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.

  • HalCapone

    Well, as much as I hate to admit it, ABC needs NFL on their schedule to even the ratings playing field. Corporate parent Disney’s ESPN rules Monday nights on cable with MNF and controls nearly 85% of all college games, so what’s one more night of gridiron dominance. It would be interesting to see what damage this would inflict on the entire CBS Thursday lineup. Just like CBS needs to seriously work on attracting younger viewers, especially females to their network, ABC needs to attract more males. Diversification isn’t just good for individual viewer’s financial portfolios. Even though Agents of SHIELD is not the ratings powerhouse for which the network hoped, I believe it is regularly winning the 18-34 male demo in the Tuesday hour for the first time in a long while. Unless SHIELD craters for the rest of the season, there would be no logical reason for ABC to jettison it, with or without Thursday football. The (Disney owned) Marvel universe is ripe for exploiting on both television and movies.

  • Kyle

    I will watch Mind Games only because Kyle Killen created the show.

  • Avery

    ABC’s 2014-15 TV Schedule
    7:00 AFV
    8:00 Once Upon a Time
    9:00 Nashville
    10:00 Revenge


    8:00 Agent Carter
    9:00 Agents of Shield
    10:00 Grey’s Anthony

    8:00 Same
    8:30 The Goldbergs
    9:00 Same
    9:30 Suburgatory
    10:00 Scandal

    8:00 to 11:00 ESPN Thursday Night Football on ABC
    8:00 Shark Tank
    9:00 ABC’s Thursday Night Movie/2 New Shows

    8:00 to 9:00 Same
    9:00 to 10:00 2 New Sitcoms
    10:00 Same

  • brutony!

    Black Box? I thought that was a special starring that dance group of the early 90’s-oww, duh duh duh duh duhhhh duh duh dum dum-ohhhh!

  • StevenD

    If ABC were to get Thursday night football, they also have NBA playoffs in May, so they would only need to program January-April.

    This summer they are premiering Rising Star, a popular middle eastern singing competition. I’m not sure of the expectations of the show, but it I’d has summer success like The Voice , they could transport it in Midseason like NBC did and that would solve there problems. So their schedule could look like this.

    8 Once upon a time
    9 Greys Anatomy
    10 Revenge

    8 DWTS/Bachellore/DWTS
    10 Castle

    8 AOS
    9 Scandal
    10 New drama

    8 The Middle
    8:30 The Goldberg’s
    9 Modern Family
    9:30 New comedy
    10 New drama

    Fall: Football
    8 Rising Star
    10 New drama (or Resurrection or Mind Games if either succeed)

    8 Last man Standing
    8:30 Suburgatory
    9 Shark Tank
    10 20/20 (or Nashville if it’s renewed)

    If Rising star isn’t a success, then a new lineup from 8-10 and Nashville could probably go there.

  • johnhelvete

    Why not go with a 13 episode event series in January after TNF? Or try SHIELD as a 15 episode season and air Agent Carter for 15 episodes in January as well, with the claim that more time for special effects/slightly higher budget to make the two shows more of an “event”.

  • Adrian

    @David Howell,

    ABC’s TNF schedule would be only for 8 games and most assume it would be Weeks 2-9. From Weeks 10-16 (except for Thanksgiving), the games would be on NFL Network. There’s a good chance those later games in Week 15 and/or 16 could be shown on a Saturday night like they used to a few years back.

    It’s also been reported the 8 games the new tv partner gets will also be simulcast on NFL Network. I’m guessing that’s the reason why the NFL is pushing so hard to land a broadcast network instead of a cable one. Of all the networks on a Thursday night, NBC would be the prime spot due to their low rated shows. However, seems the NFL wants a different revenue generator even if the money is coming from Disney again (ESPN). These next few weeks should be real interesting to see who ends up with the king of ratings.

  • Ram510

    Is ABC in serious contention to acquire TNF? I figured NFL Network would keep it on their own station

  • Avery

    Most likely, CBS will not change their Thursday night lineup and Fox is fine on Thursdays.
    Also, NBC already has football on the network.

  • Theoacme

    @Networkman – S.H.I.E.L.D., unless it sinks to below 2.0, will be on the fall 2014 schedule, somewhere – too much corporate synergy marketing involved for it not to be.

    ABC may put S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday at 8 ET, setting up Agent Carter for a January premiere for it on Thursday at 9 ET (Wipeout again for 8 ET, unless you want to move Shark Tank from Friday’s to 8 ET Thursdays).

    And Resurrection may not make fall 2014, so you’re a bit optimistic there.

    The Shondaland Tuesday does make sense, with S.H.I.E.L.D. at 8 ET as it now is.

  • Ted Craig

    Why do people keep thinking SHIELD and Scandal would be a good match? Although they probably share some viewers, I would guess its a relatively small amount.

    I wonder how much of a loss football would really be for ABC since it would probably be an ESPN production? The way basketball works, ESPN pays for the rights and buys air time on ABC.

  • Theoacme

    @Ted Craig: Where else would you put S.H.I.E.L.D., presuming it won’t go:

    a) Friday or Saturday
    b) Sunday from 7 to 9 ET
    c) Thursday, if ABC does get football
    d) January premiere?

    10 ET is the only possible slot on Wednesdays, but no drama works well there.

    Presuming ABC does DWTS / Bachelor on Mondays, 10 ET is the only slot then, and I could see S.H.I.E.L.D. then, but where would you move Castle? That’s not broken, so if I were Paul Lee, I would leave Mondays as it is.

    Sunday from 9 to 11 is open, but I see no evidence S.H.I.E.L.D. would work there either – SNF, remember.

    And Grey’s and Scandal must move somewhere from Thursdays, and it won’t be Friday through Sunday, or Wednesday, guaranteed.

    If ABC moves DWTS / Bachelor to Sundays, Monday would work possibly for either S.H.I.E.L.D. / Carter / Castle or Castle / Grey’s / Scandal – but will ABC make that move? My magic 8-ball says “not likely”.

    As for the licensing of NFL, if it comes out of ESPN’s pocket, or ABC’s, it doesn’t matter – it’s all under Disney, so their accountants will take that into account. What will matter for ABC, besides the ratings of TNF, would be how their promotions for their other shows on TNF help those other shows’ ratings, and which shows get that promotion time.

  • a p garcia

    Best thing ABC can do is uncancel BOP.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    Black Box – “constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television” likely means the problems have (heck, they were probably on the original version which we call House) but these are *different* people, so the case is *totally different*, see? That plus bipolar disorder means meds that mentally limit you significantly while you are on them, and totally delusional thought (which the morons writing Homeland do not understand), while off the meds. So, this does not sound promising.

    Mind Games – Mentalist with the main character split into two people, but with The Game (1997 Michael Douglas) as the inspiration. Instead of a procedural crime solver, it sounds like a procedural mix show (drama/thriller/comedy). With the Mentalist failing, this may appeal, but I would not bet on it.

    I think S.H.I.E.L.D. could slip below a 2.0 before the season is out. Jed just keeps fumbling along, and shows no ability to start weaving the (fairly boring) procedural stories into something more meaningful. The team is still not a team, and only Gregg’s character is indispensable, though only due to the fact that he is built into the Iron Man/Avengers franchises.

  • rob60990

    The Bachelor viewers wont give a crap about Mind Games though its a good try.

    Even if ABC gets TNF it doesnt necessarily mean they have to move the Thursday dramas since ABC needs something to air from jan to may but id move Scandal. I mean its a big hit that can stand on its own right? lol

  • Ted Craig


    I would put SHIELD nowhere other than right where it is. If ABC only has games through Halloween, it could just debut GA and Scandal in November and air them with fewer interruptions through the spring.

  • Ted Craig

    I guess its Thanksgiving, so you could still do the late debut. I also doubt ABC will move Scandal to 9.

  • Ted Craig

    “As for the licensing of NFL, if it comes out of ESPN’s pocket, or ABC’s, it doesn’t matter – it’s all under Disney, so their accountants will take that into account.”

    Um, no. Do you have any experience with large corporations? It matters a lot.

  • Brian

    Won’t wast my time on any of them..Lame!

  • greysfan


    You have to be kidding right? SHIELD will be in the schedule next season. Its not going anywhere and it will stay in the Tuesday timeslot. If i were ABC i would NOT split Grey’s and Scandal up. I’d keep them paired whereever they move them. That is of course IF ABC get the football. They have to win the bid first. There would obviously be reasons to split Grey’s and Scandal but i don’t think splitting them would do any good. Dancing keeps Mondays and Tuesdays is ABC’s problem night. It would really help them. The loyal fans would follow the shows to the new night. The big question would then be what would they do for the 2nd half of the season? Keep them on their new night or move them back to Thursdays. Football isn’t all season so they would have to make a calculated risk. Its a difficult decision either way.

    OR they could keep Grey’s and Scandal for January and run them non-stop until May. Make them a mid-season drama. Everyone assumes that ABC would move them to a new night but the possibility of having them as mid-season shows could work too.

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