ABC Midseason Scheduling Moves Ship 'Happy Endings' to Fridays

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February 13th, 2013

via press release:



“Celebrity Wife Swap” Returns with All-New Episodes Beginning

Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m., and “The Taste” Moves to 9:00 p.m. That Same Night

 “Happy Endings” Moves to Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Starting March 29


 ABC announces midseason scheduling moves, with “Celebrity Wife Swap,” the reality series that shines a light on how controversial celebrities really live their lives, returning on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET with all-new episodes, and competitive cooking show “The Taste” moving back an hour to 9:00-10:00 p.m., starting that same night. Beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 29, critically acclaimed comedy “Happy Endings” will move to Friday nights, airing back-to-back original episodes from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET.

Editors please note: The Friday night comedy block of “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” will have aired their season finales prior to “Happy Endings” taking over that timeslot.

The February 26 season premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap” features the unlikeliest of moms swapping lives -- “Splash” contestant and Playmate Kendra Wilkinson and reality super mom Kate Gosselin of “Kate Plus Eight” fame. “Celebrity Wife Swap” follows mothers in two celebrity families with very different values as they swap lifestyles, children and homes (but not bedrooms), for one week and embark on a journey like no other. They’re given the chance to see how another celebrity raises their children and deals with life in the spotlight, while allowing both couples the opportunity to re-discover why they love each other and why they decided to get together in the first place.

  • NY

    The only reason ABC has to do this is to attempt to slow down the presumable recover of Go On and The New Normal once they air again after The Voice, and erode a little of NCIS audience…

  • A

    I checked wiki and apparently by the end of its season 3, this show ill have 67 episodes.

    Wouldn’t make sense to order a final season to reach 88 episodes for syndication deals? More money for the network.

  • Oliver

    Or, y’know, improve ABC’s ratings, which have been flatlining on Tuesday.

    57 episodes, or at least 2 more seasons.

  • Dinaminjo

    HE Fridays is a direct battle vs Malibu Country..

    IF HE beats MC or equals it, it will have a chance..

  • Ali

    How many episodes of Last Man Standing and Malibu Country has ABC ordered by the way? is it 20 and 13?

  • KevinY

    Happy Endings 10 pm Wednesday’s on TBS starting January 2014. If Cougar Town can get a (1.1) on TBS I think Happy Endings should be able to get a (1.4) or better.

    I’d be shocked if anyone from HE is allowed to do any pilots this spring.

    If by odd chance this is the final season (which I think is highly unlikely) the actor I’d be most intrigued to see going forward is Eliza Coupe. I think she’s the best comedic actress on TV. My guess is she would do a couple films, and maybe show up in some guest starring spots on TV the next couple years before landing a new pilot maybe in 2015. I’d love to see her get a show on HBO or SHO. If you read her twitter feed you know how filthy she is. I’d love to see her inner crazy unleashed on premium cable.

  • Dan

    @Dan S – Friday is actually the best slot. Any other slot just smells like burnoff, even Sunday at 10. Friday at 8 is atleast saying OK LMS and MC aired there so we’re keeping comedy here. And at least its a chance to air originals of something through April.

    @Dinaminjo – Nahh I think HE fate is sealed already. Its a much more expensive series to produce being single camera. Its just an easy way for ABC to burn off new episodes through May. They werent going to air new episodes or comedy on Tuesday and summer just says burnoff and cancellation.

    @Oliver – You’re right ABC knows Tuesday Comedy = Garbage numbers as evidenced by NBC and FOX so they are just leaving tuesday to reality and DWTS until May. Good move.

    Happy Endings is still 50/50 at best with it more likely being cancelled but if ABC shops it to TBS then it still has a chance.

    @David Howell – Red Widow only has 8 episodes. I assume ABC will let all 8 air like they did with Missing and The River. As for Zero Hour, It will do horrible but I’m sure ABC will let it ride through May. Zero Hour is an expensive drama, they may as well air it.

    @Panda22 – What other slot could ABC move it to without airing it over the summer? Sun-Thur is packed, and saturday is a burnoff. Friday’s 2 comedies are done by March, so Friday is perfect. ABC has 666 Park Avenue and Apartment 23 airing over the summer but those have been cancelled already.

  • alvar

    Happy Endings clearly hasn’t managed to sustain an audience without a Modern Family lead in. The numbers are awful and it won’t reach syndication with another season. Its time to cancel this show.

  • DD

    Could this mean the Rebel Wilson comedy pilot Super Fun Night is gonna be dumped on Tuesdays to try and launch another comedy block like ABC Wednesdays in the fall, since Happy Endings is clearly out the picture?

  • cass rowland

    i will be interested in what abc does on tuesday next fall

  • Michael

    Better to be burned off early than to be yanked from the schedule completely. It was a good show. I still use terms like “gaycist” and “chicksand.”

  • PurpleDrazi

    Noooooooooo!!! :-(

  • iggy

    Maybe Damon Wayans, Jr. will be asked back on New Girl??

    I very much hope so.

  • Terri

    Kate Gosselin is NOT part of a couple so I can’t for the life of me understand how she is on this show. Please some one over at ABC explain this one for me.

  • James D.

    I also see that ABC has programmed their new game show “Bet on Your Baby” for Saturday nights starting in April. The Cancellation Bear thanks ABC for the Valentine’s Day gift.

  • SJ

    I really do hope TBS buys this show from ABC, because the way ABC is treating it is just horrible. And they did the same thing to Cougar Town, Apartment 23 and Better Off Ted.

    Here’s a tip, ABC: stick to your lame family comedies, you obviously can’t do funny! I’d rather these amazing shows died in the pilot stage before I got a chance to get attached to them.

    They always cancel their best comedies. Enough already! Also, make a schedule and stick to it. How is anyone gonna watch your programs if they don’t know when they’re on? No wonder ABC is #4. They deserve it, every bit of it!

    I just hope this means that Body of Proof will get a better chance now. Because if they cancel both, in addition to ruining Revenge’s ratings, I’m not watching a single new ABC show next year.

  • forg

    ABC should really stick with their family sitcoms since they’re the ones doing better.I like HE and A23 but it was a mistake to have them start a new block. They could not stand on their own.

  • Paul

    This does not spell certain cancellation. Likes Rules of Engagement, you always need that lingering sitcom. ABC looks desperate to hold on to Happy Endings, especially since it is nearing the magic number.

  • Chris

    Where is Wipeout?

  • AA

    I am not sure wheter this is a burn off or a last atempt to save Happy Endings.

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