ABC Unveils Fall 2009 Schedule

This morning Stephen McPherson, ABC Entertainment Group president, revealed ABC’s plans for next season and unveiled the network’s 2009-10 fall schedule. Plans that can be summed up in four words: A Bet on Comedy (ABC, get it?)

Adding to the already solid lineup which include the inexplicable ratings juggernaut that is DANCING WITH THE STARS, CASTLE, GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, UGLY BETTY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BROTHERS & SISTERS are a slew of high profile new Wednesday night comedies which include Kelsey Grammer’s HANK, Patricia Heaton’s THE MIDDLE, Ed O’Neill’s MODERN FAMILY and Courteney Cox’s COUGAR TOWN. Also on for the fall is the Jerry Bruckheimer procedural THE FORGOTTEN, the high concept sci-fi series FLASH FORWARD and EASTWICK based on the popular movie THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.

Being held for midseason are returning favorites LOST, SCRUBS, BETTER OFF TED and THE BACHELOR alongside new offerings V (a re-boot of the 80’s classic) and HAPPY TOWN (a small town murder mystery from the brains behind LIFE ON MARS and OCTOBER ROAD).

Full schedule after the jump with “Snap Judgements” following ABC’s upfront presentation later in the day.


MONDAY
8:00 PM: DANCING WITH THE STARS
10:00 PM: CASTLE

TUESDAY
8:00 PM: SHARK TANK
9:00 PM: DANCING WITH THE STARS RESULTS SHOW
10:00 PM: THE FORGOTTEN

WEDNESDAY
8:00 PM: HANK
8:30 PM: THE MIDDLE
9:00 PM: MODERN FAMILY
9:30 PM: COUGAR TOWN
10:00 PM: EASTWICK

THURSDAY
8:00 PM: FLASH FORWARD
9:00 PM: GREY’S ANATOMY
10:00 PM: PRIVATE PRACTICE

FRIDAY
8:00 PM: SUPERNANNY
9:00 PM: UGLY BETTY
10:00 PM: 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 PM: SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SUNDAY
7:00 PM: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS
8:00 PM: EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION
9:00 PM: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
10:00 PM: BROTHERS & SISTERS

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  • nctodc

    I can’t freakin’ believe they’re moving Ugly Betty to the Friday night wasteland…GRRR….

  • nctodc,

    UGLY BETTY’s bump to Friday definitely doesn’t bode well for the show’s future.

  • Nick

    Okay, where’s According to Jim?

  • Nick: It’s canceled already
    They should have kept Samantha Who instead of Scrubs. Don’t get me wrong I love Scrubs but the season 8 finale was a fitting series finale already.

  • Ace

    Ouch on the move to Friday for Betty. I guess we can pretty much call this the last season. I’m sad that they are keeping Better Off Ted until mid-season, they should really be replaying that during the summer, building a following and bringing it back strong in Sept. Other than the returners, I’m looking forward to Flash Forward and Eastwick.

  • Wow, it’s almost like a whole new ABC. I’ve heard almost nothing about most of those new shows. Shark Tank? Forgotten? Eastwick?

    Flash Forward does sound moderately intriguing.

    I intentionally gave up on Ugly Betty. For those who continued to watch, I’m curious, did the show revisit the same tired plot lines and character tendencies yet again this past season?

    I take it Scrubs comes back mid-season like Lost does.

  • john

    where is “the deep end” ?? didnt that get picked up, dont see it on the fall or midseason schedule..

  • OG

    didn’t someone already try to do a remake of “V”? …and it was horrible.