'Dancing With the Stars' returns in March, 'Mind Games' gets a 'Bachelor'-led launch
The network has also set a spring premiere date for its drama "Black Box" and ordered a new "Toy Story" special for the holidays.
The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" will launch Monday, March 17, again sticking to its one-night-per-week format. ABC chief Paul Lee says he was pleased with the new format for "DWTS" in the fall, and while there may be a few minor tweaks to the show, it's likely to look much the same.
"Mind Games" will debut at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, Feb. 25, two weeks earlier than it was initially scheduled to premiere. As a result, the low-rated "Killer Women" will "end a little early," Lee says.
ABC also hopes to give "Mind Games" a boost by doubling up on "Bachelor" that week -- it will air in its regular Monday spot on Feb. 24, then have a second two-hour episode on Feb. 25.
"Black Box," about a neurologist ( Kelly Reilly) who's hiding her own bipolar disorder, will premiere at 10 p.m. ET Thursday, April 24. "Scandal," which had its episode order reduced following star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, will have finished its season by then.
Finally, ABC has picked up "Toy Story That Time Forgot," a Pixar holiday special for the 2014 Christmas season. In it, the "Toy Story" gang encounters a delusional set of action figures and has to figure out a way to get back to Bonnie's room.