ABC Sets Premiere Dates for Apt. 23 and Scandal, But Not Cougar Town

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It was ABC's turn to stand in front of the firing squad at the Television Critics Association press tour this morning, and the network used the opportunity to unveil some premiere dates. Except the network omitted one show you've been wondering about.

New comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, starring Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as the titular "B----," will premiere April 11 at 9:30pm after Modern Family. The show follows an innocent country girl (Dreama Walker) who moves to New York City and rooms with Ritter's street-wise, manipulative, and selfish con artist. James Van Der Beek plays a ridiculous version of himself. Now if only ABC could make that title easier to type.

Scandal, from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, will debut on April 5 right after Grey's Anatomy. The drama stars Kerry Washington as a top crisis management expert who can fix other people's problems but -- surprise! -- not her own. Henry Ian Cusick (Lost's Desmond) also stars, in case you need fodder for your Lost Actors: Where Are They Now? book.

With Scandal bumping Private Practice from its time slot to strengthen its launch, the Grey's Anatomy spin-off will get a four-week trial after Dancing With the Stars.

ABC refuses to commit to a comeback date for Cougar Town, which has been floating in the ether since the network announced its midseason schedule in November. ABC president Paul Lee at least gave some hint that the network hasn't completely forgotten about the show, saying it has a tentative return date of March. But with Apartment 23 taking over Happy Endings' slot (which used to be Cougar Town's) when that show ends, Cougar Town still has to find a new home. Could ABC be eying Work It's Tuesday-night time period for Cougar Town? And do Cougar Town fans want the show to air between Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and Celebrity Wife Swap?

Pretend you're an ABC scheduler for a second: Where would you air Cougar Town?

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