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Shakeup in NBC's Thursday night lineup

By Lombardo David
Friday, October 18, 2013

"Parks and Recreation" and "Community" are coming back together again.

The shows are being reunited with the cancellation of "Welcome to the Family," which didn't even survive long enough for its first Halloween episode, let alone the unplanned pregnancy that was the central premise of the show.








"Welcome to the Family" ... now please leave

I never loved "Community," although at its peak in its first season it was a unique and entertaining offering. It has never been consistently good, in fact it was mostly bad last season without creator Dan Harmon, but maybe his return to the show will increase its chances to catch lightning in a bottle more frequently.

The absence of "Welcome to the Family" will shake up the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. block for NBC, which will be filled with specials, repeats and a few hour-long runs of "Parks and Recreation." The new lineup should go into place in 2014.

The new lineup will not mean a huge boost in ratings, though, as both shows cater to a very niche audience and could be facing death after this season. In favor of another season for both shows is the fact that NBC has nothing else to compete with them for space.

NBC also announced its cancelling Blair Underwood's "Ironside" after four episodes. The remake, unlike Underwood's wheelchair bound detective, never really got rolling, with low ratings prompting its early death.

"Ironside" will be replaced on Wednesday nights for the rest of the year by episodes of "Dateline" and holiday-themed "Saturday Night Live" episodes.

None of this is good news for NBC, which only has one mildly successful scripted show, "Chicago Fire." It's big hits are Sunday Night Football and "The Voice."

Reportingl from the Associated Press was used for this story

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