NBC Adds Third Thursday Night Comedy Hour; Unveils Midseason Prime-Time Schedule
30 Rock, Parks and Recreation
NBC is adding a third hour of comedy on Thursday nights, the network announced Monday.
The new lineup, which begins Jan. 20, will feature Community in its same slot at 8/7c, followed by the new comedy Perfect Couples, starring Olivia Munn and Kyle Bornheimer. The Office will remain at 9/8c, with Parks and Recreation returning at 9:30/8:30c. The new hour will kick off with 30 Rock, which was renewed Monday for the 2011-2012 season, and Outsourced following.
(About 30 Rock being re-upped, Angela Bromstad, the network's prime-time boss, said: "It continues to be a bold, hilarious, sophisticated comedy that has become a classic in its own time.")
Other notable shifts include the new action series The Cape added to Mondays and leading in to Harry's Law. Law & Order: Los Angeles moves to Tuesdays at 10/9c beginning Feb. 8 and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit pushes back to 10/9c on Wednesdays.
The full midseason prime-time schedule breakdown:
8-9 p.m. — Chuck
9-10 p.m. — The Cape
10-11 p.m. — Harry's Law (beginning Jan. 17)
9-10 p.m. — The Event (returns on Feb. 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10-11 p.m. - Parenthood (in this slot as of March 7)
8-10 p.m. - The Biggest Loser: Couples
10-11 p.m. - Parenthood (beginning Jan. 4 for four episodes)
10-11 p.m. - Law & Order: Los Angeles
8-9 p.m. - Minute to Win It (beginning Jan. 4)
9-10 p.m. — Chase (beginning Jan. 12) ... America's Next Great Restaurant (beginning March 16)
10-11 p.m. — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Thursday (beginning Jan. 20)
8-8:30 p.m. — Community
8:30-9 p.m. — Perfect Couples
9-9:30 p.m. — The Office
9:30-10 p.m. — Parks and Recreation
10-10:30 p.m. — 30 Rock
10:30-11 p.m. — Outsourced
8-9 p.m. - Who Do You Think You Are? (beginning Jan. 21)
9-11 p.m. - Dateline NBC (beginning Jan. 7)
7-8 p.m. — Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. — The Marriage Ref (beginning March 6)
9-11 p.m. — The Celebrity Apprentice (beginning March 6)
What do you think of the lineup?