NBC has released its Spring schedule, and by God, it may result in further ratings erosion for the network, but at least they’re not taking away either “Community” or “Parks and Recreation.” What’s the bold new plan, you ask? Extending the Thursday night comedy block another hour long.
Sadly, that also means that “Outsourced” will continue to air, but now at least it’s been pushed back to the more easy to ignore 10:30 time slot, right after “30 Rock,” which moves from 8:30 to 10:00 and will anchor the new 10:00 comedy block. Comedy has never really worked on a network at 10, but it does work on cable. I think NBC would’ve been better off moving “Community” to 10:30, following “30 Rock,” because “Community” fans are hardcore enough to watch it in any time slot, but I’ll take it. Even better, “Parks and Recreation” will return in the Spring with the cushy post “The Office” slot at 9:30, which will hopefully give the show some more eyeballs because, after a lackluster first season, the show picked up exponentially in the second and, on some weeks, was on par with “Community.”
A new sitcom, “Perfect Couples” moves into the 8:30 slot, following “Community.” The show “depicts the misadventures of three engaging couples as they struggle to find out what makes the ideal relationship - and how to maintain it through humorous trial and error.” I don’t know a lot about it, but the cast looks blandly attractive, which is hardly ever a good sign. But at 8:30, what the hell else am I going to watch while I’m waiting for another disappointing episode of “The Office.” Smart move, NBC.
Meanwhile, they’re also moving “Parenthood” from Tuesday nights to Monday nights in March, which is also a good move. It will have to compete with “Castle,” but that’s better than its current timeslot competitor, “The Good Wife.” Also, on Mondays, “The Event” will be pulled for a couple of months to air “The Cape” (see previous post). “The Chase” will also move to Wednesdays, along with a new reality show, “American’s Next Great Restaurant.” And “The Marriage Ref” sadly returns in March, now on Sunday night right before “Celebrity Apprentice.” Jesus, that Trump show keeps chugging along.
For the full NBC spring schedule, check out EW.