“Then Came You” … and there you went.
Barely a week before the start of the fall season, ABC has decided to pull the 20th Century Fox romantic laffer from its fall lineup. The show, which had been skedded to air in the tough 8:30 p.m. Thursday timeslot, will resurface midseason, ABC said.
Insiders at ABC insisted the decision does not represent a lack of faith in the skein, but rather a desire to launch the show in a more favorable Tuesday or Wednesday timeslot later in the season. In addition, sources at Fox say the studio had been pushing for the delay.
In place of “You,” ABC will double-pump the Drew Carey-hosted gameshow “Whose Line is it Anyway?” from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Net plans to use a mix of repeat and original segs of the Warner Bros.-produced skein to fill the hour.
ABC has been running back-to-back episodes of “Line” during the summer, and the 8:30 p.m. half-hour has consistently built on the lead-in of the 8 p.m. “Line” by a solid 39% among adults 18-49.
“Then” is not the first fall entry to be pulled before its debut this season. UPN decided to delay “Secret Agent Man” until midseason. Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “Manchester Prep” and “Malcolm in the Middle” also won’t bow until late fall or early next year.