ABC Boss Talks Cougar Town Return, New Night For Private Practice, 'Relocation' For Revenge
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Tuesday, ABC president Paul Lee said the network remains committed to the currently-benched comedy, although he stopped short of announcing the show’s return date.
“The reality is I think Cougar Town is having one of its best [seasons],” he said. “We haven’t yet landed on where it’s going to go, but it’s tentatively in there for March. We’re going to give it a good launching pad… We will be [announcing a premiere date] in a couple weeks.”
Lee went on to hint that he’s eyeing a potential new night of comedy that could include C-Town as well as Happy Endings and midseason entry Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23. “It will be great to have a group of great irreverent comedies together. That’s the dream.”
Other highlights from ABC’s exec sesh:
* Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama, Scandal, will premiere Thursday, April 5 at 10/9c, airing after Grey’s Anatomy. Private Practice will then air its four remaining episodes on Tuesdays at 10, following the Dancing With the Stars results show.
* Apartment 23 premieres Wednesday, April 11, at 9:30 pm.
* Regarding the suspect fate of ABC’s soon-to-be-lone soap opera, given the September 2012 arrival of Katie Couric’s daytime talker, Lee said, “I’m a fan of General Hospital but we have not made a decision, and we do not have a time frame for [making that call] either.”
* Lee declined to comment on the ongoing contract talks with the original Grey’s Anatomy cast members.
* Work It‘s “meh” premiere ratings landed “right in the middle” of expectations, Lee said.
* Lee refused to officially ground Pan Am just yet, saying, “We have new [episodes] that air through the end of February… It will be in contention [for renewal].”
* A possible move away from the Hamptons for Revenge Season 2 “is in the cards,” Lee confirmed.