Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ABC's 2012-13 TV schedule

ABC seems to be following the lead of rival NBC in adding more comedies on similar nights to its schedule. Going head to head with "The Voice" on both Monday and Tuesday nights should prove to be interesting but I tend to think that those two shows have audiences in vastly different age groups and the sandwich of reality-comedy-drama on Tuesday will probably spell doom for both "Happy Endings" (which I truly love) and "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23" which is growing on me this year. Their fortunes may change when paired with a new duo of comedies in the first hour of primetime after Christmas but the damage may already be done by that point.

On the drama front, "Last Resort" sounds like the best of the new ABC drama offerings.

500 feet beneath the ocean's surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they're told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.

Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.

8:00 p.m.  “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. “Castle”

    In January:
8:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”
10:00 p.m.  “Castle”
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
9:00 p.m. “Happy Endings”
9:30 p.m. “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”
10:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

    In January:
8:00 p.m. “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)
8:30 p.m. “The Family Tools

8:00 p.m. “The Middle”
8:30 p.m. “Suburgatory”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “The Neighbors
10:00 p.m. “Nashville

8:00 p.m. “Last Resort
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Scandal”

8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

    In November:
8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing”
8:30 p.m. “Malibu Country
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”
8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00 p.m. “Revenge”
10:00 p.m.“666 Park Avenue

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