ABC midseason: 'Cougar Town' not scheduled yet, dates for 'GCB' and 'The River'

cougar-town-cast-boat.jpgThe biggest thing in the midseason schedule ABC announced Friday (Nov. 18) -- for us, at least -- is what isn't there: The network hasn't scheduled the return of "Cougar Town" or the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama "Scandal" yet.

What it does have, though, is premiere dates for cross-dressing comedy "Work It" and the buzzed-about dramas "The River" and "GCB," along with (shudder) "Celebrity Wife Swap." First-year comedy "Man Up!," meanwhile, will be off the schedule come January.

"Work It," whose pilot drew rather large doses of critical bile over the summer, will take over the "Man Up!" timeslot at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesdays starting Jan. 3. Also premiering that night is "Celebrity Wife Swap," which will fill the "Dancing With the Stars" results show spot for five weeks before yielding to "The River," a creepy drama about the search for a missing explorer on the Amazon.

The 9 o'clock Tuesday spot was widely expected to be the landing place for "Cougar Town" and new comedy "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23," but that's not the case -- at least not for the first couple months of 2012. "Scandal," which stars Kerry Washington as a D.C.-based crisis management consultant, also hasn't been given a spot yet. An ABC rep tells Zap2it, however, that all three will "definitely" be on the air next year.

"GCB," meanwhile, will take over for "Pan Am" at 10 p.m. Sundays starting March 4. The 8 o'clock Thursday spot soon to be vacated by "Charlie's Angels" will go first to "Winter Wipeout" (starting Jan. 5) and then to "Missing," which stars Ashley Judd as a former CIA agent searching for her missing son in Europe. ABC also has set the spring run of "Dancing With the Stars" to start on March 19.

The full midseason schedule, with new shows in bold (Wednesday's lineup is unchanged):

Monday

8 p.m. "The Bachelor" (premieres Jan. 2)/"Dancing With the Stars" (premieres March 19)
10 p.m. "Castle"

Tuesday

8 p.m. "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m. "Work It" (premieres Jan. 3)
9 p.m. "Celebrity Wife Swap" (premieres Jan. 3)/ "The River" (premieres Feb. 7)/"Dancing With the Stars" results (premieres March 27)
10 p.m. "Body of Proof"

Thursday

8 p.m. "Winter Wipeout" (premieres Jan. 5)/ "Missing" (premieres March 15)
9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10 p.m. "Private Practice"

Friday

8 p.m. "Shark Tank" (premieres Feb. 3)
10 p.m. "20/20"

Sunday

7 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8 p.m. "Once Upon a Time"
9 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10 p.m. "Pan Am"/ "GCB" (premieres March 4)
Photo/Video credit: ABC
SHARE IT ON: