Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NBC Schedule Shakeups and Comcast Merger Approved

Today was a big day for news at NBC.

First off, the merger with Comcast (which is buying 51% of the company NBC Universal) was approved. Robert Greenblatt (the former Showtime chief) has a lot of work to do to try to turn around a network that has had a lot of problems in the past few years (basically since Friends went off the air). NBC right now is a last place network and everything they've tried over the past few years has failed. Although, in his blog, Alan Sepinwall did make a good point. We probably wouldn't have had multiple season of shows like Chuck, Parks and Recreation, or Community if the network hadn't been in the toilet. I guess we should be thankful for that.

And now that I think about it, the network that I watch the most shows on every week is NBC.

In NBC schedule shakeups: Parenthood will remain in the Tuesday at 10PM slot for the rest of the season and Law and Order: Los Angeles was taken out of it's timeslot with no reason given. Parenthood fans (like me) should take this as great news! The show now has a chance of sticking around! For fans of Law and Order: LA I'm not sure what this means. They've been undergoing major casting changes (Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, and Megan Boone are out, Alfred Molina moves to the detective postion, Terrence Howard becomes the DA and a new ADA is being cast) and I suspect this is just to give the people over at LOLA more time to implement these changes.

And the Marriage Ref was put on hiatus indefinitely, America's Next Greatest Restaurant is going to replace it in the Sunday timeslot.

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