NBC Is Cramming in the Comedies on Thursday

If you're a fan of NBC's brand of humor, be sure to cancel all of your Thursday-night appointments in early 2011. The network has revealed its midseason schedule (with solid dates to be announced) and answered the pesky question of what to do with all its sitcoms vying for the same time slots.

NBC will break network television molds with a three-hour comedy block on Thursdays, starting at 8pm with Community and ending at 11pm with the conclusion of new series Outsourced. The decision allows NBC to bring back Parks and Recreation (at 9:30pm) without kicking anyone out of the block party, while also throwing in a new show for good measure (the latest Friends copy, Perfect Couples at 8:30pm). This means 30 Rock slides to 10pm, but don't feel too bad for it. NBC has also given the Emmy-winning comedy an early sixth season renewal.

Will you stick around for three hours' worth of sitcoms, or will Thursday nights simply become even more of a DVR scheduling problem? Networks have largely avoided the 10pm hour for laughers, so the new schedule is a bit risky. But what does NBC have to lose at this point?

Also announced today were premiere details for superhero show The Cape: The show will partner up with Chuck on Monday nights, airing a 2-hour pilot episode on Sunday, January 9) and settling into the 9pm time slot on January 17. This will bump The Event from TV for almost a month and a half; the show will return in late February.

And because you've been waiting on pins and needles for news of its return, The Marriage Ref will be back on March 6.

Check out NBC's midseason schedule below; it will go in effect in early 2011 (dates subject to change, new shows in CAPS).

MONDAYS
8-9pm—Chuck
9-10pm—THE CAPE (Premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 from 9-11pm. New episodes will air in the show's regular 9pm time slot beginning on January 17.)
10-11pm—HARRY’S LAW (Beginning January 17)
9-10pm—The Event (Returns on February 28 with a two-hour episode airing from 9-11pm; resumes its regular time slot on March 7.)
10-11pm—Parenthood (Debuts in this time slot on March 7.)

TUESDAYS
8-10pm—The Biggest Loser: Couples (Begins January 4)
10-11pm—Parenthood (Beginning January 4, for four episodes.)
10-11pm—Law & Order: Los Angeles (Beginning February 8)

WEDNESDAYS
8-9pm—Minute to Win It (Beginning January 5)
9-10pm—Chase (Beginning January 12)
10-11pm—Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (New episodes return January 5 with a two-hour episode from 9-11pm.)
9-10pm—AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT (Beginning March 16)

THURSDAYS (All beginning January 20)
8-8:30pm—Community
8:30-9pm—PERFECT COUPLES
9-9:30pm—The Office
9:30-10pm—Parks and Recreation
10-10:30pm—30 Rock
10:30-11pm—Outsourced

FRIDAYS
8-9pm—Who Do You Think You Are? (Beginning January 21)
9-11pm—Dateline NBC (Beginning January 7)

SUNDAYS
7-8pm—Dateline NBC
8-9pm—The Marriage Ref (Beginning March 6)
9-11pm—The Celebrity Apprentice (Beginning March 6)

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Thursday is the only good day. The rest of those shows I'm not a fan of. Nice try though.
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These schedule breaks and changes are probably why a lot of people end up, not returning to a show that they where watching. They may think that It has been cancelled, or moved to a different time or even day, eventually, interest is lost!
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This schedule doesn't make much sense to me. The Cape has an original order of 13 episodes, but with The Event returning February 28, that only gives the new show 8 episodes *including the two hour pilot, ep2 combo* makes no sense NBC. Guess they are going to interrupt the season and try to bring it back once The Event ends...? Risky scheduling from a network that is desperate to rebuild after ostracizing poor Conan and the Leno debacle.
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I wish Community had been between The Office and Parks and Recreation for the sake of ratings, but other than that I'm pretty happy with a day full of comedy, even if I only watch Community and 30 Rock out of those shows. Also really looking forwards to The Cape, and possibly Harry's Law, which for some reason sounds interesting to me. I think Chuck could benefit from being close to another superhero show.
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Sweet! Well, I'm happy, none of the shows I watch got canceled, and Parks is coming back!
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I like it. Finally NBC is starting to show some faith in its shows. No doubt things will get better after that other idiot at NBC was fired. Very happy for Community and Outsourced and looking forward to The Cape.
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wow Thursdays just got a whole lot better for me with parks, office and community =]
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Yay Parks is back! that Community and the Office and the only comedy shows I am watching on NBC
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cool, comedy thursdays
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I wouldn't mind a full night of comedies, but I don't like any of the returning / continuing shows and the new one doesn't interest me.

Looking at this schedule, I just realized that I only watch one show on NBC, Chuck. And that isn't even must see for me anymore.
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I hope the hicks who made "Mike and Molly" a ratings success don't find out Perfect Couples exists. The last, LAST thing I want is for NBC comedies to start copying CBS comedies!
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Comedies at the 10pm hour? bah
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I'll be watchin The Cape, The Event, Chase. :D
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Nope. I'll be watching the CW and CBS ( The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, and The Mentalist )
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Looking forward to the return of P&R, I'll be watching everything except Perfect Couples on Thursday night.
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Do I need to comment on this? Anyone?
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Does this mean the Paul Reiser Show's dead? I know it's strange but I was kinda looking forward to it.
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Thanx for the tip, note to self :STAY AWAY FROM NBC Thursday Nights!!
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I like it. A few season ago we were crying for more comedies. Now there is an overabundance. It's a good thing.
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NBC's commedy are the only ones worth watching (tbbt being the exception)
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