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ABC, the broadcast network that most successfully introduced new shows last year, announced a fall prime-time lineup Monday with just six new series.

Among them are the first situation comedy about an Asian-American, a new drama from the makers of "Thirtysomething" and two new shows featuring stand-up comedians.ABC also continued to emphasize shows about young families. Among the variations to be seen this fall: a widower and his three sons all living with his mother-in-law, a ranch-owning family and a family of orphans led by a big brother who pretends to be his long-lost aunt.

Further, ABC announced the creation of "The ABC Family Movie" on Saturday nights. That series will have a subdivision called "The Disney Family Movie," in which Disney will remake its own old movies. The titles are to include "The New Shaggy Dog," "The New Freaky Friday" and "The New Computer Wore Tennis Shoes."

With the new shows and the family movie, 15 of ABC's 27 series will be about families.

The network did cancel some family shows, including "Phenom," "Thea" and "The Byrds of Paradise." Also dropped were "America's Funniest People," "Birdland" and "Missing Persons."

ABC removed the news magazine "Day One" from its schedule but said it would bring the show back in January on Mondays at 10 p.m. after the "Monday Night Football" season ends. Two other series, "Sister, Sister" and "Matlock," were also shelved but are expected to be revived later in the season.

The network said it planned to challenge CBS's comedy stronghold on Monday nights by moving the 6-year-old hit "Coach" to that night at 8. That will be followed at 8:30 by "Blue Skies," a new series about a pair of young entrepreneurs in a catalog business whose friendship is threatened by their mutual interest in their new business manager, a young woman with a Harvard MBA.

On Tuesdays, ABC replaced "Phenom" with "Me and the Boys," starring a comedian, Steve Harvey, as the widower rearing his three sons. ABC has also moved the comedy "These Friends of Mine" to Tuesdays at 9:30, renaming it "Ellen" after its star, Ellen DeGeneres.

Wednesday nights will lead off with "Thunder Alley," a sitcom starring Ed Asner that began this spring. It will be followed at 8:30 by "All-American Girl," which stars Margaret Cho as a young Korean-American woman trying to build a career while living with her parents in a traditional Korean home.

ABC has decided to try for a much younger audience on Thursdays. The network has scheduled at 8 p.m. its most provocative new drama: "My So-Called Life," a searingly realistic look at the life of a teenage girl, produced by the team responsible for "thirty-something." ABC will follow that at 9 with "McKenna," an adventure-drama about a family owned ranch, starring Chad Everett.

The one new Sunday series is a 7:30 comedy, "On Our Own," a show about a family of orphans who depend on their big brother, Josh, to keep them together by putting on a dress and convincing their social worker that he's Aunt Jelcinda. The show is already being informally called "Aunt Doubt-fire."

Here is the complete ABC lineup:

Sundays: 7 p.m., "America's Funniest Home Videos"; 7:30, "On Our Own"; 8, "Lois and Clark"; 9, movies.

Mondays: 8 p.m., "Coach"; 8:30, "Blue Skies"; 9, "Monday Night Football."

Tuesdays: 8 p.m., "Full House"; 8:30, "Me and the Boys"; 9, "Roseanne"; 9:30, "Ellen"; 10, "N.Y.P.D. Blue."

Wednesdays: 8 p.m., "Thunder Alley"; 8:30, "All-American Girl"; 9, "Home Improvement"; 9:30, "Grace Under Fire"; 10, "Turning Point."

Thursdays: 8 p.m., "My So-Called Life"; 9, "McKenna"; 10, "Prime Time Live."

Fridays: 8 p.m., "Family Matters"; 8:30, "Boy Meets World"; 9, "Step by Step"; 9:30, "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper"; 10, "20/20."

Saturdays: 8 p.m., "ABC Family Movie"; 10, "The Commish."