It’s that time of year again, when the major TV networks unveil their fall schedules and we get a little glimpse of what we might be obsessing about at the water cooler from September to May. Here’s a look at the schedule and, more importantly, new shows that ABC announced at its Upfronts presentations in New York City today (CBS and the CW will present over the next few days):
ABC's Fall 2013 Schedule (all times ET)
8-9 p.m. — Once Upon a Time
9-10 p.m. — Revenge
10-11 p.m. — BETRAYAL (DRAMA) – Twisty and infidelicious, this soap/legal drama hybrid follows a female photographer who has a torrid affair with a defense lawyer. But when he gets a big murder case, he has to go up against her husband, the prosecuting attorney, in court. James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum), Henry Thomas (E.T.), Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend (Night Stalker), and Wendy Moniz (Damages) star.
Ship watch: Sara/Jack
8-9 p.m. — Dancing With the Stars
10-11 p.m. — Castle
8-9 p.m. — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (DRAMA) —Joss Whedon’s Avengers spin-off featuring Agent Coulson (Clarkson Gregg) and his staff of superhero protectors has been hotly anticipated by many (especially here at H&H). In fact, we’ve already got a ship we’re rooting for. The cast, led by Gregg (Avengers), also features Ming-Na Wen (ER), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), and Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street).
Ship watch: FitzSimmons
First S.H.I.E.L.D. teaser trailer:
9-9:30 p.m. — The Goldbergs (COMEDY) – The funny Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and George Segal (Just Shoot Me) star in this dysfunctional family comedy about a basketcase mom with no filter.
9:30-10 p.m. — Trophy Wife (COMEDY) – West Wing fave Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman (Subergatory) play the married odd couple at the heart of this comedy. They met-cute at a karaoke bar when she literally fell into his arms, but can the bubbly young blonde deal with his three kids and two ex-wives?
Ship Watch: Kate/Pete
10-11 p.m. — Lucky 7 (DRAMA) – Matt Long (Jack & Bobby) and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Wire) lead a cast of mostly unknowns in this drama about seven service station employees in Queens who win the lottery and have their lives changed forever.
8 pm — The Middle
8:30 p.m. — Back in the Game (COMEDY) — If you really loved last year’s Clint Eastwood–Amy Adams baseball movie, you might dig this sitcom of a single mom (Psych’s Maggie Lawson) who moves in with her estranged former baseball player dad (James Caan) and ends up rediscovering her love of sports.
9-9:30 p.m. — Modern Family
9:30-10 p.m. — Super Fun Night (COMEDY) – Two Words: Rebel. Wilson. The hot comedienne stars in this long-in-development comedy featuring three geek girlfriends who vow to shake things up and start having cool-kid weekends. Lauren Ash (Lost Girl) and Liza Lapira (Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) co-star.
Ship Watch: Kimmie/Richard
10-11 p.m. — Nashville
8-9 p.m. — Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (DRAMA) – The hit ABC drama goes through the looking glass in this spinoff following Alice (Sophie Lowe) and her adventures. John Lithgow voices the White Rabbit but sadly, OUAT’s Mad Hatter Sebastian Stan isn’t onboard for this one.
Ship Watch: Alice/Cyrus; Alice/Knave of Hearts?
9-10 p.m. — Grey’s Anatomy
10-11 p.m. — Scandal
8-8:30 p.m. — Last Man Standing
8:30-9 p.m. — The Neighbors
9-10 p.m. — Shark Tank
10-11 p.m. — 20/20
ABC's Spring 2014 New Shows
Mixology – (DRAMA) — A cast of hot young things including Once Upon a Time’s Sarah Bolger, The Following’s Adam Canto, and Glee’s Vanessa Lengies, are all searching for love at the same Manhattan singles bar—on the same night! Yup, a full season with all episodes of this sitcom taking place over the course of one night. I hope someone ordered extra booze.
Ship Watch: EVERYONE/EVERYONE!
Killer Women – (DRAMA) — Hot cowboys and badass babes abound in this action-procedural starring Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer as beauty queen-turned-first-female-Texas Ranger Molly Parker. The show, produced by Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara, is adapted from a popular Argentinian series Mueres Asesinas (based on a book series by Marisa Grinstein). Additional eye candy costars are Buffy’s Marc Blucas as her lover and Michael Trucco (BSG reunion!) as her brother.
Ship watch: Molly/Dan; Billy/Nessa
Mind Games – (DRAMA) — Christian Slater and Steve Zahn play crime-solving brothers in this brainy new drama from Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake). A bipolar psych genius and a smooth criminal (ok, ex-con), they solve crimes by relying on human motivation and manipulation. Think Supernatural meets Leverage.
Resurrection – (DRAMA) — In the small town of Arcadia, the dead come back. Not as ghosts or zombies or vampires, but just as people, looking like you just saw them yesterday. Creepy? Touching? A little bit of both? Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show), Samaire Armstrong (The Mentalist) and Omar Epps (House) star.
Tara Gelsomino is a reader, writer, pop culture junkie, and internet addict. You can tweet her at @taragel.