NBC has unveiled its fall schedule (watch pilot videos here), and as you might expect from the company that brought you Jay Leno at 10 p.m., there are at least two horrible decisions. First, the increasingly brilliant “Parks and Recreation” has been bumped to midseason, even though a couple episodes are already completed due to a hurried production schedule caused by Amy Poehler’s pregnancy.
Pushing “Parks & Recreation” to one midseason was, [NBC entertainment president Angela] Bromstad said, was “one of the toughest decisions we had to make. Ultimately we wanted to get a new comedy on our schedule … it’s not in any way any indication that we don’t think it’s good. It seems on cable you can wait a year and actually create more anticipation for a series so we’re not losing momentum.” The executives added that the network may give “Parks” a run at 9:30 p.m. when it returns. [THR]
Even worse, as you may have gathered from the banner image, NBC picked up a “comedy” from Paul Reiser called “Next.” Which is an appropriate name, because it’s what I’m going to say every time I come across it while flipping channels. Paul Reiser is a black hole where laughter, smiles, and the memories of good times go to die. He stole Woody Allen’s bit, but forgot to take the wit. He can’t possibly fall into a cement mixer soon enough.