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.