ABC Mid-Season Premieres: Men in Drag, But No 'Cougar Town'
ABC Mid-Season Premieres: Men in Drag, But No 'Cougar Town'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
ABC has announced several premiere dates for its new mid-season shows, but the bigger story is what shows AREN'T on the list. The network is leaving returning comedy Cougar Town, new comedy Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 and the new Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal off its current schedule, though all will be premiering sometime in the spring.

UPDATE: It seems Cougar Town will return in March, taking over Work It's time slot Tuesdays at 8:30pm. Worse yet, the delayed start also comes with a reduced order as ABC has cut the season to just 15 episodes instead of 22 like they'd originally planned.

Instead, ABC is using a few new shows to plug the holes left by its failed fall shows. The abysmally terrible Work It *about two men dressing up like women to get a job) will take over for Man Up, the Ashley Judd drama Missing takes over for Charlie's Angels and the hilarious new show GCB will take Pan Am's time slot in March. The network also has Celebrity Wife Swap and the sci-fi series The River keeping Tuesday nights warm while Dancing with the Stars is away.

Here are the premiere dates for ABC's mid-season schedule.

Tuesday, January 3 at 8:30pm: Work It, the "comedy" about two men who dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical sales reps. It is sure to go down as one of the worst shows in the history of TV and will almost certainly be canceled before the end of January.

Tuesday, January 3 at 9pm: Celebrity Wife Swap

Thursday, January 5 at 8pm: Wipeout

Friday, February 3 at 8pm: Shark Tank

Tuesday, February 7 at 9pm: The River
, a new sci-fi drama filmed documentary-style about a missing adventurer in the Amazon.

Sunday, March 4 at 10pm: GCB
, formerly Good Christian Belles, more formerly Good Christian Bitches, a witty new show about a former mean girl who returns to her Texas hometown.

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm: Missing, starring Ashley Judd as a woman searching for her missing son.

Monday, March 19 at 8pm: Dancing with the Stars

The returning shows will all come back in their current time slots..

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