ABC released its 2011-2012 TV Schedule and it's stocked with returning favorites, big stars and a remake of a classic show.
The schedule, released on Tuesday, confirmed which shows were picked up for the new TV season and when they would be airing. ABC cancelled nine shows from last season so that means there is a full compliment of new shows.
As expected ABC's reality juggernaut, Dancing with the Stars will anchor the lineup on Monday with a two hour block from 8pm-10pm and a results show on Tuesday from 9pm-10pm. Returning in the 10pm-11pm slot on Mondays is crime drama Castle. The show, starring Nathan Fillion, scored great ratings for ABC managing the highest ratings in it's time-slot.
Tuesday night features the return of Tim Allen to prime-time television. The Home Improvement star is set to feature in his new comedy Last Man Standing which will partner with fellow new comedy Man Up to form an hour of comedy from 8pm-9pm. Last years mid-season replacement Body of Proof will return in the 10pm-11pm slot.
The Middle, Modern Family and Happy Endings will all be back on Wednesday and will be joined by Suburgatory, a new comedy starring Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines and Saturday Night Live Alum Ana Gasteyer. Revenge, a new take on classic story, The Count of Monte Cristo will occupy the 10pm-11pm space.
ABC is hoping Thursday will prove to be a very successful night for the network. Returning favorites Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice are joined by Charlie's Angels, a remake of the classic 1970's show. The new show will air at eight followed by the two returning medical dramas.
Friday will feature no scripted shows with the lineup including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Shark Tank and 20/20
Two new shows will be joining the Sunday lineup. Once Upon a Time, a fantasy drama starring Jennifer Morrison of House fame and Pan Am a show about pilots and stewardesses set in the golden age of travel, the 1960s.
ABC has also included seven shows as mid-season replacements. Returning show, Cougar Town and new shows, The River, Work It, Missing, Scandals, Apartment 23 and Good Christian Belles will all premiere partway through the new season.
ABC expects to have a successful season with all of the new shows. Bill Gorman of TV By the Numbers sees that ABC's success could be contingent on other networks.
"ABC will finish 3rd in the adults 18-49 ratings for 2010-11, slightly ahead of NBC," said Gorman. "Next season NBC has the Super Bowl (assuming there is an NFL season), and with it will certainly finish ahead of ABC."
Gorman also said that large amount of turnover can't be good for the network.
"It's expensive in many ways for networks like ABC and NBC to keep creating and canceling that many new shows," said Gorman. "They'd be a lot better off if they had a higher 'batting average'."
ABC's fall schedule kicks of in September of 2011.