UPDATED: ABC has set a return date for cancelled comedy series Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 — though the comedy’s last unaired episodes will be put up online, not on TV. Beginning May 17, the remaining eight episodes of the Krysten Ritter-starring series will be available on ABC.com, Hulu and iTunes.
ABC Pulls Remaining Episodes Of ’666 Park Ave’, Will Air ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Apt. 23′ In Sunday 10 PM Slot In January
With ABC‘s Tuesday comedy block gone in mid-March, the network has found a temporary home for some of the leftover episodes of the block’s two current series, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23. For the first three weeks in January, ABC will air new episodes of the two comedies in the Sunday 10 PM hour while also running originals in the shows’ regular Tuesday 9-10 PM slots. As part of the move, ABC is pulling cancelled freshman drama 666 Park Ave, which was to continue in the Sunday 10 PM time slot until it finishes its 13-episode run. The remaining episodes of the series will now air in the summer. Happy Endings and Apt. 23 will air on Sunday on January 6, 13 and 20. ABC has a Hallmark movie scheduled for the following Sunday, January 27. The network is yet to book February 3, 10 and 17, so conceivably, if the comedies do well there (which is considered a very long shot), the network can keep Happy Endings there. With the January double-pumping, ABC will have four episodes left of the third-year comedy (and none of Apt. 23, which had a 19-episode order). The Academy Awards air on February 24, followed by the premiere of midseason drama Red Widow the following Sunday.
Remember when in 2009 CBS put in development a comedy series based on the blog Shit My Dad Says? The racy title raised a lot of eyebrows throughout the project’s development process. The network toned it down to $#*! My Dad Says when it picked up the comedy to series, but still drew the wrath of watchdog Parents Television Council, which urged a boycott of the show.
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 executive producer/co-showrunner Dave Hemingson has signed a new multi-year overall deal with the studio behind the ABC comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV. The pact keeps Hemingson on Don’t Trust The B—-, which launched in April and was renewed for a second season, and allows him to develop.
Columbia University School Of Law graduate Hemingson has spent most of his writing career at 20th TV, where he has been for the past eight years. He has worked on 20th TV’s animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, live-action comedy How I Met Your Mother and drama Lie To Me. He also created several projects that went to pilot, two of which — the 2005 single-camera comedy Kitchen Confidential starring Bradley Cooper and 2010 ABC drama The Deep End – went to series. Hemingson also co-showran 20th TV’s Fox comedy series Traffic Light before he teamed with Nahnatchka Khan for Don’t Trust The B—-, which she created.
2ND UPDATE: The deal for Last Man Standing has closed too, and the freshman series will return for a second season, likely paired with Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country.
UPDATE: Private Practice has now been officially renewed too. I hear the order is for 13 episodes for what will likely be the medical drama’s final season. The pickup means that all of Shonda Rhimes’ three series on the air are coming back, following last night’s renewal of Grey’s Anatomy and this afternoon’s renewal of Scandal. After spending most of its run behind Grey’s, Private Practice was recently relocated to Tuesdays where it took over the slot of Body Of Proof, also just renewed for 13 episodes.
PREVIOUS: ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to renew midseason comedy Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 for a second season. The deals for two other series, freshman comedy Last Man Standing and veteran drama Private Practice are now being finalized and should close soon too.