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ABC Moves Ugly Betty to Friday, Picks Up 11 New Shows in Announcing Fall Schedule at Upfronts

ABC's Fall Plans: Betty on Friday, 5 New Shows on Wednesday

ABC kept Upfronts going on Tuesday by announcing nearly a dozen new shows for next TV season. In total, the network picked up six dramas, four comedies, and a new reality series for Fall and midseason.

Among returning shows, the biggest news is the move of Ugly Betty to Fridays at 9 p.m. In its place on Thursdays is Flash Forward, which has already gotten a big push with some teaser ads during Lost.

Meanwhile, Wednesdays will be all new — and that includes two hours of comedy. Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton get the night started with back-to-back shows Hank and The Middle. Then it moves to the mockumentary-style Modern Family and Courteney Cox's Cougar Town. The night ends with the drama Eastwick, based on the movie The Witches of Eastwick.

Scrubs and Better Off Ted will take over an hour on Tuesday once Dancing with the Stars ends its Fall season, while Castle stays put after Dancing on Monday.

I'll be back with more thoughts, pictures, and video later in the day, but for now, you can check out the full schedule and ABC's descriptions of its shows when you

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MONDAY
8 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (followed by The Bachelor)
10 p.m. Castle

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Shark Tank
9 p.m. Dancing with the Stars results show (followed by Scrubs and Better Off Ted)
10 p.m. The Forgotten

WEDNESDAY:
8 p.m. Hank
8:30 p.m. The Middle
9 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Cougar Town
10 p.m. Eastwick

THURSDAY
8 p.m. Flash Forward
9 p.m. Grey's Anatomy
10 p.m. Private Practice

FRIDAY
8 p.m. Supernanny
9 p.m. Ugly Betty
10 p.m. 20/20

SATURDAY
8 p.m. College football

SUNDAY
7 p.m. America's Funniest Home Videos
8 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives
10 p.m. Brothers and Sisters

**New midseason shows: V, The Deep End, Happy Town

The New Shows

The Deep End: Each year one of LA's most prestigious law firms recruits four young lawyers from the finest law schools worldwide. The only way for these first-years to survive is to support each othereven as they compete against one another in the cutthroat arena of high-end law. Sex, greed, romance, betrayal it's all part of being a first year associate at Sterling Law. The Deep End stars Matt Long as Dylan Hewitt, Ben Lawson as Liam Priory, Tina Majorino as Addy Fisher, Norbert Leo Butz as Rowdy Kaiser, Leah Pipes as Beth Bancroft, Billy Zane as Cliff Huddle, Sherri Saum as Susan Oppenheim and Clancy Brown as Hart Sterling. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television. David Hemingson is executive producer/writer. The pilot was directed by Michael Fresco.

Eastwick: Three very different women find themselves drawn together by a mysterious man who unleashes unique powers in each of them, and this small New England town will never be the same. The series is based on the popular movie The Witches of Eastwick and on the novel of the same title by John Updike. Eastwick stars Rebecca Romijn as Roxie Torcoletti, Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener, Paul Gross as Darryl Van Horne, Sara Rue as Penny, Veronica Cartwright as Bun, Johann Urb as Will, Jon Bernthal as Raymond and Ashley Benson as Mia. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Maggie Friedman is executive producer/writer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter.

Flash Forward: When a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future, and every man, woman and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled. Adapting award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer's revolutionary novel, executive producers David S. Goyer (visionary co-writer of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise invite you to embark on a journey to answer the question, "if you knew what your future held, what would you do?" Flash Forward stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, Courtney B. Vance as Stan Wedeck, Brian O'Byrne as Aaron Stark, Christine Woods as Janis Hawk, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley and Peyton List as Nicole. The series is from ABC Studios. David S. Goyer is executive producer/writer/director. Brannon Braga is executive producer and co-wrote the pilot. Other executive producers are Marc Guggenheim, Jessika Goyer, Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza. Guggenheim will be the showrunner, along with Goyer.

The Forgotten: From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes a crime show in which a team of dedicated amateurs work on cases involving unidentified victims. After the police have given up, this group must first solve the puzzle of the victim's identity in order to then help catch the killer. They work to give the deceased back their names, lest they become — The Forgotten. The Forgotten stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Alex, Reiko Aylesworth as Linda, Michelle Borth as Candace, Bob Stephenson as Walter, Anthony Carrigan as Tyler and Rochelle Aytes as Detective Grace Russell. The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. Mark Friedman is executive producer/writer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers, KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer and Danny Cannon is executive producer/director.

Happy Town: Haplin, Minnesota, "Happy Town," is approaching almost a decade of peace after being riddled for years by unsolved kidnappings. But in the wake of this small town's first crime in seven years, some dark truths are being revealed about some familiar faces. They say every town has its secrets that doesn't even begin to describe Happy Town. Happy Town stars Geoff Stults as Tommy Conroy, Lauren German as Henley, Amy Acker as Rachel Conroy, Dean Winters as John Haplin, John Patrick Amedori as Andrew Haplin, Sarah Gadon as Georgia Bravin, Jay Paulson as Larry Root Beer' Rogers, Robert Wisdom as Roger Hobbes and Sam Neill as Merritt Grieves. The series is from ABC Studios. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are executive producers and co-writers. The pilot was directed by Gary Fleder, who is also an executive producer.

V: V is a re-imagining of the 1980's miniseries about the world's first encounter with an alien race in which the aliens call themselves The Visitors, and have a seemingly friendly agenda that may or may not be a cover for something more malevolent. V stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack Landry, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie Stevens, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker. The series is produced by HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television. Scott Peters is executive producer/writer and Steve Pearlman and Jace Hall are executive producers. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Yves Simoneau.

Cougar Town: Courteney Cox stars as a recently divorced single mother exploring the honest truths about dating and aging in our beauty and youth obsessed culture. Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox as Jules, Christa Miller as Elle, Busy Philipps as Laurie, Dan Byrd as Travis, Brian Van Holt as Bobby, Josh Hopkins as Grayson and Ian Gomez as Andy. The series is from ABC Studios. Bill Lawrence is executive producer/writer/director, Kevin Biegel is writer/co-executive producer, and Courteney Cox and David Arquette are executive producers.

Hank: Kelsey Grammer stars in this timely comedy as Hank Pryor, a titan of industry who suddenly finds himself out of work, almost out of money and around a wife and kids for whom he's never made much time. Despite his recent setbacks, however, Hank is confident he's on the road back to the top. He knows he is destined to return to greatness. And he is just not the greatness he imagines. Hank stars Kelsey Grammer as Hank, Melinda McGraw as Tilly, David Koechner as Grady, Macey Cruthird as Maddie and Ryan Wynott as Henry. The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with McMonkey Inc., Grammnet Productions, Werner Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. It is written by Tucker Cawley. Tom Werner, Tucker Cawley, Kelsey Grammer and Mike Clements serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by James Burrows.

The Middle: The Hecks are a middle class family living in the middle of Indiana, just trying to keep their heads above water. Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars as a wife and mother of three in a comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. The Middle stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Charlie McDermott as Axel. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline are executive producers/writers and Werner Walian is producer. The pilot was directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

Modern Family: Today's American families come in all shapes and sizes. Shot from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, this comedy takes a modern look at the complications that come with being a family in 2009. Modern Family stars Ed O'Neill as Jay, Sofa Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Ty Burrell as Phil, Julie Bowen as Claire, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Nolan Gould as Luke and Ariel Winter as Alex. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are executive producers. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer.

Shark Tank: From Mark Burnett, executive producer of Survivor and The Apprentice, and Sony Pictures Television comes Shark Tank, an exciting new reality show that gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and become successful and possibly wealthy business people. But the entrepreneurs must first try to convince five tough, multi-millionaire tycoons to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they need to jumpstart their ideas. In these trying economic times, it's difficult for an individual possessing a dream or even a working small business poised for growth to get a loan for a risky venture. Whether it be an imaginative enhancement for an existing product, a family recipe that has all the ingredients to become a profitable culinary treat, or the latest technological gadget that could take the world by storm, most of these dreams die an early death because no one dared take a financial chance on someone with an unproven and oftentimes outrageous proposal. Many of these people now see Shark Tank as their last chance at success. Some have been laboring on their ideas for years or even decades, have invested large amounts of money, and are being pressured to throw in the towel by friends and family. Others have simply never had access to the means to live out their dreams, until now. Enter the Sharks of Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran (Manhattan real estate titan), Kevin Harrington (king of infomercials), Robert Herjavec (technology tycoon), Daymond John (fashion mogul) and Kevin O'Leary (venture capitalist) five multi-millionaires who lifted themselves up by their bootstraps to make their own entrepreneurial dreams come true and turned their ideas into empires. Each week ambitious entrepreneurs from across the country will present their breakthrough business concepts, products, properties and services to the panel of ruthless investors. Their goal is to convince these merciless moguls to invest their own dollars in the concept. Convincing real-life millionaires to part with their own money is no easy task, because when the idea is poor, the Sharks will tear into the ill-prepared presenters and pass on the idea with a simple, "I'm out!" -- sending them running for the exit. But these Sharks aren't just out for blood, they too have a goal: to own a piece of the next big idea. Entrepreneurs will be asked to give up a percentage of their companies' equity to the Sharks in order to get the investment they need. But when the Sharks hear a really top-notch idea, and more than one of them wants to sink their teeth into it, a war between them will erupt. Then the once-desperate entrepreneur can rejoice when the Sharks reveal their true interest in the product and bid up the price of the investment.

Photo copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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pargie pargie 6 years
Joseph Fiennes is so hawt! Too hawt for tv even, I can't wait.
sundew sundew 6 years
Soooo happy Better off Ted will be back!
a-million-suns a-million-suns 6 years
Oh no. The Ugly Betty move doesn't surprise me, but it does disappoint me. Although I do think the show has gone downhill, I don't think it's time to start killing it. It's still a good show in my opinion.
helwa1988 helwa1988 6 years
no samantha who? I hate you ABC! you always kill the good shows and replace them with crappy ones. and now you are moving ugly betty to fridays? it looks like you are about to kill show as well. ABC you are making bad choices. first it was carpoolers now its samantha who? Bring back Sam!
helwa1988 helwa1988 6 years
no samantha who? I hate you ABC! you always kill the good shows and replace them with crappy ones. and now you are moving ugly betty to fridays? it looks like you are about to kill show as well.ABC you are making bad choices. first it was carpoolers now its samantha who?Bring back Sam!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Uh-oh Betty on Fridays? Have to agree with the above posts that that signals the beginning of the end.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
man....abc really blows! ugly betty was great the 1st season and so was samantha who. (weren't america and christina nominated for emmys for those shows??) i'm excited to see tina majorino on tv.....andre and corrinna corrina were fav movies of mine when i was little!! i like lindsey price and courtney cox, so i hope those shows are decent!
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
man....abc really blows! ugly betty was great the 1st season and so was samantha who. (weren't america and christina nominated for emmys for those shows??)i'm excited to see tina majorino on tv.....andre and corrinna corrina were fav movies of mine when i was little!!i like lindsey price and courtney cox, so i hope those shows are decent!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 6 years
tiabia...samantha who got cancelled
kikidawn kikidawn 6 years
I'm glad that DH, GA and B&S will all be back. My favorite shows!! :)
kikidawn kikidawn 6 years
I'm glad that DH, GA and B&S will all be back. My favorite shows!! :)
tiabia tiabia 6 years
...how could I forget the slow killing of "Men In Trees"..UGH!
tiabia tiabia 6 years
Where is "Samantha, Who?" ABC really knows how to murder it's shows. At one point I thought ABC was proud to be the beacon of light for original programming. It brought us "Lost" for goodness sakes...then a return to the prime-time soap opera with "Desperate Housewives" and the hospital drama with "Grey's Anatomy" and then came "Ugly Betty", "Pushing Daisies" AND "Eli Stone" with the whimsy, and then a return to the 80s mega-rich power families in "Dirty, Sexy, Money"...and now...not so much. I can only hope ABC isn't trying to take the "beat a dead horse" award from CBS...such a shame!
tiabia tiabia 6 years
Where is "Samantha, Who?"ABC really knows how to murder it's shows. At one point I thought ABC was proud to be the beacon of light for original programming. It brought us "Lost" for goodness sakes...then a return to the prime-time soap opera with "Desperate Housewives" and the hospital drama with "Grey's Anatomy" and then came "Ugly Betty", "Pushing Daisies" AND "Eli Stone" with the whimsy, and then a return to the 80s mega-rich power families in "Dirty, Sexy, Money"...and now...not so much. I can only hope ABC isn't trying to take the "beat a dead horse" award from CBS...such a shame!
Allyace Allyace 6 years
I actually really thought they were going to cancel Betty this year when they pulled it from the schedule for a few weeks, so I guess we should be happy that it is coming back at all... Not a big fan of most of the new shows. I'll give Flash Forward and Eastwick a chance, but that's about it.
shmoo15 shmoo15 6 years
Fridays=death. So sad. Also, I'm completely unexcited about any of these shows
shmoo15 shmoo15 6 years
Fridays=death. So sad.Also, I'm completely unexcited about any of these shows
wren074 wren074 6 years
Meh. None of the new shows sound very exciting, although I do have a soft spot of Joseph Fiennes after Shakespeare in Love. Bad move pushing Ugly Betty to Friday night. Kiss of death. If ABC really want to end this show, they should do it properly and with respect rather than what they are doing. It will die a slow death. Sad.
wren074 wren074 6 years
Meh. None of the new shows sound very exciting, although I do have a soft spot of Joseph Fiennes after Shakespeare in Love. Bad move pushing Ugly Betty to Friday night. Kiss of death. If ABC really want to end this show, they should do it properly and with respect rather than what they are doing. It will die a slow death. Sad.
khameel khameel 6 years
I am not happy about Ugly Betty being moved to Fridays. This worries me, because I love that show!
glynislily glynislily 6 years
ABC has been trying to kill Betty all year. First they randomly take it off for two other shows, but that failed. So when Betty returned they give it no advertising (like Pushing Daisies). That seems to have worked a little so now they are moving it to Friday and I bet you there will be zero ads for the move and poof Betty will be dead before Christmas.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 6 years
bad move on the Ugly Betty front. Good thing I can still catch up on the episodes I miss on ABC's website.
yummymango yummymango 6 years
Yeah, my sentiments exactly. Friday night = death. Ugh! Thanks a lot, ABC! x_x
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Ah, Friday night, where shows go to die.
smileyface smileyface 6 years
Betty on Fridays...hmmm. Don't know how I feel about that. Could that be a sign that Betty is on its way out? If the numbers weren't that good on Thursdays, what makes ABC think that more people will tune in on Fridays?
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