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

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January 17th, 2014


via press release:



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,” 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.

  • SerferTJ

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

    What about Zero Hour :P
    Besides, I’m sure ABC has plenty of shoddy reality competion shows… or God’s gift to ABC, Shark Tank repeats.


    Mind Games w/ Christian Slater & Steve Zahn

    Why do I think the odds are just not in their favor

  • Ultima

    3 hours of guaranteed high ratings

    High ratings are only good if they bring in enough revenue to offset the cost.

    However, at this point, maybe ABC is discovering the same thing that CBS and NBC did – it’s better to risk taking the NFL at a loss than to not have it at all.

    They might even be able to snag a couple of playoff games (the NFL is considering expanding to 14 playoff teams in two years), although they’re locked out of the Super Bowl until 2024 at the earliest.

    I think ABC would certainly lose money with Thursday Night Football, but they’ll probably be in better shape than they were with the old Sunday/Monday night package that they had.

  • Cyrax86

    Considering ABC is 4th they probably have to take this step and get TNF. Will the Bubble Watch address this possibility? Because it might also mean less drama pickups.

  • Adrian

    I think ABC is cautious not scheduling Toy Story into a firm date until they find out how their Fall lineup will look like. Especially with the potential of having Thursday Night Football for Weeks 2-9 of the NFL season. Doubt that they can snag playoff games as ESPN will pick up a Wild Card game next year from NBC. NBC in return will now get a Divisional game in addition to one Wild Card game. Once playoffs expand to 14, then maybe others can get playoff games too.

  • Hal

    Mind Games was atrocious! That’s three bungled shows from this guy. It can’t be all three networks faults.

  • Jazz

    Surprised Scandal isn’t running through May sweeps.

  • Matt M.

    THE BLACK BOX will do very well behind Greys. Both are medical dramas, and both attract the exact same audience, in that women 18-49 area. FINALLY a great scheduling move by the network.

  • Valentin

    “There’s a long way to go with #Revenge.” Lee says writers have a GREAT idea of how to keep the show going for many more seasons. + They want to really make it a 10pm show! Hoping the ratings will be fine for Revenge!

  • Billy Martins

    Hey Cryxx Killer women will only have 6 instead of 8 episodes

  • Alex


    not necessarily, it might just mean shorter seasons. I’m not a football fan but I’m pretty sure thursday night games only run until mid-december so they still have the entire rest of the season to fill. i’d imagine the current thursday schedule would move to tuesdays, but i don’t know what they would do in january.

  • Valentin

    “Lee also insisted that Revenge isn’t going anywhere. “We have a long way to go with that show,” Lee insisted. “They’ve reconnected that amazing conflict between Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). The producers pitched us the back nine [episodes] and we loved it.”
    Revenge moves back to Sundays at 10 p.m. on March 9, and Resurrection (starring Omar Epps) takes the 9 p.m. slot on that same night for its series premiere.
    “They love the fact that they are back at 10 and they don’t have to pull their punches. We love that lineup.”
    That’s what is said! Great NEWS!

  • Cyrax86

    @Alex, I think they would go with cheap reality filler like how NBC usually does on Sundays.

  • Avery

    ABC is brain-dead if they do not get Thursday Night Football back for 2014, the long return of football to the network.
    With Disney, Abc will most likely get it.

  • David Howell

    I’d have thought NBC would be in for Thursday Night Football – with the complete and utter collapse of the comedy block, and the fact they already have two Thursday games (opening night and Thanksgiving primetime), it would make sense. ABC, meanwhile, would be sacrificing their strongest night (although, as Alex said, the Shonda block could easily move wholesale to Tuesday – Scandal has already had a rerun trial there).

    I suspect, like Cyrax, that ABC would go unscripted on spring Thursdays (though Idol might make that tricky, I’d argue that it’s more likely to be cancelled than a destroyer of other unscripted shows next year). The Taste would’ve gone well here, but now it’s gone sub-1 I suspect they’d try something new for that slot.

  • David Howell

    And in answer to the previous question, TNF ran weeks 3-15 this year. I think that’s the schedule that will remain barring a reshuffle from a London/LA expansion team, as it’s designed to ensure everyone plays one Thursday game (including the triple on Thanksgiving). That said, I don’t think it quite matched that this year as Denver played Thursdays in weeks 1 (the opening night destruction of Baltimore) and 15 (the loss to San Diego).

    That would translate to an opening TNF two and a half weeks after Labor Day (so mid-September) and a final one in mid-December.

  • omabin

    If ABC gets TNF, that would give them a chance to basically press reset on the whole schedule, which is something they badly need. I would put reality on Sundays Fall and Spring and on Thursdays Winter and Spring. Mondays and Tuesdays some form of Shield, Castle, GA, Scandal, New Drama and Once Upon a Time assuming Revenge gets stuck in the 10pm Sunday slot following reality. New drama replacing Nashville. Wow, they would be really strong with this, basically very few weak spots from the get go.

  • Networkman

    If ABC acquires Thursday Night Football, this means the end for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal would need to be moved to different nights. Of course ABC could bring S.H.I.E.L.D back at midseason to air on Thursday after Football is over.

    Also NBC will be totally crushed on Thursday with Football. Big Bang will take a dip but remain competitive. This move will totally change the dynamics between the big 4. I also think Nashville will be cancelled if this move occurs.

    8pm DWTS
    10pm New Drama- Houdini ABC

    8pm New Drama- Agent Carter
    9pm Grey’s Anatomy
    10pm Scandal

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm The Goldbergs
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm New Comedy
    10pm Castle

    8pm Football

    8pm Shark Tank
    9pm New Comedy-Kevin Hart Project
    9:30pm Last Man Standing
    10pm 20/20

    7pm AFHV
    8pm Once Upon A Time
    9pm Resurrection
    10pm Revenge

  • Devin

    7:00 AFV
    8:00 Dancing With The Stars/The Bachelor/DWTS/Bachelorette
    10:00 Revenge/How to Get Away with Murder/Revenge

    8:00 Once Upton a Time/Wonderland/Once Upon a Time
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy/Black Box/Grey’s
    10:00 Castle

    8:00 SHIELD
    9:00 Scandal/Agent Carter/Scandal
    10:00 Resurrection

    8:00 The Middle
    8:30 Suburgatory
    9:00 Modern Family
    9:30 Trophy Wife
    10:00 Nashville/Secret’s and Lies/Nashville

    8:00 Thursday Night Football (fall)/Thursday Night Movie/New Dramas(Spring)

    8:00 LMS
    8:30 The Goldbergs
    9:00 Shark Tank
    10:00 20/20

  • Networkman

    Black Box, the Bipolor medical drama sounds horrible. It reminds me of Do No Harm. She is going to be switching personalities but we are also going to watch patients experience hallucinogenic visions. This is going to be bizarre to watch.

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