ABC fall TV 2011 schedule predictions: Comedy block tinkering, fresh dramas
Keeping that in mind, below is the schedule we'd put together if we were running ABC. It's based on shows that are already renewed, our sense of what will be canceled, advance word about which pilots are doing well at network screenings and, frankly, a little bit of guessing. This is what we would do -- let us know how you would schedule the network in the comments. (New shows are in italics, all times Eastern.)
8:00 "Dancing With the Stars"
No need to mess with a good thing here.
8:00 Untitled Tim Allen comedy
9:00 "Dancing With the Stars" results
10:00 "Body of Proof"
The Tim Allen comedy -- a family show about a guy who's trying to stay a man's man in a family full of women -- is said to have strong support inside the network and could lead off the night. "Suburgatory" is another family show that could match up well. If ABC feels like it needs to give the new comedy block a little support, it could move the "DWTS" results to 8. "Body of Proof" has performed solidly this spring, but moving it to another night might be risky at this point.
8:00 "The Middle"
8:30 "Cougar Town"
9:00 "Modern Family"
9:30 "Don't Trust the B***h in Apartment 23"
10:00 "Once Upon a Time"
"Cougar Town" gets bumped up to 8:30 to give the "Modern Family" launchpad to "Apartment 23," the network's buzziest comedy (the pilot for which, incidentally, was directed by frequent "MF" helmer Jason Winer). Fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" tries to reverse ABC's 10 p.m. Wednesday curse.
8:00 "Charlie's Angels"
9:00 "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 "Private Practice"
Thursday at 8 has been a problem spot for ABC the past couple seasons. The network is said to be high on "Charlie's Angels," which has built-in name recognition and could be a fun, light way to kick off the night
8:00 "Shark Tank"
9:00 "Secret Millionaire"
We're kind of grasping at straws here. If ABC decides to try scripted shows here, procedurals "Identity" and "Poe" (which is set in the 1840s and has some supernatural overtones) could be contenders.
8:00 "Saturday Night College Football"
Already locked in.
7:00 "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00 "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 "Brothers & Sisters" OR "Good Christian B***hes"
We have a feeling "Brothers & Sisters" will get a shortened final season, but we're not sure whether ABC would run it in the fall or at midseason. If the network holds off on "B&S," "Good Christian B***hes" -- or whatever it ends up being called -- seems like a natural fit with "Desperate Housewives."
Other contenders: "Mr. Sunshine" and "Happy Endings" are tossups to return next season, while it feels like "V" will get left out. If the network sticks with unscripted fare on Fridays, "Identity" and "Poe" could be midseason shows. The Shonda Rhimes-produced "Damage Control" (aka "Scandal") probably shouldn't be counted out either, if for no other reason than it's produced by Shonda Rhimes. Dramas "The Revenge" and "Hallelujah" also have some support.
What would you like to see ABC put on its schedule for the fall?