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WATCH: ABC unveils 14 new shows, including two filmed in Chicago

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In what's shaping up to be an especially ambitious season for the big broadcast networks, ABC unveiled its plans Tuesday for 14 new series.

The highlights:
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- Tuesdays are all new this fall, kicking things off with Marvel's first TV series, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). An elite group of agents protect the planet from the strange and unknown. That's followed by a couple of new family comedies, "The Goldbergs," starring Chicago comic Jeff Garlin, and "Trophy Wife," co-written and produced by Chicago native Sarah Haskins. The Steven Spielberg-produced "Lucky 7," a drama centered on lottery winners, caps things off.
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- In a move that's long overdue, aging "Dancing With the Stars" will be condensed to one night with the Tuesday results show getting folded into Monday's two-hour program.

- Scheduling gets shaken up to minimize reruns. Some returning favorites, like "Scandal" and "Once Upon a Time," will air in blocks of 12 or so episodes, separated by a similar-sized break in between to broadcast limited-run shows. One such series is the sexy new Sunday drama "Betrayal," filmed in Chicago. It's about a photographer (Hannah Ware, "Boss") and an attorney who start an affair and end up on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
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- Another new program shot in Chicago is "Mind Games," a midseason series starring Steve Zahn and Christian Slater as brothers who use psychological manipulation to get people to behave the way they want.
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- One comedy that looks especially promising is Rebel Wilson's ("Bridesmaids") "Super Fun Night" with Second City's Lauren Ash in the cast. ABC has high hopes: The show snagged the plum post-"Modern Family" time slot on Wednesdays.
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- The same team behind the fairytale drama "Once Upon a Time" will take viewers on a trip down the rabbit hole with a new spin-off, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," on Thursdays.
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- James Caan takes a swing at a sitcom in Wednesday's "Back in the Game," a "Bad News Bears"-type show where Caan plays an opinionated, hot-headed grandpa.
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- Three shows that won't be returning to the Alphabet net: "Body of Proof," "Malibu Country" and -- this one hurts -- "Happy Endings."

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