December 4, 2012

THE SKED: ABC Midseason Schedule


ABC announced its midseason premieres and timeslots today, and while most of them were predictable (a pair of shortform reality series to fill in for the Dancing With the Stars results show between cycles on Tuesdays, replacements for the canceled 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort), the news wasn’t good for Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B–.  Both shows will be leaving the schedule in March with unaired episodes, and aren’t currently slotted elsewhere, never a good sign.

Here’s the day-by-day rundown:

MONDAY:  DANCING WITH THE STARS returns on March 19.

TUESDAY:  On January 22, THE TASTE becomes the first occupant of the 8PM slot, replaced by CELEBRITY DIVING on  March 19.  After Private Practice concludes its final season, BODY OF PROOF retakes its 10PM slot on February 5.  On March 26, the Dancing results show returns to the 9PM slot, displacing the current sitcoms.

WEDNESDAY:  After THE NEIGHBORS ends its season in late March, SUBURGATORY moves back to its old 8:30PM slot for its final episodes of the season, and new sitcom HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) nabs the post-Modern Family half-hour.  Once Suburgatory is done for the season, FAMILY TOOLS will take over for the last few weeks, debuting at 8:30PM on May 1.

THURSDAY:  The thriller ZERO HOUR takes over for Last Resort at 8PM on February 14.

FRIDAY:  No change

SATURDAY:  No change

SUNDAY:  RED WIDOW replaces 666 Park Avenue with a 2-hour premiere on March 3 and then in the 10PM slot starting March 10.

In other midseason news, CW announced that its CULT will move into the vacated Emily Owens MD slot Tuesday 9PM starting February 19.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."