New shows GCB, The River, Work It, Missing, and Celebrity Wife Swap, and returning reality competition shows Shark Tank and Winter Wipeout have all landed spots on ABC’s schedule, as ABC was the latest network to announce its spring schedule, along with new series premieres, and cancellations.
The new schedule, set to go in effect Tuesday, January 3rd when Work It replaces the recently cancelled Man Up! in the Tuesday 830p.m. timeslot. Celebrity Wife Swap with air Tuesdays at 9p.m., bridging the gap between Dancing with the Stars cycles. Once Celebrity Wife Swap is done with short run in February, the new horror drama The River will take over the 9p.m, timeslot until Dancing with the Stars returns on March 27th.
Winter Wipeout will return to ABC on Thursday, January 5th at 8p.m. until March 15th, where the Ashley Judd-led drama Missing will premiere. ABC welcomes back Shark Tank to Friday nights on February 3rd. GCB, which the network is betting on being the successor to the departing Desperate Housewives, will take over the Sunday 10p.m. slot once Pan Am completes its 14 episode order.
Only shows not to make it to the spring schedule is the Shonda Rhimes produced Scandal, and the much-anticipated premiere of Apartment 23, and the highly anticipated return of Cougar Town – both of which were originally planned by ABC president Paul Lee to bridge the gaps between the Dancing With the Stars cycles on Tuesday nights.
ABC has also announced that new comedy Man Up! has been cancelled and production will shut down after the 13th episode, and Tuesday night drama Body of Proof has been picked up for a full season.
Here are ABC’s plans for Spring 2012:
Tuesday, January 3rd:
- 830p.m. – Work It
- 9p.m. – Celebrity Wife Swap
Thursday January 5th:
- 8p.m. – Winter Wipeout
Friday, February 3rd:
- 8p.m. – Shark Tank
Tuesday, February 7th:
- 9p.m. – The River
- 10P.M. – GCB
- 8p.m. – Missing
- 8-10p.m. – Dancing With the Stars
- 9p.m. – Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show