The peacock is making some schedule shifts, hoping to recapture the glory of its Thursday comedy blocks of yore, when Seinfeld and Friends made the night "must see TV."
Beginning November 30, freshman comedy 30 Rock is moving from Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Medical sitcom Scrubs will return for its sixth season that same night, landing in the 9 p.m. slot. Rock had underwhelmed in its Wednesday berth, opposite the dominating Dancing With the Stars on ABC.
My Name Is Earl and The Office will both remain in their time-slots, from 8 to 9 p.m. The permanent schedule changes will follow one of NBC's patented "super-sized" comedy nights on Thursday, November 16, when episodes of Earl, Office, and 30 Rock will each be expanded to 40 minutes.
"We are excited about the prospect of two hours of top-notch comedy on Thursday nights, which includes the return of Scrubs," said Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment. "We will stay on-brand with the best comedy block on television, which will position us for the future on the night."
Twenty Good Years, the low-rated post-30 Rock John Lithgow/Jeffrey Tambor sitcom about wacky men enjoying their golden years, will leave the schedule following the November 8 episode. Its return is in question--although NBC has made no official comment and the show hasn't wrapped production, Years' premiere was the lowest-rated sitcom premiere for the network in 15 years.
After November 8, NBC will run specials on Wednesday nights until it figures out what to put there.