ABC just announced its midseason lineup, which includes the start of new thriller The River, the return of Shark Tank and … a few missing shows.
There’s no word yet on when Shonda Rhimes’ next drama Scandal starring Kerry Washington will debut, or for that matter, when Cougar Town will return (anybody who’s a fan of Cougar Town and Community is having a bad week). Another key omission: New comedy Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 — which is most assuredly a priority for the network, so there’s likely another round of dates coming before too long.
An ABC rep assures all these will air eventually this season, but they’re obviously absent from the network’s first-blush midseason lineup.
Notice below that ABC’s new cross-dressing comedy (I know… it’s 2011, and yet…) Work It is taking over the Man Up slot right after the start of the year. ABC says no decision has been made on whether Man Up will end its run after 13 episodes, but this isn’t a positive sign for the freshman comedy. (Man Up then Work It … it’s like the beer cans and pizza boxes time slot).
Also it seems new soap GCB is taking over the Pan Am time period on Sundays in March … again, it doesn’t mean Pan Am is cancelled, but also isn’t a big neon sign of confidence either since the network still hasn’t decided if the show is getting a full season (last we heard the network was reading over the five new scripts it ordered and still bullish on the show).
Here are the dates:
8:30-9 p.m. Work It
9 -10 p.m. Celebrity Wife Swap
8-9 p.m. Winter Wipeout
8-9 p.m. Shark Tank
9-10 p.m. The River
10-11 p.m. GCB
8-9 p.m. Missing
8-10 p.m. Dancing with the Stars
9-10 p.m. Dancing with the Stars Results Show