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ABC president on the 2014-15 schedule, split-season plans and new shows

'Marvel's Agent Carter'
'Marvel's Agent Carter'
Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski, used with permission

Continue getting ready for the fall with ABC's 2014 fall primetime schedule, which the network released on Tuesday, May 13. Following its release, we joined a conference call with the network's president, Paul Lee.

ABC's schedule strategy Lee says that they're closing the season strong, positioning them well for the fall, and the network is using "building blocks" every night of the week to launch its new shows. TV is now "about what you love, what you're passionate about," which he sees as playing to ABC's strengths. They went out and approached strongest voices and best storytellers and said to bring their "passion projects."

As for the schedule itself, which you can see in full below, nothing is changing Monday nights because of the stability of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle." However, that's not true for Tuesdays, as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is moving to 9 p.m. after the nice numbers they received testing it in that spot. Lee admits it took time for the show to "find its sea legs," but it's building buzz now, helped by interweaving storylines between "Captain America" and "S.H.I.E.L.D." Joining the returning show Tuesdays are two new comedies, "Selfie," which the ABC president called "beautifully done" and "charming," and the "adorable" "Manhattan Love Story," and the new procedural, "Forever."

Moving to Wednesday nights, "The Middle" and "Modern Family" have stayed strong and will remain in their time slots, and Lee thinks the show he calls the best comedy of the year, "The Goldbergs," will grow in its new slot and is "perfectly positioned to stay on the network for a very long time." "Nashville" is staying where it is, and he cites the gains they see between Live and Live+7.

On Thursdays, they're keeping the two power dramas, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" together, and using the latter to launch "How to Get Away with Murder." Shonda Rhimes is "one of the greatest voices on television," the ABC boss says. Despite 8 p.m. being a tough time slot and the content of "Grey's Anatomy," there are no concerns regarding this move. "We really think "Grey's" is such a strong show," he explains. "It has such a built-in audience."

Split-seasons Once again, ABC will be using split-seasons for multiple shows, including its Sunday night dramas, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." "Marvel's Agent Carter" will be bridging the gap between the fall finale and winter premiere for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and "Galavant" will be doing the same for "Once Upon a Time." "Basically it's a S.H.I.E.L.D. origin story with a kickass lead in Hayley Atwell," Lee says of "Agent Carter." As for "Galavant," he calls it ""Camelot" mixed with "Princess Bride.""

Season orders When "Resurrection" finishes its second season run (right now it has a 15-16 episode order), "American Crime," which the president says is "unlike anything you've seen on broadcast," will be taking its time slot. "Scandal" has received a full season order, as has "Revenge." Lee says the showrunners have a great idea to give "Revenge" a great twist and reset it.

Here's ABC's full fall primetime schedule, with new shows in bold:


8 p.m.: "Dancing with the Stars"

10 p.m.: "Castle"


8 p.m.: "Selfie"

8:30 p.m.: "Manhattan Love Story"

9 p.m.: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

10 p.m.: "Forever"


8 p.m.: "The Middle"

8:30 p.m.: "The Goldbergs"

9 p.m.: "Modern Family"

9:30 p.m.: "Black-ish"

10 p.m.: "Nashville"


8 p.m.: "Grey's Anatomy"

9 p.m.: "Scandal"

10 p.m.: "How to Get Away with Murder"


8 p.m.: "Last Man Standing"

8:30 p.m.: "Cristela"

9 p.m.: "Shark Tank"

10 p.m.: "20/20"


8 p.m.: "Saturday Night Football"


7 p.m.: "America's Funniest Home Videos"

8 p.m.: "Once Upon a Time"

9 p.m.: "Resurrection"

10 p.m.: "Revenge"

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