<p>Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher in ABC's &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher in ABC's "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

ABC's 2012-13 schedule: 'Revenge' to Sunday, 'Happy Endings' and 'Apt. 23' to Tuesday

Network tries to build on year that had hits but still led to distant finish

ABC had a very strange 2011-12 TV season. On the one hand, "Modern Family" had its biggest ratings yet, the network launched the top-rated new drama of the season in "Once Upon a Time," had a much-buzzed-about (if more modestly-rated) new success in "Revenge," and had four other rookies ("Suburgatory," "Scandal," "Last Man Standing" and "Don't Trust the (Beaver) in Apt. 23") do well enough to merit renewal for another season.

On the other hand, those successes — plus the continuation of other hits like "Grey's Anatomy" (still the most-watched drama on TV in the 18-49 demographic) and "Dancing with the Stars" — likely won't be enough to keep the network out of fourth place in the season's demo ratings. Even if NBC will only squeak ahead of ABC because it aired the Super Bowl, that's still not a good overall result considering all the successes.

But on an upfront press conference call, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee acknowledged that the network needed a lot of work when he took over a couple of years ago.

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<p>Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee in "Smash."

Credit: NBC

Season finale review: 'Smash' - 'Bombshell'

The show will go on, but should it?

A review of the "Smash" season finale — and some thoughts on where the show should/could go in its second season — coming up just as soon as I hate it when you get literal...

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<p>Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Season finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Magician's Code'

Lily gives birth, Barney takes Quinn on a trip, and Ted makes a call

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" season finale coming up just as soon as I recount a romantic tale by a Diaper Genie...

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<p>Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in &quot;Once Upon a Time.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parilla in "Once Upon a Time." 

Credit: ABC

Season finale review: 'Once Upon a Time - 'A Land Without Magic'

What did everybody think of the ABC fantasy drama's first season?

A brief review of — and mainly just lots of spoilers for — the "Once Upon a Time" season finale coming up just as soon as I just go for my gun...

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<p>Mindy Kaling's &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;&nbsp;will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.</p>

Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.

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FOX's 2012-13 schedule: 'Glee' to Thursday and a Tuesday comedy bloc

'X Factor' in the fall and 'American Idol' in spring don't leave a lot of wiggle room

Once upon a time, FOX was the hyper kid with a short attention span of Upfront Week. The network — with its commitments at different times of year to baseball, football, "American Idol," etc. — would swoop in to announce a two-, three- or even four-pronged schedule involving dozens of shows that would constantly jump around to different nights and/or times. Frequently, those plans would be scrapped by the time we got into the season (if not sooner), and some shows would never even air at all.

Now, though, the 25-year-old FOX is embracing a stable, conservative, bordering on dull mindset as it seeks stability in its adult life. With "X Factor" as a plausible fall stand-in for "Idol" — even if it wasn't the indestructible hit that FOX and Simon Cowell had suggested it would be — the network announced a new schedule on Monday morning that was among the more stable we're going to see this week, with only three new shows on in the fall, and minimal changes planned for mid-season.

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<p>January Jones in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

January Jones in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Dark Shadows'

Betty, Don and Roger each chart a selfish course

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have my lawyer tell your lawyer what time dinner is...

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

'Girls' - 'Hard Being Easy': The unsmoteable

Hannah's plan backfires and Marnie tries to win back Charlie

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I have a suing app on my iPhone...

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<p>Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO

'Game of Thrones' - 'A Man Without Honor': Horse and hound

Jaime has a plan, Theon hunts for the Stark Boys and Jon Snow gets led astray

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I meet a literate stonemason...

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<p>Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with &quot;Go On,&quot; but not to Thursday nights.</p>

Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with "Go On," but not to Thursday nights.

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NBC's 2012-13 schedule: 'The Voice' and football trump Thursday nostalgia

Peacock focuses on early part of the week rather than home of its '80s & '90s triumphs

For more than 20 years, NBC owned Thursday nights. No matter what else was ailing the Peacock, the network could count on an orderly transfer of power from "The Cosby Show" to "Cheers," from "Seinfeld" to "Friends," from "L.A. Law" to "ER."

Now, Thursdays are just one more problem in an ever-mounting pile of them, with the network consistently coming in fourth on a night it used to dominate, and many weeks finishing in a dead heat with Univision — which may explain why the night is an afterthought in the fall schedule that NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt announced on Sunday afternoon.

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<p>The women of Wisteria Lane &mdash; Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross &mdash; back in the pilot of &quot;Desperate Housewives.&quot;</p>

The women of Wisteria Lane — Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross — back in the pilot of "Desperate Housewives."

Credit: ABC

'Desperate Housewives' says goodbye after improbable success

Primetime soap broke various rules, turned into huge phenomenon
It's tempting to look at ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which comes to the end of its eight-season run tomorrow night at 9, and suggest that a show like that would have trouble getting on television today. But the fact is, "Desperate Housewives" had just as much trouble getting on the air back in 2004. It was not only one of TV's biggest successes of the '00s, but one of the medium's most improbable.
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