January 10, 2012

THE SKED: ABC’S Spring Schedule

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The bi-yearly gathering of TV journalists is going on in LA this week, and while the schedules for most networks have already been set through the rest of the season (sudden cancellations notwithstanding), ABC, with its piles of short-run series ordered from last year’s pilot season, had some additional announcements to make:
TUESDAYS:  Beginning April 24, PRIVATE PRACTICE will move for the remaining 4 weeks of the season into the 10PM slot currently occupied by the not-long-for-this-world BODY OF PROOF.  This will give the network a chance to see whether the show is now strong enough to survive without a Grey’s Anatomy lead-in, and also clear space for the Thursday move below.

WEDNESDAYS:  Starting April 11 (after HAPPY ENDINGS is done for the season, with what should be a minimum of repeats from here on), the very promising sit-com now known as DON’T TRUST THE B____ IN APT 23 will inherit the prime post-Modern Family slot at 9:30PM.  For those keeping count, this makes 2 series this season in which ABC is coyly trying to suggest but not use the word “Bitch,” the other being whatever they’re calling Good Christian Bitches, which will air on Sundays starting in March.  We all look forward to next season’s network spin-off Once Upon a F___ing Time.  
THURSDAYS:  Shonda Rhimes isn’t losing the post-Grey’s slot, just shuffling it a bit.  When Private Practice moves to Tuesdays, Rhimes’ new Washington-set soap SCANDAL takes over, as of April 5.
The one piece on the ABC board still unaccounted for is the return of COUGAR TOWN, as to which the network continues to be vague.  One can’t help but notice, though, that a half-hour might open up on Tuesdays if WORK IT were to meet a tragically untimely demise, providing yet another reason (as if any were needed) to root against it.

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."