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NBC Shakes Up Its Midseason, Shelves Event Until Late February

NBC shook up its programming lineup today with the unveiling of a midseason schedule that brings back Parks and Recreation, moves 30 Rock to 10 p.m., introduces The Cape, and temporarily shelves The Event. Or, in the words of The New York Times: “NBC Scrambles Jets.” The network also renewed 30 Rock for another season.

We reported this morning that The Event was expected to relaunch in January, but the official word is that the struggling series will be replaced by The Cape from early January until the end of February. The superhero drama, about an honest cop framed for a series murders who dons a costumed identity to clear his name, will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9, before slipping into its regular time slot at 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 17. The Event will return on with a two-hour episode on Feb. 28 before resuming its regular schedule on March 7.

Much of NBC’s reshuffling appears aimed at strengthening its 10 p.m. hour, which has never bounced back from the Jay Leno debacle. The network is adding David E. Kelley’s legal drama Harry’s Law to Mondays beginning Jan. 17, replacing it with a relocated Parenthood on March 7. It will also move 30 Rock to 10 p.m. Thursdays, followed by the freshman comedy Outsourced.

You can see the complete midseason schedule below, with new series capitalized:

MONDAYS
8-9 p.m. – “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. – “THE CAPE” will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9 (9-11 p.m.). New episodes start in its regular time period on Jan. 17 (9-10 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. – “HARRY’S LAW’ (beginning Jan. 17)
9-10 p.m. – “The Event” (returns on February 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood” (debuts in this slot March 7 with all originals)

TUESDAYS
8-10 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (beginning Jan. 4)
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (beginning Jan. 4 for four episodes)
10-11 p.m. — “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (beginning Feb. 8)

WEDNESDAYS
8-9 p.m. — “Minute to Win It” (beginning January 5)
9-10 p.m. -“Chase” (beginning January 12)
10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (originals beginning Jan. 5 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)
9-10 p.m. – “AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT” (beginning March 16)

THURSDAYS (all 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”

FRIDAYS
8-9 p.m. — “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning Jan. 21)
9-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (beginning Jan. 7)

SUNDAYS
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)

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Comments

  • JTRobin

    Wow, its like what if NBC changed their line-up, and nobody cared??!!!???

  • Tomfitz1

    Hasn’t anybody ever learned from the Flashforward debacle?

    YOU DON’T SHELVE SERIES for more than 3 MONTHS!!!!

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I dunno, just really haven’t heard anyone talking about The Event–good or bad–at all since its debut.

    Not to get into the whole Jay vs. Conan mess, but it does seem like NBC truly blew it last season at 10 p.m. Even with it “resolve,” now, viewers seem to still change the channel at 10 p.m., but that could be the result of the other networks simply doing than NBC at that timeslot, IMO.