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ABC is pulling “Pan Am” and “Man Up!” at midseason, replacing them with “GCB” (based on Kim Gatlin’s 2008 novel “Good Christian Bitches”) and “Work It” (from latter-day “Friends” writers Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen).

Also absent on ABC’s midseason schedule is “Cougar Town,” which the network indicated last May would likely take over the “Dancing With The Stars” slot during the reality show’s midseason hiatus. Instead the supernatural faux-documentary “The River” will fill.

Along with the long-ago cancelled “Charlie’s Angels,” “Man Up!” and “Pan Am” constitute ABC’s lowest-rated scripted series:

(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; previous weeks in parentheses)
5.6 (---) (5.7) (4.5) (5.7) (5.9) (5.7) (5.7) (6.1) (1.8) Modern Family
--- (4.1) (3.6) (3.7) (3.6) (3.6) (3.1) (3.6) (4.3) (1.0) Grey’s Anatomy
3.8 (3.8) (3.9) (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Once Upon A Time
3.2 (3.4) (2.8) (3.2) (3.3) (3.0) (3.1) (3.3) (4.0) (---) Dancing/Stars (Mo)
3.2 (---) (3.4) (3.5) (3.0) (3.2) (2.8) (3.1) (---) (---) Happy Endings
3.0 (2.8) (3.1) (3.0) (2.7) (2.8) (3.0) (3.2) (---) (---) Desperate Housewives
3.0 (---) (3.0) (3.2) (3.0) (2.9) (2.8) (2.7) (3.1) (1.3) The Middle
2.9 (---) (3.1) (3.4) (3.1) (3.0) (3.1) (3.3) (---) (---) Suburgatory
2.7 (2.8) (2.8) (2.6) (2.6) (3.3) (2.9) (2.9) (2.9) (---) Dancing/Stars (Tu)
2.6 (2.6) (2.7) (2.8) (3.1) (3.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) Last Man Standing
2.6 (---) (3.0) (2.7) (2.5) (2.7) (2.4) (2.7) (3.3) (---) Revenge
2.5 (0.8) (2.1) (0.7) (---) (1.6) (1.8) (2.2) (3.0) (---) Saturday Football
2.5 (2.8) (2.6) (2.4) (2.3) (2.3) (2.1) (2.8) (---) (---) Private Practice
--- (2.4) (2.7) (2.4) (2.5) (2.1) (2.5) (3.1) (3.2) (---) Castle
2.0 (---) (1.9) (1.8) (1.9) (1.8) (2.0) (1.8) (2.2) (---) Body of Proof
1.8 (1.7) (1.8) (1.8) (1.8) (1.9) (2.6) (3.1) (---) (---) Pan Am
1.7 (---) (---) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.5) (---) (1.2) (1.2) AFH Videos
1.7 (1.7) (1.8) (2.0) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Man Up!
1.2 (1.1) (1.2) (2.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.2) (1.0) (1.2) (1.0) 20/20
--- (1.1) (1.2) (---) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (1.5) (2.1) (---) Charlie’s Angels

Look! Press release!


ABC announced the following midseason premiere dates for the 2011-12 season today. All times listed are ET.

Tuesday, January 3

8:30-9:00 p.m. “Work It” (Premiere)

9:00 -10:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wife Swap” (Premiere)

Thursday, January 5

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Wipeout” – Winter Wipeout (Season Premiere)

Friday, February 3

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, February 7

9:00-10:00 p.m. “The River” (Premiere)

Sunday, March 4

10:00-11:00 p.m. “GCB” (Premiere)

Thursday, March 15

8:00-9:00 p.m. “Missing” (Premiere)

Monday, March 19

8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, March 27

9:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (Season Premiere)

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  • Nov. 18, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Not a good week for Abed!

    by SifoDyasJr

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    what next?

    by RaveX

    Inspector Spacetime gets canceled?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Well, except for one vowel

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    MAN AP(P) should be their next show.

    by blackwood

    It's about a quirky middle-aged woman with tons of great friends but no love life who decides to have a relationship with her iPhone.

  • BREAKING BAD is DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES with most letters replaced by different ones and a few added.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox is Ian Holm spelled backwards

    by JerryAurora

    Sorry, could not resist

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    The Pan Am ladies were nice to look at

    by Truxton Spangler

    but the show wasn't that great. I'm more interested to know what's going on behind the scenes at Alcatraz and Awake. Two of the more promising midseason entries have had issues. Alcatraz has changed showrunners, and trouble was alluded to on the Awake set.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Was this a suprise?

    by ZoeFan

    Just asking

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Poor Ricci

    by Mugato5150

    Never should have had that breast reduction.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    It's official! Arrested Development is coming back!

    by Griefo

    on Netflix. Bloody good news!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Dan Fogler's streak of failure

    by professorjack


  • Nov. 18, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for Charlies Angels to be Axed

    by Tony

    Its very hard sometimes to flick through channels and avoid these shows. Its like trying to not step in dog doo when its everywhere.

  • Maybe that's what ABC wanted, and when they realized they weren't getting it, they pulled the plug. I found Pan Am has a lot more in common with American Dreams. Both are somewhat homogenized depictions of the 1960s where everything is a bit too crisp and clean. Both series could exist in the same universe - a portrayal of the 1960s that is more sentimental than grittily realistic.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Lost was an Arrested Development ripoff...

    by JacksParasites

    ...cause they both took place in the same decade. Ergo, that makes the show that came out after automatically a ripoff of the prior one even if the two shows have nothing else in common. Also, MASH and Happy Days are the same show cause they both took place in the 50's. Seriously though, I'm sorry to see Pan Am go. While I understand that it wasn't for everyone, it was at least DIFFERENT than any other show unlike the endless stream of derivative procedural shows and reality shows we're being fed. And while people bitched about the spy story line because they hated the idea of it being like Mad Man while simultaneously hating any aspects that made it different from Mad Men, I thought that allowed the show to be a little more unpredictable. You really didn't know where the show was going to go and so I'm disappointed that we'll never find out. I guess this means Castle is the only ABC show I've got left. Good work, ABC. You're losing my viewership.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Dammit, am I the only one?

    by Spursfanjd

    Shit. I'll say it. Been DVR ing Man Up and I find it to be entertaining and enjoyable... Am I really the only one?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Yes spursfanjd, you are the only one.

    by JerryAurora

    Maybe Dan Fogler can get that Balls of Fury sequel going now that he is available again.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Karma's a bitch Ricci!

    by DougMcKenzie

    You spit in the face of God after he gave you a gift, all because you are an anorexic fuck that wants to make Callista Flockhart look like Rosie O'Donnell.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Christina Ricci

    by dukeroberts

    She kind of looks like her body below the neck is being squeezed tighter by some invisible, omnipotent force, causing her head and eyes to swell in disproportion to the beneath. Regardless, she is still hot and I would still love to tap that ass.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Requiescat in Pace, Pan Am

    by dukeroberts

    We hardly knew ye. ABC still offers Castle, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Happy Endings. Fun stuff.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Man Up, Better Off Ted, Mr. Sunshine

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    What do they have in common? They are shows about men on a women's network like ABC. ABC has catered exclusively to female viewers to the point that any shows about men don't stand a chance, not even good ones. The only way Tim Allen could get a show on was to make it about living in a house full of w

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Man Up, Better Off Ted, Mr. Sunshine

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    What do they have in common? They are shows about men on a women's network like ABC. ABC has catered exclusively to female viewers to the point that any shows about men don't stand a chance, not even good ones. The only way Tim Allen could get a show on was to make it about living in a house full of women. This is what makes me laugh about the proposed Hulk TV show, which reports to focus on Betty Ross. Really?!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Ah shit. I hope you're happy now Herc.

    by Jaka

    Because Pan Am being cancelled is all your fault. Hmph.

  • Abed's reaction to Cougar Town being shunted to midseason was hilarious. Looks like me may be getting a reprise.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Good Christian Bitches!!!???

    by Kevin Muniz

    I give it three shows before being cancelled, any show who refers to christian women as bitches smell of libtards.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    do i win a no prize?

    by john

    had the cancellation of pan am right on the money said they would hold it till midseason, then cut and run now the networks can again say that period pieces dont sell...rofl and be happy for ricci...she gets to eat again

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by john

    it was only different than madmen because it had nothing to do with the reality of the times pan am was pure fantasy which is fine...if they had sold the show that way they didnt and audiences didnt buy it

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Pan Am wasn't so bad

    by Riff_Randell

    At least it was better than Cougar Town. Which I didn't even know was still on the air. But Man Ap sucks, though.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Pan Am not officially dead, Herc

    by Cash907

    ABC ordered an additional episode, which brings the season to 14, as a strong international premiere has given the network hope that there may be some life in the series yet. Man Up is done though, officially. Cast and crew officially released to look for other work.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by john read and weep my friend may have gotten good ratings, but its being panned and not enough money in foreign sales to keep this bird in the air

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by IceTitan

    I never really saw "Star Wars" like that before! Thanks!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Over on IMDB they're still in denial

    by Riff_Randell

    They say the show it's only being moved from the timeslot, and it's not "cancelled."

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Other then Pan AM I've never heard of any of those shows.

    by Phategod2

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Cash907 is right

    by K. Raken

    Pan Am is in serious trouble, but it hasn't been formally cancelled. It would be more accurate to say that the back nine haven't been ordered yet -- but then, that's been true for months. In fact, Sony has a track record for finding new homes for trouble shows (you know about Damages, but that's just the tip of the iceberg) and they would happily shop Pan Am, if ABC would just cut it loose. Thus far, no luck. I'm not saying Pan Am is the greatest show ever; it's just not dead yet. And given that Sony has already *spent* the money on thirteen episodes, they have a lot of incentive to try to make some of that back with foreign sales. It won't put them in the black, but it will wash out a lot of the red. P.S. GCB is, uh, uneven. Except for the spray tans, which are uniformly orange. I hope they can fix that in color timing.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Spidey-sense tells me that "Good Christian Bitches"...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...will portray them as anything but that. Oh, you silly ABC! Trying to cash in on that over-saturated Jersey Shore market, you've done it again!

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    unless they can retoll the show and get a ratings boost

    by john

    its dead, and will not be brought back matter what overseas sales bring the show could be retooled, but they will need a show runner (not the guy they just brought on) who respects both the audience and the times

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    oops...meant retool

    by john

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Don't worry, plonomo

    by gotilk

    The show will portray them as *misunderstood* and wrongly lumped in with extremists. And you do know that using the term *libtard* is more a way to label yourself than anything, right? And for your information, the main character in the book is VERY christian... and portrayed as the hero of the story, the good one. just wow. Just when I've assumed I have read the dumbest shit here, someone comes along and surprises me again. You're welcome.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Too bad. I didn't hate Pan Am.

    by Royston Lodge

    Not the best show on tv, but better than most of the shit this season.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Plus, I love the redhead.

    by Royston Lodge

    She's hotter than the surface of the Sun.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Saw one episode of Man Up and I thought it was funny.

    by BilboRing

    Episode with the original Star Wars beta max getting ruined/stolen. I cracked up the entire episode. Oh well.

  • she spends a portion of that film in a bikini. Plus, it's a pretty good movie (despite the lack of giant robots and explosions).

  • Henry Simmons would return; glad he did - funniest character on the show. Also liked Pan Am. I think too many people wrote it off as a poor man's Mad Men without ever watching it.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    royston lodge, she is a blonde in Dreamland

    by jim

    but still looks plenty hot. Haven't seen Lars & The Real Girl, but maybe it's not the hair colour but the hair style that makes the difference.