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More Scheduling Musical Chairs at NBC

NBC has once again altered its Thursday night comedy lineup, shifting freshman series Kath & Kim to an earlier hour.

Kath & Kim will now air on Thursdays at 8:30 pm ET/PT, shifting 30 Rock from its berth following My Name is Earl. This is the second move for the Molly Shannon/Selma Blair comedy, which was originally scheduled to air on Tuesdays between a 90-minute format of The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The Peacock's decision to swap Kath & Kim with 30 Rock (which will now air on Thursdays, following The Office) is allegedly due to the better compatibility between Kath & Kim and My Name is Earl (um, I could have told them that) than with the more subtle comedic charms of The Office.

I think that the move is a smart one, especially as The Office and 30 Rock are a much stronger one-hour block when combined across the 9 pm hour, though I am concerned about what will happen to 30 Rock once NBC launches its non-spinoff of The Office in February. Will it move back to 8:30 pm? Or will the new series from Greg Daniels and Mike Schur take over the timeslot vacated by Kath & Kim? Hmmm...

Kath & Kim is slated to launch on NBC on October 9th.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thank goodness they moved 30 Rock back to being after The Office. It's much more logical, as is having Kath & Kim after Earl. I just hope 30 Rock doesn't get shafted when they launch the Office "not-a-spinoff" spinoff.

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