Holy s— ABC said “F— you” to the B—- today, pulling comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 from its schedule effective immediately, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You won’t see the changes until next week, as the network’s regular Tuesday comedy block of Don’t Trust the B—- and Happy Endings had last night off so ABC can air some dumb two-hour cooking show and the series finale of Private Practice.
But starting on Tuesdays next week, get ready to see back-to-back new episodes of Happy Endings between 9pm and 10pm. ABC has not made a decision on when or where to air the remaining eight episodes of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, but unless something changes, look for a summer burn-off followed by a veiled cancellation notice as ABC sweeps the show under the rug and mumbles something about “still making a decision” on the show’s future. ABC, you really should come to terms with that fact that you are in the TV business and part of that business involves canceling shows. Acceptance is the first step to recovery.
ABC has been wishy-washy with its treatment of Don’t Trust the B—-, introducing it as a midseason show in early 2012 and pulling it before it could finish its first season. A second season was ordered with the remaining episodes from Season 1 included, but Season 2 was scheduled to air opposite other more established comedies, after the other shows had already dug their heels into the turf. And this month, it aired twice a week for a while, with a second episode taking over the crater left by 666 Park Avenue on Sunday nights. In other words, ABC had no idea what to do with Don’t Trust the B—- and this news comes as no surprise.
As for Happy Endings, it’s still chugging along and dodging the axe, with its better ratings keeping it alive. But the future does not look good for the comedy, and if were you, I’d prepare myself for a very sad ending.
ABC has cut short its attempt to double up on originals of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 before the Tuesday sitcoms make an early exit from the schedule in March.
The network said Tuesday that Sunday’s planned episodes of Happy Endings and Apt. 23, intended to air at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, will be replaced by an encore of Shark Tank.
Both shows have had modest showings in their regular Tuesday time slots. On Sundays, both slipped to series low and this past week didn’t even reach a 1.0 rating among adults 18-to-49. Both will continue to air on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30 p.m. until the Dancing With the Stars results show moves into the hour later this season.
“We love those two shows,” ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour just last week. “They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows.”
Although Lee would not comment on the future prospects of either series, he did note that the Sunday specials were intended to give audiences more of a chance to see the series.