Cancelled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue will return on Saturday, June 22, with the unaired episodes slated to run in the Saturday 9 PM slot for four weeks. 666 Park Ave will be paired with another short-lived ABC freshman drama, Zero Hour, whose unaired episodes will launch on June 15 from 8-10 PM and will air in the Saturday 8 PM hour starting June 22, leading into 666 Park Ave.
Two midseason dramas pulled quickly after their premieres have gotten their unaired episodes scheduled. ABC‘s Zero Hour and NBC‘s Do No Harm both have landed burnoff Saturday slots. Zero Hour, which only aired three episodes before getting the axe and has 10 more episodes in the can, will return on June 15 at 8 with two back-to-back episodes. It will then air in the 8 PM hour until a two-hour finale on Aug. 3. Do No Harm has 11 unaired episodes after being scrapped following two airings. The Jekyll & Hyde medical drama will be back on June 29 and will air at 10 PM, per The Futon Critic.
ABC‘s Thursday 8 PM slot has taken another drama victim. The network is pulling new series Zero Hour after three low-rated airings. For the next two weeks, encores of Shark Tank will air in the hour. Then seven non-celebrity episodes of Wife Swap will run in the slot before Wipeout, the only show to work in the Thursday 8 PM time period since Ugly Betty, takes over on May 9.
Zero Hour, starring Anthony Edwards in his first post-ER series role, premiered to an underwhelming 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and slid in its consecutive airings, most recently to a 1.0 rating last night. Zero Hour adds to a long list of high-profile ABC dramas that suffered a quick death in the Thursday 8 PM hour over the last couple of years, including FlashForward, My Generation, Charlie’s Angels, Missing and Last Resort.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Zero Hour’ Falls, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘Parks & Recreation’ And ‘Community’ Hit Lows
The second week of ABC’s Zero Hour (1.1/3) saw nightmares of Nazis, more secrets revealed and the Book of Revelation consulted. The new conspiracy drama also the ratings spiral downward. Coming off the lowest-rated in-season debut ever for a scripted show on ABC, the Anthony Edwards show fell 21% from last week. With a 1.3/4, the CW’s 8 PM The Vampire Diaries actually beat both Zero Hour and NBC’s Community (1.1/3) and the 8:30 PM Parks And Recreation (1.3/4) among the key 18-49 demographic for the hour. The CW show was up a strong 30% from last week while the NBC comedies were down 8% and 13% from last week respectively. Thursday also saw series’ lows for both NBC comedies. Beauty And The Beast (0.6/1) was also up on the CW. The show rose 20% from last week’s 0.5/1 fast nationals.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The most intriguing material to emerge from a TCA panel promoting the new ABC action thriller Zero Hour starring Anthony Edwards came after the panel during an informal chat with creator/executive producer Paul Scheuring. He was asked about the presence of Nazis in the pilot and whether that was perhaps done to give the show something of a baseline for evil so there is no ambiguity. His surprising reply: “No. Actually, that’s a source of ambiguity. The idea that all Nazis are bad is something we are exploring, 100 percent.”
“The entire show is about the man or the woman beneath the identity,” Scheuring continued. “If you wear a Christian cross, are you automatically good? If you wear a Nazi armband, are you automatically bad? And that I think ultimately makes for more complex and interesting drama. All those different characters wear these different surface adornments, like Naziism, Christianity. But what’s the human beneath it?… I want to have a more sophisticated three-dimensional view of the characters as opposed to ‘Nazi! Bad!’ I mean, who cares?” Scheuring identified himself as Buddhist and went on to pose the hypothetical question whether the Christian God is real. “Scientifically, that’s the question we are starting to ask as the season goes along.”
ABC’s Midseason Schedule: ‘Family Tools’ & ‘How To Live’ On Wednesday, ‘Red Widow’ On Sunday, ‘Zero Hour’ On Thursday
ABC is overhauling its schedule for midseason with changes on four nights. New comedies Family Tools and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) will join the network’s Wednesday comedy block, with ABC’s Tuesday comedy block going away. New drama Red Widow will succeed 666 Park Ave on Sunday. ABC is replacing now-defunct freshman Last Resort with another male-skewing new drama in the challenging Thursday 8 PM slot, Zero Hour. And, following the end of Private Practice, the revamped Body of Proof will return to its Tuesday 10 PM slot.
Lyndon Smith has landed a major recurring role on the CW’s drama series 90210. In a six-to-nine episode arc, she will play Michaela, who is an exceptional singer – a cute, free-spirited girl trying to make a fresh start. We come to find out that Michaela has an unexpected connection to the gang, and will end up playing a very big part in one of our characters’ lives. Smith, repped by Don Buchwald-Fortitude and Main Title, is a regular in the MTV pilot Cassandra French.
Amir Arison has signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour. The actor will play scientist Theo Molars. Arison has recently guest starred on Showtime’s Homeland and FX’s American Horror Story. Anthony Edwards leads Zero Hour as a conspiracy magazine editor who becomes involved in a grand conspiracy when his wife is kidnapped. Amir Arison is repped by Bauman Redantly & Shaul and Sweet180.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Prison Break co-executive producer Zack Estrin is reuniting with the Fox drama’s creator Paul Scheuring. Estrin has extended his deal with ABC Studios, and nder the pact, he will join Scheuring’s new series, ABC’s Zero Hour, as an executive producer/showrunner. This marks Estrin’s third consecutive gig on an ABC/ABC Studios series — he also served as a co-executive producer on No Ordinary Family and executive producer on The River this past season. Zero Hour stars Anthony Edwards as a man who, after spending 20 years as the editor of a skeptic magazine, becomes involved in one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Estrin will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside creator Scheuring, Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott.
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Stahl-David, Sara Paxton, Zach Cregger and Addison Timlin have joined the cast of The Bounceback. Directed by Bryan Poyser, the indie romantic comedy chronicles two former couples that end up in Austin, Texas on the same emotionally fraught weekend. Trace Sheehan and Megan Gilbride are producing the project, which is set to start filming this month. Executive producers are Ross Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content. Stahl-David, who starred in 2008’s Cloverfield, is with ICM and Management 360. Paxton, who starred in Shark Night 3-D, is with UTA and Stein Entertainment Group. Cregger, who was in Whitest Kids U’ Know, is with WME and The Collective. Timlin, who is in the ABC pilot Zero Hour, is with Gersh and Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: In his first series regular role since ER, Anthony Edwards has signed on as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The ABC Studios project, written and executive produced by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, centers on Hank Foley (Edwards) who, after spending 20 years as the editor of Modern Skeptics magazine, becomes involved in one the most compelling conspiracies in human history when his wife is kidnapped.