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ABC hopes to be country strong with five new fall series, two of them music-themed twangers

Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin will clash weekly in Malibu Country. ABC photo

Two country music mamas will top ABC's new season charts, with Reba McEntire and Connie Britton both portraying veteran twangers in separate new series.

ABC has five freshmen for the fall, with another two ready to go in January after Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars results show takes a breather.

Among the notable cancellations is another drawler. GCB, the Dallas-set soap opera about hypocritical church-going she-devils, is getting axed in tandem with the series it replaced on Sunday nights, Pan Am. The pilot for GCB (short for Good Christian Bitches) was filmed in Dallas before production shifted to L.A.

ABC's cancellation corral also is populated by Missing, The River, Work It, Man Up, Charlie's Angels, Desperate Housewives, Wipeout, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Cougar Town, which has been rescued by TBS.

But ABC also is renewing six of this season's freshman series -- Revenge, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Last Man Standing, Don't Trust the B --- In Apartment 23 and Suburgatory.

Tim Allen's Last Man Standing gets moved from Tuesdays to Fridays, where it will be paired with McEntire's Malibu Country, also starring Lily Tomlin. Body of Proof, which got a last-ditch reprieve, won't be back until sometime in midseason, as will Wife Swap.

Here are ABC's five new fall series:

Nashville (drama) -- Connie Britton, who last season segued from Friday Night Lights to FX's American Horror Story, stars as fading country music legend Rayna James in this Country Strong-ish saga. Her record label thinks she might be able to revive things with a concert tour in which she opens for bright new star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere from Heroes). Also in the mix is evergreen Powers Boothe as Rayna's domineering, estranged daddy, who wants her hubby, Teddy, (Eric Close) to run for mayor of Nashville. But Rayna doesn't much cotton to that, as they say in the 'hood.

Last Resort (drama) -- TV vet Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) takes another shot as the captain of a U.S. ballistic submarine ordered to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Both the cap and his XO balk before they're fired on and hit by what used to be friendly forces. Next step: take the sub on the run to a far-off exotic island, where they find "refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home." What is it with ABC and islands?

666 Park Avenue (drama) -- The mysterious owner of this historic luxury pad, played by Terry O'Quinn from Lost, is also a master manipulator in league with his wife, Olivia (Vanessa Williams). An "idealistic" Midwest couple are at their mercies when they agree to manage the place. So here we go again with another "epic struggle of good versus evil."

Malibu Country (comedy) -- In pretty much a replica of her old Reba sitcom, McEntire plays a would-be country music star who put her career on hold to raise a family. But her philandering husband forces a divorce, sending Reba Gallagher packin' off from Nashville to Malibu with her two kids and tart-tongued mother Lillie May (Lily Tomlin). Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement) co-stars as Reba's new neighbor and confidante as she tries to re-start her singin' career.

The Neighbors (comedy) -- 3rd Rock From the Sun returns in this similarly-themed offshoot in which newcomers to a gated New Jersey town home community learn that all the other residents are aliens from the planet Zabvron. That's where "the men bear children and everyone else cries green goo from their ears," says ABC. They're all disguised as humans, though, with pro athlete names ranging from Larry Bird to Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Jami Gertz is the best known name in the cast.

Here is ABC's night-by-night fall schedule:

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars results show
Happy Endings
Don't Trust the B -- in Apartment 23
Private Practice

The Middle
Modern Family
The Neighbors

Last Resort
Grey's Anatomy

Shark Tank
Primetime: What Would You Do?

(Starting in November on this night)
Last Man Standing
Malibu Country
Shark Tank

Saturday Night College Football

America's Funniest Home Videos
Once Upon A Time
666 Park Avenue

These are ABC's new midseason series, with The Family Tools and How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) already slotted for January debuts from 7 to 8 p.m. (central) on Tuesdays.

The Family Tools (comedy) -- A so far inept son is given charge of the family handyman business after his father has a heart attack. Various fractious relatives complicate matters, but Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) at least has the support of his frisky Aunt Terry (Leah Remini from King of Queens).

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (comedy) -- Former sitcom stars Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Brad Garrett (Everyone Loves Raymond) front another fractious family laughter. Chalke plays an up against it single mom who moves back in with "eccentric" parents Max and Elaine (Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins).

Zero Hour (drama) -- Ex-ER mainstay Anthony Edwards finally navigates his way back as the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine whose wife is abducted from her antique clock shop. Luckily she's left a secret treasure map behind, enabling Hank Galliston (Edwards) and three associates to embark on a "breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity." Otherwise there'd be no show.

Red Widow (drama) -- TV newcomer Radha Mitchell stars as married mother of three Marta Walraven, whose husband is brutally murdered. Unfortunately her family has mob ties, prompting Marta to discover "a tenacity she never knew she had" as she fights for truth, justice and a side dish of revenge.

Mistresses (drama) -- ABC says this is a "provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery, as they brave the turbulent journey together."

Based on a same-named British series, its stars include Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Melrose Place) and Yunjin Kim (Lost).