ABC Schedule: 'Once' Spinoff to Open Thursdays; 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' on Tuesdays

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After struggling for years to launch a new drama on Thursdays 8 p.m., ABC is turning to almost sure-thing Wonderland-themed Once Upon a Time spinoff to open the night.

The move comes after ABC looked to lure men in the pre-Grey's Anatomy position with Shawn Ryan's since-canceled Last Resort, which despite critical praise failed to move forward. The network has struggled to launch a hit in the slot since Ugly Betty moved from the 8 p.m. hour in 2009. In the years since, the time period -- dubbed "the black hole" -- has featured short-lived efforts including Charlie's Angeles, Missing, My Generation and FlashForward.

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With double-digit declines for its Dancing With the Stars results show on Tuesday, ABC is trimming the reality competition entry to one night a week, leaving the aging series on Mondays at 8 p.m. and slotting Joss Whedon's highly anticipated Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in its place on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Disney-owned network will rely on the Marvel Comics adaptation -- which ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee has noted appeals to men, women and children -- to launch family-friendly comedies in The Goldbergs at 9 p.m. and Trophy Wife at 9:30 p.m., leading into drama Lucky 7.

On Wednesdays, Suburagtory will be held for midseason with rookie family baseball comedy Back in the Game taking its 8:30 p.m. slot and Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night snagging the prime post-Modern Family position.

Sundays will largely remain the same with Once Upon a Time, Revenge and new addition Betrayal.

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Meanwhile, critical punching bag The Neighbors will move from Wednesdays to Fridays, joining returning Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing

Here's ABC's full schedule (new shows in bold):

DAY                           TIME              SERIES

MONDAY:                8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars”
                                   10:00 p.m.       “Castle”

TUESDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
                                    9:00 p.m.         “The Goldbergs”
                                    9:30 p.m.         “Trophy Wife”
                                    10:00 p.m.       “Lucky 7”

WEDNESDAY:        8:00 p.m.         “The Middle”
                                   8:30 p.m.         “Back in the Game”
                                    9:00 p.m.         “Modern Family”
                                   9:30 p.m.         “Super Fun Night”
                                    10:00 p.m.       “Nashville”

THURSDAY:            8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”
                                    9:00 p.m.         “Grey’s Anatomy”
                                   10:00 p.m.       “Scandal”

FRIDAY:                   8:00 p.m.         “Last Man Standing”
                                   8:30 p.m.         “The Neighbors”
                                   9:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank”
                                   10:00 p.m.       “20/20”

SATURDAY:            8:00 p.m.         “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY:                  7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
                                   8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time”
                                   9:00 p.m.         “Revenge”
                                   10:00 p.m.       “Betrayal”