THE GOOD: After an eight month hiatus that effectively killed any momentum the show’s stellar second season might have generated, PARKS AND RECREATION finally has a return date as part of NBC’s rejiggered Thursday night lineup (January 20th). Also falling under the category of good, David E. Kelly’s legal drama HARRY’S LAW starring Kathy Bates arrives on January 17th at 10PM, while Summer Glau’s superhero starrer THE CAPE gets a two-hour launch on January 9th (9-11PM) before moving to its regular Monday night at 9PM timeslot on the 17th. Which brings us to…
THE BAD: Making room for THE CAPE on Monday night at 9PM will be THE EVENT, which will delay its inevitable cancelation (see: FLASHFORWARD) with a highly publicized relaunch on March 7th. Also relaunching on March 7 is the much-beloved albeit little watched family drama PARENTHOOD, which will be bumped from its Tuesday at 10PM slot starting on February 8th to make room for [Cue: Collective Groan in 3... 2... 1...] LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES.
THE UGLY: Is exactly how we’d characterize NBC’s Sunday night starting March 6, which will attempt to pass off three — no, you’re reading that correctly — 3 (!) hours of reality television (THE MARRIAGE REF coupled with two hours of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE) in a crime against primetime! Worse still, the mysterious disappearance of UGLY BETTY alum Becki Newton’s LOVE BITES and Paul Reiser’s self-titled sitcom, both of which have been conspicuously left off NBC’s midseason schedule which we’ve posted below courtesy of The Live Feed.
9PM: THE CAPE will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m.). New episodes start in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m.) // THE EVENT (returns on February 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10PM: HARRY’S LAW (beginning January 17) // PARENTHOOD (debuts in this slot March 7 with all originals)
8PM: THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES (beginning January 4)
10: PARENTHOOD (beginning January 4 for four episodes) // LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (beginning February 8)
8PM: MINUTE TO WIN IT (beginning January 5)
9PM: CHASE (beginning January 12) // AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT (beginning March 16)
10PM: LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (originals beginning January 5 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)?
THURSDAYS (all beginning January 20)
8:30PM: PERFECT COUPLES
9PM: THE OFFICE
9:30PM: PARKS AND RECREATION
10PM: 30 ROCK
8PM: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (beginning January 21)
9PM: DATELINE NBC (beginning January 7)
7PM: DATELINE NBC
8PM: THE MARRIAGE REF (beginning March 6)
9PM: THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (beginning March 6)
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