- Even though I'm sad we'll be waiting till midseason for new Parks & Rec, I think it's a good thing, less for P&R than for The Office. A number of writers from Office left to go help P&R, and it's shown in the shows' respective qualities this year. The scheduling may allow some folks to write for both shows, which will help The Office, which has had an off season this year (at least from a bringing-the-funny perspective).
- I like the pairing of 30 Rock and Community, the two more reference-heavy, manic, and cartoonish shows on NBC's Thursday lineup--it's far more compatible than Community-Parks and Rec.
- Launching J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers Wednesdays at 8 is definitely a competitive move--that's a wide open slot right now, and Wednesdays generally are a pretty open night. (The choice to slot SVU at 9 is less explicable, and putting the thus far uncast LOLA in the Wednesday at 10 in the slot that the Mothership held for 16 of its 20 seasons may not endear fans of the original show to this spinoff.)
- The gutsiest move? Launching Jimmy Smits drama Outlaw (about a SCOTUS justice who quits the bench in order to create a practice to "help the little guy") on a Friday night. For the past few years, networks have largely written off Friday and Saturday nights, opting to use it as burnoff territory, for programming that they know has an exceedingly limited audience (Dollhouse), or old-skewing stuff. However, remember that CSI launched on Friday, and Friday-Saturday have been home to big hits like ABC's TGIF lineup in the 90s. I think this is less NBC playing a weird game than it is an effort (perhaps a misguided one) to say that they're interested in competing in every timeslot on every night.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
PEACOCKING: After last year's debacle known as The Jay Leno Show, NBC inarguably had the most rebuilding to do, and their primetime schedule for next fall shows it. More than half of the lineup is either new shows or shows with new timeslots (though the David E. Kelley drama with Kathy Bates as a "renegade patent lawyer" is being held for midseason). Dan Fienberg has some thoughts--a few of mine:
Posted by Matt at 3:59 PM