NEW YORK (AP) — ABC will introduce new shows about a fading country music star, a trapped submarine, alien neighbors and a creepy New York apartment building this fall.
The third-place network ordered 10 new series for next season, six of them dramas. In keeping with the year-round scheduling model now in vogue, only four new shows will start in September.
With “Desperate Housewives” ending its run and the now-canceled “GCB” failing to draw a Sunday night audience, ABC will move the soapy drama “Revenge” to Sundays in the fall.
Andre Braugher will star as the captain of a doomed submarine in the new “Last Resort.” Connie Britton is the country legend in “Nashville.” “666 Park Avenue” is the devilish apartment address, and September’s only new comedy is “The Neighbors.”
ABC is seeking to build on a lineup that includes the returning first-season dramas “Revenge” and “Once Upon a Time.” The network, led by the comedy “Modern Family,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” is averaging 3.1 million prime-time viewers in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. That’s down 3.7 percent from a year ago and trails NBC’s 3.19 million, according to Nielsen data as of May 13.
“Mistresses,” “Nashville,’’ “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” are the other new dramas, ABC said. The series finale of “Desperate Housewives” aired on Sunday.
ABC also will add four comedies: “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” “Malibu Country,” “The Neighbors” and “The Family Tools.” The network ordered new seasons of “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23,” “Happy Endings,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Suburgatory.”
NBC unveiled its schedule Sunday, Fox released its schedule Monday and CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched TV network, will reveal its prime-time changes Wednesday.
This report includes material from Bloomberg News.