ABC Announces Midseason Dates: 'GCB' In Post-'Housewives' Slot, No 'Cougar Town'

ABC’s ‘Body Of Proof’ Gets Order For 3 More Episodes, ‘Pan Am’ Gets 1, ‘Man Up’ Done

ABC just announced the bulk of its midseason premieres. High-profile new dramas GCB (for. Good Christian Belles) and The River are getting Sunday and Tuesday berths, respectively, while Cougar Town is one of 3 midseason series that didn’t get a slot today. GCB, which has been groomed as a potential successor to departing Desperate Housewives, will launch behind the veteran dramedy in March. New horror drama The River will take over the Dancing with the Stars results show between the two cycles of the veteran reality series, following a short run of Celebrity Wife Swap in the hour. That represents a change of heart for ABC brass as Paul Lee said in May that the network would use comedies Cougar Town and Don’t Trust The  B**** In Apt. 23 to bridge the 2 seasons of Dancing. Also on Tuesday, new cross-dressing comedy Work It will air behind Last Man Standing. Missing from ABC’s midseason schedule are freshmen Pan Am, replaced by GCB, and Man Up!, substituted with Work It. As I reported earlier this afternoon, ABC has offered an order of one more episode to Pan Am, which is yet to be received, as negotiations about the fate of the show continue. Meanwhile, Man Up! will be done after completing its 13-episode order. In addition to Cougar Town and Don’t Trust The B****, ABC has yet to schedule Shonda Rhimes’ new drama Scandal. Another new drama, The Missing starring Ashley Judd, will be facing an uphill battle in the Thursday 8 PM slot where ABC has not been able to launch a new series since Ugly Betty, with Charlie’s Angels as the most recent casualty. Here are ABC’s midseason premiere dates, including the return of Dancing With The Stars: (more…)

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