “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, which is followed by “Forever,” a new fantasy series about a star medical examiner who explores his immortality, at 10 p.m.

Wednesday will get the addition of “Black-ish” at 9:30 p.m., which ABC says is about a black family moving to the suburbs. The network, in its description of the show, asks: “Has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?”

ABC’s high-flying “Scandal,” now at 9 p.m. on Thursday (previously 10 p.m.) will look to launch new drama “How to Get Away with Murder” at 10 p.m. It stars Viola Davis at a law professor who becomes entangled with some of her law students. “Grey’s Anatomy” now moves to 8 p.m. after its long run at 9 p.m. on Thurdays

Although ratings numbers tell one story, Lee says viewers are “passionate” about many ABC shows -- especially its dramas like “Scandal,” “Once Upon a Time," “Resurrection,” and “Revenge.”

“Cristela” is a new 8:30 comedy for Friday about an ambitious young female law intern from a traditional Mexican-American family. Lee notes that with the likes of “Shark Tank,” ABC remains the leading network on Friday.

Other shows that will air in the coming season:

“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” set in 1946, explores the life of a single woman who is a covert agent in post-World War 2 America. “American Crime” follows the after-effects in a community after a vicious attack on a young married couple in California where the husband is killed.

“Secrets and Lies” shows how one good Samaritan turns into a murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods. ”The Whispers” is about aliens invading the Earth using children as a resource to achieve world domination. Lee says this is more “E.T.” than, say, “Poltergeist.”

“Fresh Off the Boat” examines the life of an 11-year old Asian-American boy and his family in the 1990s, and their move to suburban Orlando. “Galavant” is a musical comedy fairy tale.

Lee says many of these new shows will work into the schedule via “split”  seasons of older veteran shows -- a practice that ABC and other networks have used in the past where shows get periodic breaks throughout the season.


(New programs in CAPS. All Times ET)


8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m.“Castle”


8:00 p.m.“SELFIE”


9:00 p.m.“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

10:00 p.m.“FOREVER”


8:00 p.m. “The Middle”

8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs”

9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “BLACK-ISH”

10:00 p.m. “Nashville”


8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

9:00 p.m. “Scandal”



8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m. “CRISTELA”

9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m. “20/20”


8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”


7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”

9:00 p.m. “Resurrection”

10:00 p.m. “Revenge”

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  1. Pamela Noga from WJMN-TV3, May 14, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.

    Well ... that ought to do it; keep ABC in 4th place I mean.