It just isn’t the week (or maybe season) for some sitcoms. With the recent umpteen changes for “Up All Night” and a few cancellations this season, ABC made an announcement late late Wednesday night that they plan to push Happy Endings to Friday. This comes soon after Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 was canned and soon after ABC announced plans to air episodes of the sitcoms on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Beginning in March, the Alphabet Net will air back to back episodes of Happy Endings at 8/7c, once Last Man Standing and Malibu Country have concluded their seasons. ABC Tuesdays will now include Celebrity Wife Swap, The Taste, and Body of Proof. This new line up kicks off February 26 at 8/7c on ABC. Happy Endings will return March 29.
In more TV news, The Jeff Probst Show was cancelled on Wednesday, just hours before the latest Survivor season premiered. The studio said that they
“believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year.”
Probst didn’t have much more to say other than he was “super bummed.” E! has cancelled the Whitney Cummings talk show, as well. Not a good week for talk shows.
In more upbeat casting news, prepare yourself for a Home Improvement reunion and Jonathan Taylor Thomas has booked a gig to reunite with Tim Allen on Last Man Standing. JTT will play the manage of a high-end restaurant where Kristin is looking to work. Also announced today, the Daytime Emmys, whose nominations will be revealed May 1 will honor Monty Hall and Bob Stewart with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Aside from all of the excitement around our 40th anniversary,” said National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Malachy Wienges, “we are honoring two giants in gameshow history. … The high-water mark these two pioneers have made in daytime television is unparalleled.”
Finally, Fox announced that Idol Across America will commence in March and feature the Idol mic as it makes its way from NYC to LA, beginning March 1. The mic will travel via a relay featuring fans, volunteers, show alum and more. The mic is set to arrive in LA before the Top 10 performance show, since you can’t sing without it, right? Check out the tour stops along the way below, where you can go and see the microphone itself!
New York, NY Friday, March 1
Boston, MA Saturday, March 2
Philadelphia, PA Sunday, March 3
Washington D.C. Monday, March 4
Atlanta, GA Tuesday, March 5
Nashville, TN Wednesday, March 6
Detroit, MI Thursday, March 7
Chicago, IL Friday, March 8
Oklahoma City, OK Saturday, March 9
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Sunday, March 10
Phoenix, AZ Monday, March 11
Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, March 12
Los Angeles, CA Wednesday, March 13