Fall TV: ABC Premiere Dates Include Two-Hour Grey's, October Launch for Wonderland

Fall TV Schedule ABCLast but never least, ABC has revealed its premiere plan for the fall TV season, and it includes — as TVLine predicted — a two-hour opener for Grey’s Anatomy Season 10, as well as a supersized return for Modern Family.

ABC’s schedule (more or less) kicks off Sept. 16 with the new season of Dancing With the Stars, while the network’s 100-percent new, S.H.I.E.L.D.-fronted Tuesday line-up debuts Sept. 24. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland closes ABC’s premiere slate with its Oct. 10 series debut.

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On tap for midseason: Suburgatory, the new dramas Killer Women, Mind Games and Resurrection, and the freshman comedy Mixology.

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All told, ABC’s plan looks like… this:

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
10 pm 20/20

MONDAY, SEPT. 16
8 pm Dancing With the Stars (two hours)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20
8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm The Neighbors
9 pm Shark Tank

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23
10 pm Castle

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
8 pm MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (new series)
9 pm THE GOLDBERGS (new series)
9:30 pm TROPHY WIFE (new series — read our First Impression)
10 pm LUCKY 7 (new series)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm BACK IN THE GAME (new series)
9 pm Modern Family (one hour)
10 pm Nashville

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (two hours)

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 29
8 pm Once Upon a Time
9 pm Revenge
10 pm BETRAYAL (new series)

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WEDNESDAY, OCT 2
9;30 pm SUPER FUN NIGHT (new series — read our First Impression)

THURSDAY, OCT. 3
10 pm Scandal

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SUNDAY, OCT. 6
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos

THURSDAY, OCT. 10
8 pm ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (new series)

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42 Comments
  1. Becca says:

    I will be in an extremely good mood on Sept. 23rd :)

  2. Maki says:

    Putting OUAT premier at the same start date as VD S5 opener isn’t that smart.
    Glad for GA double opener.

    • iMember says:

      If you think The Vampire Diaries is going to outperform OUATIW though, you’re wrong.

      • Mike R. says:

        Putting it against BBT on a weekly basis isn’t smart, but it will be practically unaffected by VD.

      • Amber says:

        sorry but there is no way that once upon a time in wonderland will beat vampire diaries in ratings, they are on there fifth season and there ratings are thru the roof, most of America tunes in to watch, and where as i love once upon a time there sporadic scheduling last season lost A LOT of fans, and a lot the fans still here do not think having a spin off is a smart move right now. so sorry but i really don’t think the show has even a sliver of a chance of beating the vampire diaries in ratings.

        • Jsss says:

          No cw show has ratings that are “thru the roof” it MIGHT be semi-close in the demo but wonderland will still probably come out on top.

        • Abby says:

          While your loyalty to Vampire Diaries is sweet and a testament to it’s survival on a network that specializes in cult hits for young audiences (which is what the CW and VD are, in a nutshell), you are unfortunately mistaken about the ratings. Vampire Diaries gets roughly 2.5 million viewers a week (most of America, you say?), for new episodes, while OUAT, which is in the mainstream, closes over 6mil, every week. (What roughly amounts to a 1.1 vs. a 2.3 share every single week.) Whether Once Wonderland has the traction that OUAT has, and beats VD, remains to be seen – but it’s entirely possible, considering the fact that OUAT’s existing audience is already double VD’s. Wonderland is also the lead-in for Grey’s, which consistently beats both in the ratings game, so Wonderland might also have this going for it, too.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          VAMPIRE DIARIES finale: 1.0 demo rating, 2.2 million viewers
          The very cancelled LAST RESORT finale ratings: 1.2 demo rating, 5.4 million viewers
          The very cancelled MISSING finale ratings: 1.3 demo rating, 6.5 million viewers

        • Alex says:

          Actually most of the fans saw this coming (the spin off series) and where looking forward to it, so I dont know where you are getting this info.

  3. trainwreck says:

    Woohoo for Two Hour Grey’s Premiere! #10SeasonAndStillStandingStrong!

    Meanwhile, Sunday night shows seem so overly melodramatic: Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Betrayal :P

    • iMember says:

      The Sunday night shows are so much fun though! Well, Once I hope gets better after that disappointing finale. Revenge is back in top form and I can’t wait to see it (that season finale was AMAZING), and I don’t have any interest in Betrayal.

  4. iMember says:

    REVENGEEEE!!! I’m so amped up for this new season.

  5. megan says:

    yay for Grey’s being 2 hours. Kinda figured that after they did the table read yesterday for eps 1&2

  6. Tania says:

    Yay for 2 hour Grey’s opener!

  7. Tania says:

    September is going to be a busy month for me!

  8. David says:

    As someone who doesn’t really pay attention to these things that much, is it risky to put a whole new block of shows all on one night (Tuesday)? Or does that happen often?

  9. twilight123 says:

    2 hours Grey’s!! I CAN’T WAIT!

  10. unkystan says:

    I really despise the split seasons. Here’s an idea. Instead of shows taking off for weeks on end, why not alternate 2 series in the same time slot? Jack Benny Show did this for years.

  11. Sunny says:

    Any news on when we’ll see Suburgatory?

  12. GTS says:

    Why are all three of ABC’s Thursday night show premiering different weeks?

  13. rmr says:

    2 hrs Grey’s hopefully more than 2 minutes Calzona. <3<3

    • A says:

      For me, I’m hoping for more Callie and less evil witch Arizona!

      • dax says:

        Wish that were possible.. but only peerson Callie had more screentime with other than Arizona was Mark – sadly no there anymore. Only if Bailey or Cristina can divert her attention from her cheating better half!

  14. H.Houston says:

    Scandal doesn’t start until October… good grief. They open their season 6th…they could have started Scandal on the 19th (the week before Greys)

    • Cdeno says:

      Not really. Grey’s is 2 hrs from 9-11 cutting into Scandal’s time slot. ABC’s plan from what I gather is to air all new episodes from September till the Christmas break. Starting Scandal the week prior to Grey’s wouldn’t make sense seeing as it wouldn’t be on the week of Grey’s premiere.

  15. tiffany says:

    Hope for a lot of Dr.Bailey sceen time. She is gonna save the Chief. And hopefully as little time as possibly of Jo. Jo go away. Bring back Izzie or Lexie. I know Lexie died but everybody knows their a way to bring her and Mark back Shonda does want too. That was revenge on the fan for have an opinion. If she had of killed Mer/Der, she would have found away to bring them back. And I would have been happy because I love Mer/Der just like I love Slexie.

  16. Tough premiere date on September 23rd: Castle vs. The Blacklist vs. Hostages in the 10 p.m. Monday night time slot.

  17. Ana says:

    First cancellations will go to: Lucky 7, Betrayal and Super Fun Night. OUATiW not looking too strong either at that time. Happy for the two-hour Greys premiere but at the same time that means we get less weeks with original showings and therefore more breaks in between. Super excited about SHIELD, Scandal and Nashville…

  18. greysfan says:

    Glad for the 2 hour premiere of Grey’s but premiering Wonderland 2 weeks after and Scandal in the middle? Why not premiere OUATIW and Scandal on the same night? It’s a tough timeslot for Wonderland but I am really looking forward to the show and look at the original Once. People thought it would tank I remember it well and I said your joking right? I hoping it does better than people think and run 2nd behind CBS. Lets face it the 8pm hour is theirs.

    Looking forward to SHIELD, Castle, Revenge and Once as well. Big season ahead with so many better new shows on offer across the board than last season and yes there are already some duds.

  19. mo says:

    I, for one, can’t WAIT to see if Callie leaves Arizona. Arizona kept talking about how she lost a leg when Callie lost nothing (because your bff, daughter’s father and – apparently – your wife doesn’t count). I want to see Arizona eating her words and wanting a second chance (again…anyone else remember Africa?) and Callie turning her down cold. Callie was amazing during the whole thing and the only reason she took the leg was to save her life. At some point, that has to be important.

  20. Ileana says:

    October 3rd cannot come soon enough!!!

  21. Tom Charles says:

    Suburgatory should come back righter after Super Fun Night is canceled midway through its first episode.

  22. nobody special says:

    they start later, end earlier, and go into repeats sooner every damn year. soon, all seasons will consist of 3 episodes and a “retrospective” featuring favorite clips from those 3 episodes. why are we bothering?

  23. Al says:

    I thought Once Upon A Time in Wonderland was slated for mid season, to “bridge” the gap that OUAT would have when it went on hiatus in winter?

  24. Nat says:

    Am I the only one who thinks ABC were very oprtunistic to put Back In The Game on wednesdays?

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