Massive budget cuts announced on Thursday by NBC will result in 700 company-wide layoffs - or five percent of its workforce - and a few scripted series airing during the 8 o'clock hour, but will
not impact fan faves
My Name Is Earl or
The Office, which currently call the family-friendly hour home.
As reported by Variety, NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, addressing reports that, starting next fall, NBC will strip 8 pm of all scripted shows, said at a Thursday function, "We are going to up our commitment to [reality/game-show programming]. We're going to play with the mix and shift some money away from scripted." But not at the expense or relocation of Earl and The Office. "You can't be exclusive with reality at 8," Reilly maintained. "It's not an absolute."