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Friday, December 02, 2005

NBC, Joey No Longer Friends

NBC finally admitting what viewers have known for over a year: Joey blows.

So they're blowing it off their Thursday schedule to make room for the up-and-coming comedy My Name Is Earl.

... a surprisingly bold move... but the right one...

In a desperate attempt to revive their terminal "Must See" lineup, the 'Cockers will slot in the quasi-hit Earl to thet 9 p.m. slot Its companion, the somewhat less successful The Office moves with it and follows at 9:30. The lame-duck Will and Grace moves to 8, followed by the new and sure to be unwatchable sitcom Four Kings.

... of course, NBC runs the risk of crushing Earl's momentum with this move... very risky... although creatively, can't argue that it doesn't deserve the high-profile timeslot...

Both Joey and Trump's The Apprentice will vanish for the moment. NBC says both shows will return after its Winter Olympics coverage. Timeslots are yet to be decided.

... and since Trump was just renewed for next year, his return is a much better bet than LeBlanc's...

Filling the Tuesday, 8pm void: a double dose of Scrubs.

... it figures... another chance for another excellent show that nobody watches... at least NBC has stuck with this brilliant sitcom, which recaptures the title of "Smartest TV Comedy" once Arrested Development finally goes into mothballs...

1 other geekspeak:

  • If I were NBC:

    1. I would make a deal with Warner Bros. (the producers of Joey and ER) that they can get Joey's Thursday slot back if a) They have Friends cast members reprise their roles b) They renegotiate their overpriced deal for ER. If that actually happens, which it won't, Joey would be renewed for a 3rd season, I'm sure.

    2. I would keep The Apprentice 5 off the schedule until the summer. There, The Apprentice would be the centerpiece of NBC's summer schedule, and not have to go up against Lost and / or American Idol. Plus, the time off would allow the bad feelings for the show to wear off and revitalize the franchise in time for the fall LA cycle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 PM  

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