ABC shuffles schedule for spring
January 11th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

ABC shuffles schedule for spring

The good news from ABC's Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday is that "Cougar Town" isn't disappearing, as some fans have feared. (ABC said as much when the Courteney Cox comedy didn't appear on its midseason lineup, assuring fans that it would be back eventually.)

But, those who are anxious for "Cougar Town's" return are going to have to wait and see for a premiere date, because the network still doesn't have one yet.

"The reality is, I think 'Cougar Town' is having one of its best seasons," ABC president Paul Lee told press on Tuesday. "We haven't yet landed on where it's going to go, but it's tentatively in there for March." So expect an actual premiere date "in a couple of weeks," Lee added.

As for the other new shows that weren't on the midseason calendar in November, Krysten Ritter's "Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23" is officially on the schedule for Wednesday, April 11 at 9:30 p.m., a prime time slot, as Ritter pointed out via Twitter. "My show got a sick air date!!!! After modern fam!!! Best time slot ever!!! #apt23 thank god!!" she wrote Tuesday.

And as the network adds more Shonda Rhimes to its primetime offerings with her new series "Scandal," Lee said fans will continue to get a double dose of the showrunner on Thursdays.

"Scandal," the hour-long drama about a Washington, D.C. crisis management firm that stars Kerry Washington, will bow on Thursday, April 5 after "Grey's Anatomy." That means Rhimes' other drama, "Private Practice," will get bumped to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, following the "Dancing With the Stars" results show.

As far as ABC's new series "Pan Am," Lee said the latter will air new shows through February, and it's still in "contention for renewal." And the soapy fan favorite "Revenge" may soon be changing locales, as the ABC exec hinted that the second season may take viewers out of the Hamptons.

One show which will be fading into the twilight is the hit "Desperate Housewives" which is set to end its run. One of the stars, Eva Longoria, will have some time on her hands but don't expect her to pursue one of her passions – politics.

“I think I have too many skeletons in my closet to run for office," the actress said.  "I think you can get more done being a citizen.”


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