3:30 pm - 01/22/2013

'Don't Trust the B- in Apt 23' is Cancelled, ABC Schedule Doubles Up on 'Happy Endings'

Eight episodes of the low-rated sophomore comedy will remain unaired, while its lead-in will air the rest of its order ahead of "Dancing With the Stars" taking its slot in March.

There's bad news and good news for fans of ABC's Tuesday comedy block. Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 has been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately, and Happy Endings will start airing back-to-back original episodes starting Jan. 29.

A network rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the change takes place next week, following Tuesday night's special two-hour premiere of The Taste and weeks of shuffling for both Apt. 23 and Happy Endings.

After the two comedies were given an early end date in March to accommodate ABC's midseason schedule, the network announced plans to air three "bonus" episodes of each in the vacated 10 p.m. Sunday slot, before ditching the third round for an encore of Shark Tank after low ratings.

This latest development also comes two weeks after ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that a decision on the future of both Apt. 23 and Happy Endings had yet to be made.</b>

"We love those two shows. They're incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows," he said, noting that he planned to continue supporting the series throughout the season. Lee stopped short of commenting on whether either show would live beyond its current order (22 episodes for Happy Endings and 18 for Apt. 23).

For Apt. 23, starring Krysten Ritter, the move marks the latest in its wonky scheduling. The series launched last year as a midseason show, with multiple episodes shelved to run out of sequence this season, including a story line involving co-star James Van Der Beek as a Dancing With the Stars contestant that only recently aired.

And Happy Endings, itself a midseason show in 2011, saw its full order come to a quick close last season to accommodate new entries. An unaired season two episode finally made it to air two Sundays ago.

Happy Endings, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, has performed significantly stronger than Apt. 23 since the lineup launched earlier this season. It's currently averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4 million viewers in Live+Same Day returns. Apt. 23 has a season average of a 1.2 adults rating and 3 million viewers.

No decision has been made on when or where the eight unaired episodes of Apt. 23 will land.

According to James and Krysten, you can protest here at the Save Don't Trust the B- Facebook page and vent here on the ABC Contact Us page.

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That pretty much confirms that Apt. 23 is dead. So disappointing.
ETA: Krysten and James confirmed the show is cancelled. Sigh.
williammiller 22nd-Jan-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)

ABC cancels/gets rid of all the shows I love. First it's Pushing Daisies, then The Unusuals, now this show. God forbid ABC have a well-written, well-acted, funny show on their network.

Edited at 2013-01-22 08:37 pm (UTC)
aglows 22nd-Jan-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
Pushing Daisies! Don't remind me.... it still breaks my heart not to see Lee Pace every week.
ljubavirakija 22nd-Jan-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
The Unusuals

I really loved that show :[
masterofmystery 22nd-Jan-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
sigh, the unusuals.

on the upside, renner went off to have a great film career after it. on the downside, that fucker is probably never doing another comedy at this rate, which is a shame.
anna_bea2 22nd-Jan-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
idk Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters 3D looks pretty hilarious.
roxtarrr 22nd-Jan-2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
That cancellation was great timing for him but TERRIBLE timing for that show. :(

I fucking loved it.
la_petite_singe 22nd-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
The Unusuals was adorable. So mad about that. AND OF COURSE PD :(
ashley51201 22nd-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I still hate them for canceling Dirty Sexy Money
saintvlas22 23rd-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
That show was my LIFE. I was still weirdly virginal at the time, so I blushed every time I had to say the word 'sexy' around my family - but damn did I ever LOVE it!
neaira 24th-Jan-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
You and me both, sister.
chantemarissa 22nd-Jan-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
pushing daisies & the unusuals :(((
ace_kay 22nd-Jan-2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I just had a marathon of PD and my little heart can't take it anymore.
blue_birds 22nd-Jan-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
rip Pushing Daises ;_;
That show was the best.
stellar_ball 23rd-Jan-2013 02:59 am (UTC)
I was actually just about to reply to a comment you replied to of mine (from forever ago but it's still in my inbox) about I Love Lucy and how you have awesome taste in TV shows cause I remember how you loved The Unusuals like me, but i dunno, Apt 23 was just...ok. I still love you though.
killerqueen 23rd-Jan-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I'll forever miss PD :(
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