ABC will be pulling the plug on its experiment of airing Don’t Trust the B**** in Apt. 23 and Happy Endings on Sunday. However, 666 Park Avenue will not be returning.
As we have previously reported, after canceling 666 Park Avenue, the network initially planned to continue airing the remaining episodes in its original time slot at 10 pm on Sunday. However, toward the end of December ABC decided to air extra episodes of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B**** in Apt. 23 in its place.
The network had retained the option to continue airing 666 Park Avenue in its old slot if the two comedies did not perform well in the ratings. Both shows performed modestly in their Tuesday slots, but dipped to series lows on Sundays. But they were airing against the Golden Globes on January 13, which certainly didn’t help matters.
ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee said at TCA last week, “We love those two shows. They are incredibly distinctive, they’re incredibly well-written … [but] we didn’t have much place to put them.” Lee didn’t comment on the prospects for either of the comedies, but he did say that the Sunday experiment was intended to give viewers more of a chance to see both series.
There is still a chance that 666 Park Avenue will get renewed next season if Zero Hour and Red Widow perform worse in the ratings. Zero Hour will premiere on February 14 and Red Widow will premiere March 3.