ABC’s latest comedy plan
ABC has conceded the Tuesday comedy business to NBC and Fox and will cram all its comedy series on Wednesday nights going forward this season. Abandoning its sitcom push into Tuesdays, ABC’s new strategy for the night involves a food competition called “The Taste,” the network announced Tuesday. “The Taste” stars Anthony Bourdain. Of course it does. It debuts next month.
ABC’s new Tuesday strategy involves a food competition called “The Taste,” starring — you know it’s coming — Anthony Bourdain. It debuts next month.
In mid-March, Tuesday’s game plan includes a new celebrity diving competition, which will have a tough time given that Fox debuts its celebrity diving competition in January. Yes, celebrities diving into water is the new singing competition.
On Sundays, as of March 3, ABC is replacing its scrapped satanic drama, “666 Park Avenue,” with “Red Widow,” about a Russian gangster’s daughter living the good life in Marin County, CA, until her husband gets bumped off, which gives her something to think about.
On Thursdays, ABC will replace the failed “Last Resort” with “Zero Hour,” starting Feb. 5. Anthony Edwards plays the publisher of a paranormal-enthusiast magazine (really?) whose beautiful wife is abducted from her antique clock shop — maybe because one of her clocks contains a treasure map?
To cram all of ABC’s comedies onto Wednesday night, the aliens-in-a-gated-community comedy “The Neighbors” will air only originals until it runs out of them in March. “Suburgatory” will then move to its 8:30 p.m. slot April 3, giving Sarah Chalke’s new “How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” the plum post-“Modern Family” time slot.
ABC’s other new comedy, “Family Tools,” will succeed “Suburgatory” at 8:30 p.m., but not until May 1 — so late that the show nearly qualifies as the first debut of the next TV season.
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