November 16th, 2010
06:19 PM ET
Some big changes were made at NBC on Monday, including television chairman Jeff Gaspin (who also had a hand in managing the various changes on the network's late night programming) announcing he will leave the company, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Along with that, the network announced some changes in the midseason schedule, foremost among them a risky expansion of their Thursday night comedy block into a third hour, following disappointing ratings for the relaunched non-celebrity "Apprentice." (The last network to try that was ABC in 1991, according to The L.A. Times.)
This includes a move of the just-renewed "30 Rock" to 10 p.m. ET, the return of critical darling "Parks and Recreation" in the post-"Office" slot, and a new series, "Perfect Couples," co-starring "The Daily Show's" Olivia Munn.
"Parenthood" will bounce from Tuesdays to Mondays in March, and "The Marriage Ref" and "Celebrity Apprentice" will be back on Sundays in March.
In fact, one of the few series staying put is "Chuck" on Monday nights at 8. It says a lot that a show that was on the verge of cancellation the last few years is now a mainstay of the schedule.
What do you think of all these changes? Can NBC's bad fortunes be reversed? And the question remains, would you watch a three-hour comedy block? Share your thoughts below.
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