O.C. times two, Twenty axed

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Fox is doubling up on The O.C..

The show sputtered upon its fourth season return last Thursday, but the net is hoping it can slowly move it to a Wednesday night spot. The network will now run a new episode of The O.C. on Thursday at 9 p.m., then rerun the same episode the following Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Fox also cancelled the sitcom Happy Hour and the reality show Rich List.

The O.C. drew 3.4 million viewers when it came back for its season four premiere Thursday at 9 p.m., against ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS's CSI. Now, O.C. will also battle it out against equally tough competition from ABC's Lost and CBS's Criminal Minds.

Fox is hoping O.C. will flourish in its new space, at which point the network could move the show to Wednesday nights and put an all-comedy block on Thursdays.

NBC announced it is cutting the low-rated sitcom Twenty Good Years, which stars John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. The show has flopped in the ratings and routinely lost a large portion of its lead-in from fellow freshman comedy, 30 Rock, which itself is struggling.

Last week NBC announced 30 Rock will move to Thursdays, meeting up with My Name Is Earl, The Office, and the returning Scrubs to form an all-comedy Thursday night on NBC.

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