Fans of ABC's two comedy series Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 might want to sit down for this news.
In the recent announcement of ABC's midseason schedule starting in the spring of 2013, the results show Dancing with the Stars will be taking the hour-long time slot occupied by both shows on March 26th. But Happy Endings has a 22-episode order for season 3, and Apartment 23 has an 18-episode season order for season 2, and by the time Dancing with the Stars comes along, not all of those episodes will have aired.
THR doesn't have anymore details on the matter, but they do say that those remaining episodes are not currently scheduled to air. This isn't necessarily something for fans to freak out about, but it is rather disconcerting - almost in the same way that NBC has been jockeying around Community by delaying the season 4 premiere until February of 2013.
Dancing with the Stars obviously pulls in more ratings than both shows, but the ratings for Happy Endings went up last night, so one would think the network would like to continue that upward trend. And how will both shows finish out their respective seasons? Thankfully, we have an answer for at least one of these comedies.
A writer at Grantland reached out to Happy Endings star Adam Pally (he plays Max) on Twitter and asked whether or not the assumption that Happy Endings might finish their episodes by the time March 26th rolls around was correct. He confirmed the show's removal from the schedule with no return date with this tweet:
— adam pally (@adampally) December 5, 2012
But then he clarified that, by the time the show is taken off the schedule, they will have aired 16 episodes, leaving six in the can. Pally said they would definitely be shooting all 22 episodes for their order, but once they're done, it's out of their hands and up to ABC. It's likely the same situation with Apartment 23.
If anything, it wouldn't be out of the question for the last round of episodes for both series to air towards the beginning of the summer. Some shows do run a little bit long depending on scheduling issues, so maybe ABC just has too many shows to jostle around to make this work seamlessly without having the shows go on hiatus.
In a perfect world, reality television would always take a backseat to quality programming like Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, but we don't live in that world. It's show business after all, and ratings are what drive decisions. Hopefully we'll have some clarification and good news for fans of both of these shows sometime soon.
Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 air Tuesdays starting at 9/8C on ABC.
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