Seriously Smart?: NBC Schedules Third Hour Of Thursday Sitcoms

Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation' (NBC)

Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation' (NBC)

NBC is launching of a third hour of Thursday comedies, so as to solve a 10 o’clock problem its having on that night as well as make room for the return of the long-missing – and sorely missed – ‘Parks and Recreation.’

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‘Parks’ has been in production on its third season since last spring, when producers opted to get a jump on the new cycle of episodes before series star Amy Poehler went on maternity leave. As such, the show now has some 13 episodes already in the can – though not one has yet to see the light of day, since ‘Parks’ Season 3 premiere got bumped to midseason to make room for the new comedy ‘Outsourced.’

But now, NBC has decided on when to bring back the well-liked comedy and in doing so fix a problem time slot, Thursdays at 10, where a non-celeb version of ‘The Apprentice‘ has gotten thoroughly beaten up by ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Private Practice,’ hitting all-time ratings lows in the process.

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The three-hour comedy block, announced by NBC on Monday as part of a larger schedule revamp, keeps ‘Community‘ in the lead-off spot, followed by the new rom-com series, ‘Perfect Couples.’ ‘The Office‘ stays put at 9, leading into ‘Parks and Rec’ at 8:30.

Emmy fave ‘30 Rock‘ – which has been picked up for another season – kicks off the new 10 o’clock comedy block, and ‘Outsourced’ closes out the night.

The bold move to a third straight hour of comedies is not unprecedented (NBC tried it before in 1990, on Saturday night), plus it offers an actual alternative to the dramas playing on CBS and ABC.

What do you think of NBC’s idea to run back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back comedies? Whatever it takes to get ‘Parks and Rec’ off the bench sooner rather than any later?

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