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Fall schedule announcement: Comic-book heroes blow up ABC’s Tuesday nights

Faced with eight new series to schedule (and four more waiting in the wings), ABC has done what any sensible broadcast network would do: Declare ever-competitive Tuesday nights a loss and fill the whole three hours with new programming. Everything else goes where you might expect (new comedies after established hits on Wednesdays; new dramas protected by veterans), but Tuesday marks a brave new world for ABC, headed by Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a bold attempt to knock NCIS out of the timeslot throne it’s owned for five years. Also bold: Doing what Fox refused to do with American Idol and The X Factor by paring a cooling reality franchise down to one night; Extreme Makeover: Tuesday Edition is only possible thanks to the elimination of the Dancing With The Stars results show.

The schedule follows. New shows are in bold and all caps.

8 p.m.: Dancing With The Stars
10 p.m.: Castle

8:00 p.m.: MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:30 p.m.: TROPHY WIFE
10 p.m.: LUCKY 7

8 p.m.: The Middle
8:30 p.m.: BACK IN THE GAME
9 p.m.: Modern Family
9:30 p.m.: SUPER FUN NIGHT
10 p.m.: Nashville

9 p.m.: Grey's Anatomy
10 p.m.: Scandal

8 p.m.: Last Man Standing
8:30 p.m.: The Neighbors
9 p.m.: Shark Tank
10 p.m.: 20/20

8 p.m.: Saturday Night College Football


7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos
8 p.m.: Once Upon A Time
9 p.m.: Revenge
10 p.m.: BETRAYAL

Currently unscheduled: Suburgatory, MIND GAMES, KILlER WOMEN, MIXOLOGY, and THE QUEST

We will return with full analysis later in the day; until then, discuss the lineup and/or whether or not that was Luke Cage in the S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer.

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