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    I posted some of the new Fall shows for NBC & FOX last night. Today was ABC's turn.

    Here's the trailer for Joss Whedon's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It's set after the "Battle of New York" which occurred in 'The Avengers,' and follows the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as they deal with villains & heroes in the Marvel Universe. How directly the storyline of this show will connect to the overall story arcs occurring in the Marvel films hasn't been specified. But since Whedon is directly involved as executive producer & shaping the story for 'Avengers 2' which he's directing, it will likely drop small hints here & there.


    From the A.V. Club:

    ABC heads into the 2013-14 season in the very strange position of having a bunch of shows that work kind of well—particularly once DVR viewing is factored in—but still probably ending up as the last place network (unless The Voice finale, which should lift NBC over ABC in all measures, tanks). Yes, ABC can talk about how it beats NBC (and sometimes Fox) if you remove sports from the equation, but nobody’s removing sports from the equation, because sports are one of the few reliable ratings generators in this day and age. Last spring, the network made what seemed like a smart move in shifting Revenge to Sundays in the Desperate Housewives slot. It worked for a week or two, but the show’s second season was so flawed that viewers left in droves for the scads of interesting other shows on the night. Later in the summer, the network moved Suburgatory after Modern Family, which seemed like another smart move, only for it to actually hurt Suburgatory in the ratings. Combine all of this with the collapse of Dancing With The Stars, and you have a recipe for where ABC is right now.
    A lot of the new stuff ABC has planned seems like either throwbacks to old shows of yesteryear, or spinoffs & derivations of their current lineup. For example, "The Goldbergs" is basically "The Wonder Years," except this time set in the 1980s & Patton Oswalt is narrating instead of Daniel Stern.

    "The Goldbergs" stars Sean Giambrone as a dorky 11-year-old documenting the lives of his family (including parents Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey) with his video camera. "The Goldbergs" will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM, right after Marvel’s "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
    Airing after "The Goldbergs" on Tuesday night is "Trophy Wife," which has sort of a "Modern Family" feel to it. The show stars Malin Akerman as the young, third wife of Bradley Whitford, with her & all of the branches of her new husband's family having to acclimate to the new situation.

    Malin Akerman leads as a “reformed party girl” who marries a man (Bradley Whitford) with two ex-wives and three kids.
    Moving to Wednesday night, ABC is introducing two new comedies to sandwich in-between "The Middle," "Modern Family," and "Nashville."

    "Back in the Game" is at 8:30 PM. The show is very "Bad News Bears" and stars Maggie Lawson as a former softball player who volunteers to coach her son’s ragtag Little League team, and James Caan plays her dad whom she's living with after a messy divorce. At 9:30 pm, after "Modern Family," is the new Rebel Wilson comedy "Super Fun Night."

    The series revolves around three single ladies who for the past 13 years have set aside every Friday night as "Friday Fun Night". That is, until one of the individuals, Kimmie Boubier (played by Wilson), decides it's time to take this party to the next level after befriending an attorney.
    ABC's "Once Upon a Time" has been a strong show for the network. So they've decided to go once more to the well with "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which will air on Thursdays at 8pm in front of "Grey's Anatomy."

    Set in Victorian London, a young woman named Alice starts telling stories about a strange land, but nobody believes her and is about to be put away for her own safety. That is, until she is rescued by the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit, setting in motion their adventure into Wonderland.
    Finally, on Sundays "Betrayal" has been paired with "Revenge."

    "Betrayal" centers on a married woman who strikes up an affair with a married man, only to find out that her lover is on the opposite side of a murder trial as her husband.
    Other shows ABC has waiting in the wings as replacements:
    • "Mixology" - Hailing from 'Hangover' writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the comedy follows ten attractive young people looking for love and/or sex at a hip bar in Manhattan. The twist of the show is that (ala "24") each episode in the season is a continuation of what's occurring over just one night in the bar.
    • "Killer Women" - Tricia Helfer of "Battlestar Galactica" stars as a female Texas Ranger kickin' ass in the name of the law.
    • "Mind Games" - Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as brothers who use psychological manipulation to solve their clients’ problems.
    • "Resurrection" - This show will probably appeal to the "Lost" demographic. It concerns an 8-year-old Missouri boy believed to be dead suddenly reappears three decades later — and still 8 years old.

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