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Lee said that in challenging financial times, research shows that a lot of viewers are interested in superheroes and monsters.

“It’s a time when people are looking for pure entertainment,” Lee said, “and I think television can provide that.”

ABC plans to stay true to its audience, frequently dominated by women, while broadening its appeal, he said.

Left behind are the series “Brothers & Sisters,” “V,” “Better With You,” “Detroit 1-8-7” and “Mr. Sunshine,” which were canceled.

Other new series on ABC’s schedule:

_”Revenge,” a drama on Wednesday night’s schedule for the fall, is about a young woman who moves into a wealthy Hamptons town on Long Island to get back at old neighbors for a reputation-ruining incident that happened to her family.

_”Scandal,” written by “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, is about a former media relations consultant to a president who opens her own damage control firm. It’s set for midseason.

_”Apartment 23” is a comedy about two morals-deficient women roommates that also features actor James Van Der Beek of “Dawson’s Creek” playing himself. A highlight reel of clips yielded a memorable line, an unprintable one related to sex and a birthday cake.

_”Man Up” is a Tuesday-night companion comedy to Allen’s new sitcom about three men who wonder what it’s like to be a man in a world of pomegranate body wash.

_”Suburgatory,” a comedy on Wednesday night, is about a single father who moves from New York City to the suburbs after finding a box of condoms on his 16-year-old daughter’s nightstand.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.