ABC Announces 2011-12 Premiere Dates

Modern Family
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Modern Family features not one, but three different dads, each heading their own family -- with varying degrees of success. Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), Cam Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) all struggle with their own relationship problems, and each other. From an intense fear of birds to an overwhelmingly competitive spirit, no father is perfect, but they all share a desire to navigate their loved ones down the correct path. Strangely, they all suffer from recurring flashbacks as well.

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