Reba’s Up Last as ABC Announces Fall Premiere Plans

Four faces of ABC: Emily VanCamp ("Revenge") and Reba McIntyre ("Malibu Country"); Nathan Fillion ("Castle") and Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family"). (Photos: ABC)

Reba McIntyre’s new comedy series will be the last of ABC’s new shows to premiere this fall — on Nov. 2 — as ABC announces a wide-ranging fall-premiere schedule that will get underway Sept. 14.

The first of the fall premieres on ABC: The return of “Shark Tank” on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8/7c. (Editorial comment alert: Say, didn’t a “shark tank” figure into a “Happy Days” episode that was so notorious it led to the creation of the phrase “jumping the shark”? Yes, it did.)

Well, if ABC wants to start its new season with “Shark Tank,” then that’s their business. As it happens, “Shark Tank” serves as a kind of bracket for ABC’s fall rollout.

In the press release ABC issued Thursday about its rollout plans, “Shark Tank” was the first show seen on the list — on Sept. 14 — and the last. It’s seen on the Friday, Nov. 2, date at 9/8c, bumping up to the later hour to accommodate the premieres of Reba’s new sitcom “Malibu Country” at 8:30/7:30c, preceded by Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” starting its second season on a new night — Fridays at 8/7c.

But that night of premieres is at the tail end of ABC’s premiere plans. Here’s the rest of ABC’s fall premiere schedule (all times eastern):

Friday, Sept. 14
8-9 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9-10 p.m. “What Would You Do?”
10-11 p.m. “20/20”

Monday, Sept. 24
8-10 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”
10-11 p.m. “Castle”

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8-10 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars, the Results Show”
10-11 p.m. “Private Practice”

Wednesday, Sept. 26
8-9 p.m. “The Middle” (special one-hour premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family”
9-10 p.m. “The Neighbors” (series premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27
8-9 p.m. “Last Resort”
9-10 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10-11 p.m. “Scandal”

Watch last May’s season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”:
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Sunday, Sept. 30
8-9 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9-10 p.m. “Revenge”
10-11 p.m. “666 Park Avenue”

Wednesday, Oct. 3
8:30-9 p.m. “The Neighbors” (regular time period premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 7
7-8 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

Wednesday, Oct. 10
10-11 p.m. “Nashville”

Wednesday, Oct. 17
9:30-10 p.m. “Suburgatory”

Tuesday, Oct. 23
9-9:30 p.m. “Happy Endings”
9:30-10 p.m. “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”

Friday, Nov. 2
8-8:30 p.m. “Last Man Standing”
8:30-9 p.m. “Malibu Country”
9-10 p.m. “Shark Tank” (new time period premiere)

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