'Cougar Town' Tentatively Slated for March Return; 'Scandal' Premieres April 5, Bumps 'Private Practice' to Tuesdays at 10 + 'Don't Trust the B----...'

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January 10th, 2012

 

At this morning's Winter TCA Press Tour executive session, ABC chief Paul Lee said Cougar Town was tentatively scheduled for a March return.  Some blather about wanting to "give it a good launch pad' but ABC still hasn't decided where it will air. A premiere date announcement is expected within a couple of weeks.  ABC also announced that Scandal would premiere on April 5 at 10pm following Grey's Anatomy and that Private Practice would move to Tuesdays at 10pm for four weeks from April 24-May 15.

On General Hospital Lee said that he's a fan of the show but that they have not made a decision on its fate, and that they do not not have a time frame for that. That doesn't sound too good...

 

SCANDAL,” A NEW DRAMA SERIES FROM THE CREATOR AND

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS OF “GREY’S ANATOMY” AND “Private Practice,”

PREMIERES THURSDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10:00 P.M., ET ON ABC

 

Starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

 

Private Practice” Moves to Tuesday Evenings at 10:00 p.m., from April 24through May 15

 

The creator and executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” delve into the behind-the-scenes machinations of a mesmerizing top crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), in ABC’s highly anticipated new drama, “Scandal,” premiering THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

Everyone has a secret... and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life —both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), are never far, and it soon becomes clear that Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets. Olivia’s accomplished staff includes Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a womanizing lawyer who’s trying to settle down; Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a slick litigator with his fair share of secrets; Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker extraordinaire with a CIA past; and Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), an investigator who has a love/hate relationship with Stephen. Although Olivia and her team specialize in fixing the lives of other people, they can’t quite seem to fix the problems closest at hand—their own.

 

In the premiere episode, young lawyer Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is offered a job with Olivia Pope and Associates, and she is in awe. Olivia and her team of “gladiators in Suits” will do whatever it takes to make their clients’ problems go away, and newbie Quinn is initiated into the group with trial by fire on day one -- when a White House intern accuses the President of having an affair. Olivia is the only one the White House trusts to diffuse the problem, but as she gets deeper into the situation, Quinn soon realizes Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets.

 

Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“Ray”) as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz (“Half-Baked”) as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”) as President Fitzgerald Grant, and Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Cyrus Beene.

 

Scandal” is written by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. Paul McGuigan (BBC's "Sherlock”) is the director. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.

A WIDE-EYED GIRL FROM THE MIDWEST MEETS THE ULTIMATE OUTRAGEOUS

CITY GIRL, ON THE PREMIERE OF “DON’T Trust The B---- IN APARTMENT 23,”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK

 

Much Anticipated, All-new Comedy Will Join the

Hugely Successful ABC Wednesday Night Comedy Block

           

After a naïve Midwestern girl’s big city dreams are dashed during her first week in New York, she finds herself living with her worst nightmare, in a hilarious, contemporary comedy about a female odd couple who are surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters. “Don’t Trust The B---- in Apartment 23” premieres WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” June (Dreama Walker) moves to Manhattan for a dream job and the perfect company apartment, only to have them disappear in a puff of reality, thanks to a CEO from the Bernie Madoff school of embezzlement. Deep in debt and out on the streets, June scrambles to land a job and a place to live. It seems that her luck has turned when she gets hired at a coffee shop and finds Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a charming, vivacious roommate – but with the morals of a pirate. Chloe soon swindles June out of all her savings, but she and her snarky friend, James Van Der Beek (playing himself), come to learn that, just because June’s naïve, she isn’t stupid. June ingeniously turns the tables on Chloe, who is so shocked about being scammed herself that she decides to pull June into her colorful band of friends. Sure, it’s all dysfunctional, bizarre and overwhelming, but so is New York City. And with the help of Chloe and the other oddballs around her, June might just learn the survival secrets she needs to make it there.

 

            “Don’t Trust The B---- in Apartment 23” stars Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Chloe, Dreama Walker (“The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl”) as June, Liza Lapira (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) as Robin, Michael Blaiklock (“Secret Girlfriend”) as Eli, Eric André (The Invention of Lying”) as Mark and James Van Der Beek (“Varsity Blues,” “Dawson’s Creek”) as James Van Der Beek.

 

Guest cast in “Pilot” includes Peter MacKenzie as Mr. Colbern, Eve Gordon as Mrs. Colbern, Tate Ellington as Steven, Adrian Kali Turner as Jeremy, Rob Yang as moving man, Nick Puga as Alan the cat guy, Rebecca Grant as Yolanda the pole dancer, Daniel Berson as T-shirt man, Clement Von Franckenstein as Mr. Buchwald, Gameela Wright as cop, BJ Clinkscales as policeman, Thushari Jayasekera as executive assistant, Dante Bonner as hot dog vendor, Helmar Cooper as doorman, Anoush NeVart as Mrs. Yilmaz, Armaan Juneja as young boy, Zitto Kazann as old man, Katherine Tokarz as Nicole, Tim Trella as stunt coordinator on-camera, Gary Lambert as rapper, Amee McKay as Rhonda and Daniel Hall as tuxedo man.

 

“Pilot” was written by Nahnatchka Khan, and directed by Jason Winer.

 

Created and written by Nahnatchka Khan (“American Dad”), “Don’t Trust The B---- in Apartment 23” is executive-produced by Khan, David Hemingson (“American Dad,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and Jeff Morton (“Modern Family”). Jason Winer (“Modern Family”) directed and executive-produced on the pilot. “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

For more information on “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” please visit ABC.com/Apartment 23.

 
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