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ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates – Including for ‘Modern Family’

ABC confident enough of comedy's return to put it on the schedule

The adult stars of "Modern Family" may be suing to get out of their contracts, but ABC is confident enough that it's merely a negotiating tactic that the network has included the show on its schedule of fall premieres.

"Modern Family," ABC assures us, will be back Sept. 26.

On Tuesday, the cast of ABC's most successful show refused to take part in a table read for its fourth season premiere, and instead sued, demanding that their contracts be voided. (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara initially filed suit, and Ed O'Neill, who is negotiating separately over his contract, joined them in solidarity.) All are seeking significant salary increases.

The suit didn't mean the stars genuinely wanted to leave the show — only that they were using every means possible to negotiate.

Also read: 'Modern Family' Table Read Is Back On After Lawsuit Filed

In a sign that the two sides are likely to come to a deal, they have since agreed to go ahead with the table read.

That's good not only because "Modern Family" makes millions of dollars for ABC, but also because it plans to use "Modern Family" to launch the new alien comedy "The Neighbors." It will premiere after "Modern Family" at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 before moving the next week to its regular time slot, at 8:30. On Oct. 17, sophomore series "Suburgatory" will take the plum slot after "Modern Family."  

Here are all of the premiere dates ABC announced Thursday:

Friday, September 14

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “Shark Tank”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “What Would You Do?”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “20/20”


Monday, September 24

8:00-10:00 p.m.           “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Castle”


Tuesday, September 25

8:00-10:00 p.m.           “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Private Practice”


Wednesday, September 26

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “The Middle” (special one-hour premiere)

9:00-9:30 p.m.             “Modern Family”

9:30-10:00 p.m.           “The Neighbors” (series premiere)


Thursday, September 27

8:00-9:00 p.m.                 “Last Resort”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Scandal”


Sunday, September 30

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “Once Upon a Time”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Revenge”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “666 Park Avenue”


Wednesday, October 3

8:30-9:00 p.m.             “The Neighbors” (regular time period premiere)


Sunday, October 7

7:00-8:00 p.m.             “America’s Funniest Home Videos”


Wednesday, October 10

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Nashville”


Wednesday, October 17

9:30-10:00 p.m.           “Suburgatory”



Tuesday, October 23

9:00-9:30 p.m.             “Happy Endings”

9:30-10:00 p.m.           “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”


Friday, November 2

8:00-8:30 p.m.             “Last Man Standing”

8:30-9:00 p.m.             “Malibu Country”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Shark Tank” (new time period premiere)