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ABC Reveals Fall Line-up; “Castle”, “Better Off Ted”, “Scrubs” to Return

May 19th, 2009 | Posted by Heather Campbell in Cancellations | Casting alert | The Pick-Up Game | Tune In Info | TV News
Nathan Fillion stars in "Castle" (photo credit: ABC)

Nathan Fillion stars in "Castle" (photo credit: ABC)

ABC held its upfront presentation this afternoon, introducing 11 new programs that will fill out the schedule alongside the network’s 17 returning series.

Four series that were considered to be on the bubble can now be counted among the returning shows:  “Castle“, “Better Off Ted“, “Scrubs” and “True Beauty“.

Items that stood out: Neither “Cupid” or “The Unusuals” were not mentioned at all, making it pretty safe to assume they will not be returning next year.  Christina Applegate’s “Samantha Who?” was previously announced as not returning.  “Ugly Betty” will be relocated from its prime Thursday real estate to make room for “Flash Forward”.

ABC led off their presentation by sharing the first act of new show “Flash Forward”, the Ralph Fiennes thriller/mystery centered on an mysterious event during which every person in the world blacks out, each seeing 2:17 of their future during that time.  The show creators came in with complete show bible, meaning that like “Lost“, the entire story has been created in advance, ensuring a defined roadmap for the future of the show’s story.

The pilot episode of the new Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd produced sit-com “Modern Family” was shown in its entirety, giving a first glance into the sort-of-scripted, sort-of-not feeling show that follows the dynamics of 3 families via faux-documentary footage and interviews.

Check out ABC’s fall schedule after the jump:

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern):

DAY    TIME    SERIES

MONDAY:    8:00 p.m.     “Dancing with the Stars” (two-hours)
10:00 p.m.    “Castle”

TUESDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Shark Tank”
9:00 p.m.    “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m.    “The Forgotten”

WEDNESDAY:    8:00 p.m.        “Hank”
8:30 p.m.    “The Middle”
9:00 p.m.    “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m.    “Cougar Town”
10:00 p.m.     “Eastwick”

THURSDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Flash Forward”
9:00 p.m.    “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m.    “Private Practice”

FRIDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Supernanny”
9:00 p.m.    “Ugly Betty”
10:00 p.m.    “20/20″

SATURDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY:    7:00 p.m.    “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m.    “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 p.m.    “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 p.m.    “Brothers & Sisters”

“The Bachelor” will air Monday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. following the run of “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted” will air at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively, following the run of “Dancing with the Stars The Results Show.”

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