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ABC finally sets ‘Challenged’

Alyssa Milano starrer gets preem date after year

Nearly a year after ABC greenlit the series, Alyssa Milano starrer “Romantically Challenged” finally has an official premiere date confirmed by the network: April 12 at 9:30 p.m., following “Dancing With the Stars.”

Series, which co-stars Kyle Bornheimer, Josh Lawson and Kelly Stables, has been in the waiting room long enough that it has already completed shooting on its first season of six episodes.

ABC has had a vacancy in its Wednesday comedy block since the cancellation of Kelsey Grammer’s “Hank” early in the 2009-10 season, but the more adult tone of “Challenged” has been seen as a better fit for a post-9 p.m. slot — currently occupied on Wednesdays by “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town.”

The 9:30 p.m. Monday placement will pit “Challenged” against CBS sitcom hit “The Big Bang Theory,” but ABC is hoping that, buoyed by the “Dancing” lead-in, “Challenged” can carve out its own audience.

Milano plays a lawyer/mother recently divorced after 15 years of marriage. Stables plays her wild sister, Bornheimer her longtime, soft-hearted best friend and Lawson his roommate (a struggling novelist).

Ricky Blitt (“Family Guy”) created the series and exec produces with director Jim Burrows.

In other scheduling news, Fox’s midseason premiere of “Glee” after its winter hiatus would begin at 9:28 p.m. April 13. The odd start time is designed to help “Glee” retain more of its “American Idol” lead-in.

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