ABC Announces Premiere Date for Scandal, Time Slot Shift for Private Practice

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ABC President Paul Lee announced a few time slot changes to his network's schedule during today's Television Critics Association panel. To wit:

  • Scandal, the latest drama from Shonda Rhimes, will premiere on April 11 after Grey's Anatomy.
  • Private Practice will then shift to Tuesday nights for its final four episodes.
  • Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 will debut on April 5 after Modern Family.

Lee summed up the decisions rather simply, telling reporters:

“We are using our number one drama to push the launch of Scandal, and we are using our number one comedy to push the launch of Don’t Trust The B—."

As for Cougar Town? Nope, no return date still. But Lee said you can "tentatively" expect it back on the air in March. Altogether now: SIGH...

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What about Body of Proof... i really enjoy that show too. I love abc shows. i hope my favorites dont get cancelled.

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PP will have a much bigger lead in following DWTS, but i really liked it after Greys. Hopefully, this is just to launch the new show.

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It's been previously reported by several sources Scandal will be premiering on April 5th.
Is your date a misprint or is this a new date now?

Tvjunkie

I'm also rather worried about Private Practice's time slot change. Really hoping that they get renewed for season six before this just for that sense of security.

Aries93

After reading other people's comments on TV LINE, I'm confident Private Practice should have no problems doing well against Unforgettable and a reality fashion show called "Fashion Star". So I guess this does not mean PP is in any danger at all. It’s only 4 episodes, so it will have had GA's support for its first 18 episodes. So hopefully in this new slot, it’ll have DWTS support. The help of that means it won’t be out fending for itself exactly.

Saad702

I agree that this change for PPP will not be good, but then again the ratings haven't been great this season either so maybe a change is in order. They probably want to see how the ratings are before they renew it on that night.

Aries93

I am really looking forward to Scandal, but the move of PP has me worried. Hopefully Private Practice is renewed before it’s moved. That will secure a spot for the show next fall. If the show is not moving until April, it may have a shot at renewal before May Sweeps.
I know that airing at 10:00 with over 7 millions a night is considering good, so hopefully it keeps it up or perhaps picks up. Please ABC, don’t ruin one of the good shows I love! I'm very thankful, however, that it's not going to be battling with NCIS on that night, because that would definitely worry me.

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