ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Black Box' & 'Dancing With the Stars' + 'Mind Games' Replaces 'Killer Women'

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January 17th, 2014

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via press release:

ABC ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW DRAMA SERIES “BLACK BOX”
ALONG WITH “Dancing with the Stars” AND AN ALL-NEW DISNEY
PIXAR SPECIAL,
“TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT,” FOR THE 2014 HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Two-Night Event Scheduled For “The Bachelor,”

And New Premiere Date for “Mind Games” on Tuesday, February 25

 

Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today announced premiere dates for the new drama series “Black Box” on THURSDAY, APRIL 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), along with a new season of “Dancing with the Stars” on MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), and the pick-up of an all-new Disney•Pixar holiday special, “Toy Story That Time Forgot” for the 2014 holiday season, following the recent success of “Toy Story OF TERROR!.”

 

The network also announced a special two-night “Bachelor” event featuring everyone’s favorite Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 and TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), and new drama “Mind Games” will now premiere on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), following night two of the “Bachelor” event.

 

Following is information about the series and special, in alphabetical order:

 

The Bachelor” (Monday, February 24 & Tuesday, February 25, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

 

Juan Pablo Galavis, the former Venezuelan soccer player, stepped out of the limo to meet last season’s Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, and into the hearts of female fans across the country who were taken with his sincerity, easy-going charm and good looks. The dashing single dad, very devoted to his daughter, Camila, was ready to find love. Juan Pablo became one of the most talked about men of the season, despite failing to win Desiree’s heart. The fans spoke and now Juan Pablo is back for his own chance to find the love of his life, wife and stepmother to his daughter.

 

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.  Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers.

 

“BLACK BOX” (Thursday, April 24 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)

 

Catherine Black is a world-famous neurologist at the state-of-the-art medical institution known as “The Cube.” Catherine is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game, though she’s hiding a secret of her own: she’s bipolar. Each week, the doctors on staff attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television. The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast. The personal stories are riveting. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we’ll see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them.

 

“Black Box” stars Kelly Reilly as Catherine Black, Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, David Ajala as Will Van Renseller, Ali Wong as Dr. Lina Lark, Laura Fraser as Reagan Black, David Chisum as Joshua Black, Siobhan Williams as Esme Black with Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely and Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Hartramph.

 

“Black Box” was written by Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal”). Simon Curtis (“My Week with Marilyn”) is the director. Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”), Amy Holden Jones, Bryan Singer (“House,” “X-Men”), Anne Thomopoulos (“Oz,” “From the Earth to the Moon”), Oly Obst, Gary Michael Walters (“Drive,” “Bobby”), David Lancaster (“Drive,” Broadway’s “The Bridges of Madison County”) and Michel Litvak are the executive producers. The series is a production of Bold Films Television.

 

Dancing with the Stars” (Monday, March 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

 

Dancing with the Stars” returns for its 18th season with an all-new celebrity cast. The competition will feature twelve celebrities who will brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week, these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

 

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning  Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

 

“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.

 

“MIND GAMES” (Tuesday, February 25, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)

 

With a little bit of science, a dash of con-artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi Mind Tricks, brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients’ dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in Edwards and Associates, an unusual business based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they’re not aware.

 

By using the hard science of psychological manipulation, the brothers commit to solving their clients’ problems. With Clark’s expertise and Ross’s con artist ways, each believing to know what makes people tick, and with their unique staff to help them, the brothers will use psychology and science to offer clients an alternative to their fates.

 

“Mind Games” stars Steve Zahn as Clark, Christian Slater as Ross, Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megan, Gregory Marcel as Miles, Jaime Ray Newman as Sam, and Cedric Sanders as Latrell.

 

Written and executive-produced by Kyle Killen, the series is also executive-produced by Keith Redmon, Timothy Busfield and Donald Todd. “Mind Games” is a 20th Century Fox Television production.

 

“TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT” (Holiday 2014)

 

“Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Disney•Pixar’s new Christmas special featuring your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films, will air during the holidays this year on ABC. The special comes on the heels of the success of “Toy Story OF TERROR!,” which premiered to stellar ratings this past October.

 

During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie's room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.”

 

ABC’s October 2013 premiere of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” ranked No. 1 in its time period among Total Viewers (10.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.1/10), giving the Net its best performance in the half-hour in nearly 2 years – since 11/09/11.  In addition, it was the night’s dominant No. 1 show with Kids 2-11 posting the Net’s highest rating in the half-hour in almost 6 years – 11/28/07.

 

The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

 

“Toy Story That Time Forgot” is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Steve Purcell. The special is from Disney•Pixar.

 
  • Shepherd

    Black Box: Because having a closet bipolar lead has done a world of good for Homeland. ;)

  • Jon

    Black box and Mind games seem like two more throw away Tv shows. Why do networks premiere shows in Feb and march. Very rarely are shows starting that late ever renewed.

  • Cyrax86

    Does this mean Killer Women is pulled from the schedule or “only” the last 2 of its 8 episodes?

  • CBSviewer

    Minds Game sounds like The Mentalist but I will try it anyway.

  • Matthew Chapman

    thefutoncritic ?@thefutoncritic 52s
    ABC at #TCA14 – Paul Lee says he hopes to find a place to air the rest of #TheAssets; adds #KillerWomen will stay put on Tuesdays.

    So Killer Women’s episode order has been cut then?

  • J.G.

    Way to bury the lead that the rest of Scandal’s order will be running straight through with a (presumably) April 17 finale.

  • Bee

    OMG. so scandal’s finale is april 17!? wowow. i never thought ABC would do it lol

  • Cyrax86

    @Matthew Chapman, I’m sure they have already filmed all 8 episodes so he probably means it’s airing till Mind Games arrives. Which means the last 2 will be available online or something.

  • NJ Viewer

    I predict those both those shows get pulled after 2 or 3 airings.

  • Ultima

    @NJ Viewer
    I predict those both those shows get pulled after 2 or 3 airings.

    Because networks tend to pull underperforming shows in the spring when they have nothing to replace them with?

    :roll:

  • Ultima

    @Bee
    so scandal’s finale is april 17!? wowow. i never thought ABC would do it lol

    It was either that or pull it off the schedule for another month.

  • Bee

    ^ that’s what i thought they’d do lol 4 weeks of eps.. 4 weeks of breaks.. 4 episodes again lol didn’t think they could resist not airing during may sweeps.

  • Cyrax86

    Per TVline, Paul Lee on cancelling Body of Proof: “we didn’t think it would grow.”

    And yet he picked up Betrayal, Lucky 7 & Killer Women…

  • Ultima

    @Jon
    Why do networks premiere shows in Feb and march.

    Because just ordering enough shows to fill up your fall schedule and hoping none fail (or just airing repeats all spring) would be a really stupid idea.

    Very rarely are shows starting that late ever renewed.

    Very rarely? No. Rarely? Sure, but keep in mind that most new fall shows are canceled, too.

    There have been plenty of spring premieres that have been successful over the past decade. Just on ABC you have Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Scandal.

  • Ultima

    @Bee
    that’s what i thought they’d do lol 4 weeks of eps.. 4 weeks of breaks.. 4 episodes again lol didn’t think they could resist not airing during may sweeps.

    I thought they might do that and air The Black Box at 10pm during the hiatus, moving it to 8pm during sweeps.

    However, it might simply be that The Black Box wouldn’t be ready for a late March premiere.

  • Jules

    So I guess DWTS remaining on Mondays only for now

  • Tony JJ

    @Jon

    Greys Anatomy and Scandal and Castle all premiered in either March or April and they are some of ABC’s biggest hits. Obviously it’s harder for midseason shows to become hits but ABC has had some big midseason successes in past years. Mind Games looks to niche to become a hit. Black Box could do well but I have a feeling it’ll be another “assets”.

  • Ultima

    @Cyrax
    Per TVline, Paul Lee on cancelling Body of Proof: “we didn’t think it would grow.”

    And yet he picked up Betrayal, Lucky 7 & Killer Women…

    He made an educated decision based on nearly three seasons worth of ratings that Body of Proof wasn’t going anywhere and wasn’t going to make the network and studio money.

    It DOES NOT MATTER how subsequent shows do. People seem to think that the question is “Would Body of Proof have done better than Lucky 7, Killer Women et al?” That’s wrong. The question is “Would Body of Proof have been profitable?” That answer is still “No.”

  • Cyrax86

    @Ultima, Yeah I know, it was just a huge disappointment for me that the 4th season renewal did not happen after the somewhat surprising 3rd season renewal, plus that I liked that show much better than any ABC drama premiered in the previous and current seasons…

    In other news, it’s being speculated that Thursday Night Football might air on ABC next season. Not only the death slot could be solved that way but also they would be more competitive if Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal moved to Tuesdays for example.

  • PurpleDrazi

    In other news, it’s being speculated that Thursday Night Football might air on ABC next season.

    I just read that on TV line. I think it would be the answer to ABC’s prayers. 3 hours of guaranteed high ratings plus now there will be 3 less hours they have to worry about programming (at least in the Fall).

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