ABC sets fall premiere dates

'Suburgatory,' 'Neighbors' switch timeslots

ABC will concentrate most of its fall season bows to the traditional premiere week beginning Sept. 24, the network announced Thursday.

The sked includes a switch in its Wednesday comedy block, with second-year comedy “Suburgatory” moving from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the coveted timeslot following “Modern Family.” New comedy “The Neighbors,” which had the 9:30 p.m. timeslot on the sked ABC announced at the upfronts in May, moves to 8:30 p.m. but will still get to premiere after “Modern” on Sept. 26 before moving to its regular slot the following week.

Another Wednesday comedy, “The Middle,” will get a one-hour premiere the same night “Neighbors” bows. “Suburgatory” won’t premiere until Oct. 17.

New series debuting during premiere week include “Last Resort,” which will serve lead-in duties for the season premieres of returning “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” on Sept. 27, and “666 Park Avenue,” which will have the season premieres of “Once Upon A Time” and “Revenge” as lead-ins on Sept. 30.Alphabet’s strategy largely mirrors what CBS is doing but not NBC and Fox, which scattered many of their own bows earlier in September. But the Alphabet employed a similar strategy last year, pushing nearly everything to one week with the notable exception of “Once Upon A Time,” which may owe its rookie success to staying out of the fray and launching in late October.

This year, it’s “Nashville” that will get the delayed treatment, waiting until Oct. 10 to launch.

New comedy pairing of returning series “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” will bow Oct. 23 while another returning comedy pair, “Last Man Standing” and new series “Malibu Country,” will sit on the bench until Nov. 2.

“Malibu,” which stars country music icon Reba McEntire, will be well-situated considering ABC will air the “CMA Awards” on Nov. 1.

Unscripted series “Shark Tank” moves to 9 p.m. on Nov. 2, but will get an early jump on the fall at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14, along with the season premieres of “20/20” and “What Would You Do?”

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