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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.
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.
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”
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