ABC Announces 2011-12 Premiere Dates


Comedies "Modern Family," "The Middle" and Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" will get super-sized premieres.

ABC announced premiere dates for the 2011-12 season that includes super-sized premieres for multiple series. Wednesday comedies The Middle and Modern Family will both get special one-hour premieres on Sept. 21 leading into new drama Revenge. The rest of ABC’s Wednesday night comedy lineup – Suburgatory and Happy Endings will bow the following Wednesday in their regular time slots.

At this point, it's unclear whether the episodes will be an hour each or two back-to-back installments. An ABC spokesperson said that has yet to be decided.

Grey’s Anatomy will get a two-hour premiere Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. while Charlie’s Angels will lead off the night at 8 p.m. Private Practice will bow the following Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m.

Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing and Man Up – which will open up a new Tuesday comedy block for ABC – will bow in October after the Dancing with the Stars results show. Last Man Standing will get an hour-long premiere on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Man Up will bow Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 16

10 p.m. -- 20/20

Monday, September 19

8-10 p.m. -- Dancing with the Stars

10-11 p.m. -- Castle

Tuesday, September 20

9-10 p.m. -- Dancing with the Stars (results show)

10-11 p.m. -- Body of Proof

Wednesday, September 21

8-9 p.m. -- The Middle (special one-hour premiere)

9-10 p.m. -- Modern Family (special one-hour premiere)

10-11 p.m. -- Revenge                

Thursday, September 22

8-9 p.m. -- Charlie’s Angels

9-11 p.m. -- Grey’s Anatomy (special two-hour premiere)

Sunday, September 25

7-9 p.m. -- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (special two-hour premiere)

9-10 p.m. -- Desperate Housewives

10-11 p.m. -- Pan Am

Wednesday, September 28

8:30-9 p.m. -- Suburgatory

9:30-10 p.m. -- Happy Endings

Thursday, September 29

10-11 p.m. -- Private Practice

Sunday, October 2

7-8 p.m. -- America’s Funniest Home Videos

Tuesday, October 11

8- 9 p.m. -- Last Man Standing (special one-hour premiere)

Tuesday, October 18

8:30-9 p.m. Man Up!

Friday, October 21

8-10 p.m. -- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (time period premiere)

Sunday, October 23

8-9 p.m. -- Once Upon a Time