Comedy is back at NBC.
The latest shows going to series from the network -- a DC comics workplace comedy Powerless, legal comedy Trial & Errorand Mike Schur's The Good Place -- suggest NBC may be looking to reclaim its sitcom dominance after scrapping its iconic Thursday comedy block last spring.
For decades, NBC built a reputation of housing some of the best comedies on TV including The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, FriendsandThe Office-- all of which were Thursday night hits. However, Shonda Rhimes' "Thank-God-It's-Thursday" on ABC, as well as Thursday Night Football on CBS put new comedies in a squeeze for ratings last year. After A to Z got the axe last spring, NBC Thursday night comedy fizzled out.
Freshman comedies Superstore and The Carmichael Show, both of which got second seasons this year, suggest there's still room for sitcoms at the network though. As of now NBC already has enough comedies renewed or picked up to series to rebuild a two-hour comedy block again. According to Variety, there's still a Marlon Wayans sitcom, Marlon,and Stockard Channing starrer Me and Mean Margaret with the potential to find a home at NBC as well. If they make the cut, the network will at least double its comedy orders over last year.
NBC's official fall schedule is expected to be revealed this weekend, but even if the network is rebuilding the comedy block it will be unlikely to resume on Thursdays. NBC has a Thursday Night Football deal with the NFL for the fall, and putting its comedies up against ABC's powerful Shondaland lineup wouldn't be wise. However, the network could shuffle its Chicago trilogy to one night to make room for a comedy set-up on Tuesday or Wednesday -- putting it in more affable competition with the FOX or ABC sitcom blocks.
Are you ready to see a comedy block back on NBC?