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ABC inviting faves to 'Dancing With Stars'

ABC is casting for an all-star edition of "Dancing With the Stars" this fall and is seeking to turn its Sunday night schedule into "a battle between good and evil," the network's entertainment chief said Tuesday.

The third-place network ordered 10 new series for next season, six of them dramas. In keeping with the staggered premiere schedule currently in vogue, only four of the new shows will start in September.

The network is looking to bring back favorites from the 14 editions of "Dancing With the Stars," its most popular show.

In addition to the new shows, ABC is renewing six freshman series from the current season. "Missing" and "The River" are among the newly canceled. T

ABC's most important rebuilding job next season will come on Sunday, the most popular night for TV viewing. "Desperate Housewives" had its series finale, and the show designed to replace it, "GCBs," failed and was canceled.

But "Once Upon a Time" was an unexpected success this season, and it will be paired with "Revenge," which will move from Wednesday nights. A new drama to wrap up the night, "666 Park Avenue," is about a New York building with supernatural forces.

Two comedies that were introduced in the time slot following "Modern Family" on Wednesday nights -- "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23" -- will air on Tuesdays in the fall. When "Dancing With the Stars" ends, ABC will add two new sitcoms on that night in January.

The only new comedy to begin in September will be "The Neighbors," about a family that moves into a New Jersey gated community where the neighbors are aliens from Zabvron, "where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears," ABC said.

The country music drama "Nashville" begins on Wednesday in the fall, starring Connie Britton as a veteran singer whose career is on the wane. ABC is putting the new action piece "Last Resort" on Thursdays. It features Andre Braugher as the captain of a doomed military submarine.

Starting in November, ABC will attempt to establish two family comedies on Friday nights. One is Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing," back for its sophomore season, and the other is "Malibu Country," starring Reba McEntire as a mother who divorces a country music star and moves to California.

Other series premieres will be sprinkled through the rest of the season: "Mistresses," with Alyssa Milano as one of four women friends; the crime series "Red Widow"; and "Zero Hour," which brings Anthony Edwards of "ER" back to TV in a paranormal mystery.

Here's the fall schedule:

Monday: 8 p.m. -- "Dancing With the Stars"

10 p.m. -- "Castle"


8 p.m. -- "Dancing With the Stars Results"

9 p.m. -- "Happy Endings"

9:30 p.m. -- "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"

10 p.m. -- "Private Practice"


8 p.m. -- "The Middle"

8:30 p.m. -- "Suburgatory"

9 p.m. -- "Modern Family"

9:30 p.m. -- "The Neighbors"

10 p.m. -- "Nashville"


8 p.m. -- "Last Resort"

9 p.m. -- "Grey's Anatomy"

10 p.m. -- "Scandal"


8 p.m. -- "Shark Tank"

9 p.m. -- "Primetime: What Would You Do"

10 p.m. -- "2 0/2 0"


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. -- "666 Park Avenue"

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