Although originally scheduled to return to the air on Mar. 30, Standoff's comeback has been pushed back to Apr. 6. That means that throughout the month of March, House reruns will be the lead-in for freshman series The Wedding Bells, which bows Mar. 7. NBC's guessing game Identity returns to the lineup on Mar. 16 at 9 pm/ET (following the season finale of 1 vs 100). Thereafter, Identity will air (is anyone still reading?) on Fridays at 8.
Perhaps never having tried to sit through any 10 minutes of ABC's Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, NBC has ordered six episodes of Thank God You're Here, an improv-comedy series from the producers of American Idol (which is, in its own way, an improv-comedy series). In Living Color alum David Alan Grier will host each hour, with grown-up Kid in the Hall Dave Foley deciding which guest celebrity performs best under a variety of wacky conditions. In other Peacock news, the network has also picked up Identity as a regular series, which means I cannot watch it more frequently.
Question: I was wondering if NBC was going to bring back Identity. I was a huge fan of the show. I know it was only supposed to run a week, but Deal or No Deal was also only supposed to run a week. Do you think we will see it again?
Answer: Haven't heard anything. Maybe NBC will address the matter when it holds its TCA press sessions next Wednesday, Jan. 17. Identity didn't explode out of the gate the way Deal or No Deal did during its tryout run the year before, but given NBC's stated intention of filling the early hours of prime time with inexpensive reality and game franchises, the network might need it. Personally, I find all of this a very depressing development. I'm hardly a fan of Deal, but compared to the truly insipid Identity (I could barely last through a single episode of it, it was so mindless), Deal is a masterpiece ...