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ABC's big batch of midseason changes includes Texas Rangers drama Killer Women

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Tricia Helfer and Alex Fernandez are Texas Rangers in Killer Women. ABC photo

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ABC’s midseason schedule will have sweeping changes, including a new cowboy-hatted drama series about modern-day Texas Rangers.

Not that you’d know from the title. Killer Women, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 7th in place of the long-canceled Lucky 7, stars Tricia Helfer as “ballsy and badass” Molly Parker. As one of the first women to join the Rangers, she’s also of a mind to fire up an affair with a “sexy, dangerously handsome DEA agent” while her divorce from a “narcissistic” husband is still pending but supposedly imminent. Sofia Vergara of Modern Family is a co-executive producer.

Four other new series and a trio of returnees also are coming before spring. Here are the freshmen:

The Assets -- Set in 1985 and drawn from real-life events, it’s an eight episode limited-run series that will fill in for Scandal on Thursday nights. Jodie Whitaker and Harriet Walter play CIA agents in search of “the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in U.S. history.”

Mixology -- Ten singles mingle at Mix, a “high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-picking district.” Hearts flutter and get crushed in a comedy co-produced by Ryan Seacrest. It’ll replace Super Fun Night on Wednesdays following Modern Family.

Resurrection -- Decease loved ones begin reappearing in dinky Arcadia, Missouri. Omar Epps, formerly of Fox’s House, heads the cast. It’ll be swapping time slots with Revenge on Sunday nights, which means the end of the line for Betrayal.

Mind Games -- Two brothers played by Christian Slater and Steve Zahn make their clients’ dreams come true via a “little bit of science, a dash of con artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks.” Yeah, right. It’s scheduled to get Killer Women’s Tuesdays slot on March 11th.

ABC also will be returning The Taste in a two-hour version that supplants Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights. Grey’s will come back but Wonderland probably won’t.

The Bachelor begins anew on Monday, January 6th in place of Dancing with the Stars, which is getting just one cycle this season. Juan Pablo Galavis of Miami is the new resident rose dispenser.

Finally, Suburgatory will be back on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, punching out Back In the Game. Which is a shame.

Here’s the complete replacement schedule announced Tuesday by ABC, with all times central.

Thursday, Jan. 2nd
The Taste (7 to 9 p.m.)
The Assets (9 to 10 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 6th
The Bachelor (7 to 9 p.m.)

Tuesday, Jan. 7th
Killer Women (9 to 10 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 15th
Suburgatory (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, Feb. 26th
Mixology (8:30 to 9 p.m.)

Sunday, March 9th
Resurrection (8 to 9 p.m.)
Revenge (9 to 10 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 11th
Mind Games (9 to 10 p.m.)

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