ABC Pulls 'Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23' from Schedule, Replaces it With Extra 'Happy Endings' Episodes

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January 22nd, 2013

ABC has pulled Don't Trust The B in Apt. 23 from its schedule and will replace it with an extra episode of Happy Endings starting January 29, per The Hollywood Reporter. this means that two episodes of Happy Endings will air back to back on Tuesdays from 9-10 until March when Dancing with the Stars returns.  There is as yet no word on when or if  the remaining eight unaired episodes of Don't Trust The B will air. This move comes after ABC briefly aired extra, out-of-sequence episodes of both comedies on Sunday from 10-11PM, before yanking them off the schedule due to low ratings.

 
  • v

    Im guessing this is done as favour to HE to see if it can get some deal with some cable company for 1 more season.
    I doubt it with Cougar Town doing not so great on TBS.

  • Kyle7

    @wrangler: “MOVE IT BACK TO 9:30 ON Wednesday after MODERN FAMILY!! That was when it was a massive success.”

    Massive success?! Here were its post-MF ratings: 2.9, 2.6, 2.0 (after repeat), 2.3, 2.3, 1.9, 2.4

    Maybe that’s a massive success by NBC standards, but by ABC standards that’s somewhere between decent and good. You also have to factor in that other shows have done similar ratings in that slot. It seems like ABC can throw almost anything after MF and it’ll pull low-to-mid-2′s.

    “ABC executives really love this show as stated in an interview 2 weeks ago.”

    Every network loves all of their shows in interviews.

    “Putting the show after Happy Endings has destroyed it!”

    I could make a similar argument that HE was destroyed from being put after DWTS. The truth is likely more along the lines of both shows benefiting a lot from the MF lead-in and being hurt by competition from two similarly-skewing comedies airing at the same time.

  • forg

    I’m not based in the US but in every TV-related site I visit I saw ads for the HE-Apt 23 season premiere so I don’t know I feel like ABC tried their best to promote those shows. And you know even if ABC kept Apt 23 after the post-MF slot it will still pull low ratings because they’re not compatible at all.

    With that said, I’m sad it’s gone. :(

  • Amy

    Krysten Ritter was the best part of this show, so I hope to see her on another sitcom soon.

  • Joe

    The idea that two episodes a week is bad news for Happy Endings is misguided. The “bad news” for Happy Endings was when ABC announced it would be ending in March. The fact that they seem to want to get all of the episodes in before summer burn-off is more good than bad. They didnt extend the same luxury to Apartment 23. So I’m not sure why this site felt the show still had a chance back when they announced it would be ending in March but decided it would probably be cancelled when they started scheduling additional episodes. Whatever thoughts you had on the shows fate back then should really be the same as now.

  • Chris

    that’s too bad, I really liked Apt 23. Re the Sunday night extra episodes thing, what do they expect, throw on out of sequence eps on a day/time no one knows about … thus low ratings … duuuhhhhh! I hope they air the unaired eps. Funny that out of all the shows renewed or likely to be renewed I don’t watch any of them.

  • Shepherd

    I guess ABC thought those special, out of order episodes were the cream of the crop for season 2, concluding that if they couldn’t do well, the remaining episodes couldn’t either. I don’t watch either show, but I always hate it when networks air shows out of order. (I’m looking at you FOX)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The idea that two episodes a week is bad news for Happy Endings is misguided. The “bad news” for Happy Endings was when ABC announced it would be ending in March. The fact that they seem to want to get all of the episodes in before summer burn-off is more good than bad. They didnt extend the same luxury to Apartment 23. So I’m not sure why this site felt the show still had a chance back when they announced it would be ending in March but decided it would probably be cancelled when they started scheduling additional episodes. Whatever thoughts you had on the shows fate back then should really be the same as now.”

    After the burn off was announced, I moved my prediction for HE to “likely to be canceled”. That’s where it will probably stay. As long as Sony is involved with a marginally 3rd season show, it’s got at least some small chance at renewal.

    I view this announcement as neither good nor bad news for the show’s prospects.

  • KJ Styles

    Happy Endings only shot at renewal is if TBS picks it up like they did with Cougar Town.

  • networkman

    Krysten Ritter was the best thing about Don’t Trust the B… But she simply could not save the show. It was really flat this year. And I hope that she will be able to find another project soon. She would be great for CBS working with Anna Faris. Happy Endings is more suited for FOX. The cast has great chemistry but they play their characters in such a cartoonish way I feel that turns off some viewers. It comes off as unrealistic and forced.

  • Joe D

    HE 2X a week = burn-off/cancellation. No fan campaign is going to bring it back. ABC will probably give up on Tues comedies and try something else – maybe a primetime Nightline which is cheaper to produce and probably would get about the same ratings as a scripted show has.

  • Michael

    Run-Off for both programs. Bye-Bye!

  • Andrew

    Booooooooooo! I hate ABC! I loved Apt.23!!!!

  • Rebecca

    It’s canceled with 8 episodes left to air. Futoncritic finally updated their listings for A23 today and had an article I didn’t bother to read. Maybe the final 8 eps will be on hulu eventually. That’s where I saw the rest of Man Up and Animal Practice.

  • Rebecca

    TVGuide’s article actually says that while the stars are saying the show is canceled, the ABC rep the author talked to won’t confirm a cancellation. But if it’s pulled from the air (like it is), it’s basically canceled.

  • Emma

    Well, while I do watch both shows, I do see why this was done. Don’t Trust the B really didn’t… move anywhere.. regarding plot line and everything, while Happy Endings is ROCKIN as always

    I’m happy for 2 Happy Endings a night! Woo hoo!

  • Marc

    Note to networks (especially ABC apparently): Stop using titles you can’t even spell out or say around your family or on the air: “Dont trust the B***h” and “Sh#7 my dad says” and “Good Christian “B*****s”. You are already alienating 70% of viewers who will think they show isn’t for them. Oh, and a show title that is popularly used as a euphemism for an orgasm, also probably not a great idea unless it’s a show on Playboy channel or Skinemax.

    I doubt Two Broke Girls would have gotten the sampling they did if it were called “Two Broke B*****s.” And Mike and Molly could be “F*****g Mike and Molly” and maybe How I Banged Your Mother”

    Wake up, idiots. Stop trying to be “edgy”

  • Marsh

    I just started getting into this show on Hulu, it’s hilarious. ABC, you’re making a mistake.

  • Ultima

    @Marc
    You are already alienating 70% of viewers

    70% of all statistics are made up…

  • Ultima

    @Marc
    Stop using titles you can’t even spell out or say around your family or on the air: “Dont trust the B***h” and “Sh#7 my dad says” and “Good Christian “B*****s”.

    Also, while this doesn’t apply to Don’t Trust the B-, the other two were based off of books and they just carried the title over (or intended to in GCB’s case).

    As for your criticism, while you may have an issue with saying “$#*! My Dad Says” in front of your kids, there’s plenty of shows with perfectly fine titles that you probably don’t want to be discussing the content of in front of them (e.g. 2 Broke Girls, which is mostly sex jokes; or most adult oriented primetime soap operas).

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