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ABC Shrinking "DWTS" to Single Night for 2013-2014 Seaon

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- ABC is making a drastic change to Dancing with the Stars for next fall.

The network announced on Tuesday that it will no longer air the reality series on two nights per week.  Instead, it is folding the Dancing with the Stars results show into the competition's performance show as part of a two-hour block on Monday nights.

ABC has traditionally aired a one-hour Dancing with the Stars results show on Tuesdays, one day after the performance show.

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee explained the decision to reporters: "We think that by taking the results show and building it in to the two-hour block, from 8 to 10 on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night."

Not only that, but the downsizing of Dancing with the Stars also helps make room on Tuesdays for ABC's most-hyped new series: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., from The Avengers director Joss Whedon. At ABC Tevelision's Upfront presentation Tuesday night in New York City, Whedon told ABC News Radio that the TV series is completely different than the silver screen version.

"It’s about the small people because even though we touch on superhero things -- and there’s a certain amount of spectacle -- unlike the movies, this is about the people who didn’t win the lottery," he added. "What happens if you live in that world and you’re not burdened by greatness?"

ABC has added a total of eight new shows for the fall.  Aside from S.H.I.E.L.D., they are:

  • Super Fun Night, a comedy featuring Bridesmaids actress and recent MTV Movie Awards host Rebel Wilson as an attorney who bonds with her two BFFs every Friday during what they call a "Fun Night" date;
  • The Goldbergs, a Wonder Years-esque comedy focusing on an 11-year-old boy in the 1980s who captures the goings-on in his eccentric family with a video camera;
  • Trophy Wife, a comedy starring Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who's integrated into the extended family of her new husband and his two ex-wives;
  • Lucky 7, a drama executive produced by Steven Spielberg.  It will revolve around seven gas station employees who win the lottery;
  • Back in the Game, a comedy centered around a former star softball player who agrees to coach a team of misfits;
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the previously-reported Once Upon a Time spin-off;
  • Betrayal, a drama that dwells on an affair between a photographer and an attorney, and how it plays into a murder investigation.

In addition, ABC will air a Toy Story special titled Toy Story of Terror in October.  You can check out all of the new programs, including the network's midseason offerings, at

ABC is throwing a new wrinkle into its schedule for the 2013-2014 season: it plans to air some of its series in blocks of 12 episodes.  In other words, certain shows will air 12 episodes, then go on hiatus before returning later in the season for another 12 episodes.

Here is ABC's 2013-2014 schedule.  All times Eastern:

Dancing With The Stars -- 8-10 p.m.
Castle -- 10-11 p.m.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- 8-9 p.m.
The Goldbergs -- 9-9:30 p.m.
Trophy Wife -- 9:30-10 p.m.
Lucky 7 -- 10-11 p.m.

The Middle -- 8-8:30 p.m.
Back in the Game -- 8:30-9 p.m.
Modern Family -- 9-9:30 p.m.
Super Fun Night -- 9:30-10 p.m.
Nashville -- 10-11 p.m.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland -- 8-9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy -- 9-10 p.m.
Scandal -- 10-11 p.m.

Last Man Standing -- 8-8:30 p.m.
The Neighbors -- 8:30-9 p.m.
Shark Tank -- 9-10 p.m.
20/20 -- 10-11 p.m.

Saturday Night College Football -- 8 p.m.

America’s Funniest Home Videos -- 7-8 p.m.
Once Upon A Time -- 8-9 p.m.
Revenge -- 9-10 p.m.
Betrayal -- 10-11 p.m.

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