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ABC Moves Private Practice, Still No Cougar Town

January 10, 2012

ABC‘s Private Practice is moving to Tuesdays to face off against NBC‘s Parenthood.

At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Tuesday morning, ABC president Paul Lee made the announcement, along with several others. I’m unsure of how I feel about this joker, but here’s what he had to say:

  • The Shonda Rhimes-produced Scandal (starring Kerry Washington and Columbus Short) will debut in the post-Grey’s Anatomy slot (currently held by Private Practice) on April 5. That will bump Practice to Tuesdays at 10, airing against my beloved Parenthood.
  • Shockingly, there is still no date set for the return of the third season of Cougar Town. Make no mistake, that was sarcasm; I am not impressed. Nor should anyone who appreciates good TV. It’s interesting; the Cougar Town fanbase seems to be fairly large and extremely vocal. And yet… quite possibly the worst sitcom ever, Work It, not only made it through the system but is currently airing.
  • There is potential good news for Cougar Town fans in that Lee hinted – hinted, not to be confused with saying – that there might be room for a second comedy night on ABC that would combine Cougar Town with Happy Endings (which makes sense). Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 (cleaned up to become Apartment 23) would be a part of this alleged comedy night. I say throw in Suburgatory and have a night of witty comedies (if Bitch ends up being as good as the pilot suggest).
  • Lee had nothing to say about the fate of Grey’s Anatomy‘s original cast (all of whom have contracts up for renewal). Nor did he have anything to say about the fate of General Hospital (with Katie Couric breathing down their neck).
  • Pan Am isn’t officially cancelled, which is a good thing; I kinda like the show. But we’ll see. Ratings have continually dropped with each episode. Of course, when people hear that a show isn’t going to be around much longer, there’s generally less interest in showing up at the allotted time.

And that was about all he said that was interesting. What do you think? Looking forward to Scandal? Would you watch the comedy block I suggested?

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