NBC's New Year Lineup: A Welcome Change or Just Confusing?

Are you a fan of NBC's Parenthood? Do you always make time for 30 Rock? Then you're going to want to read this: Starting in January, the network is moving several of its hit series around the scheduling grid. Of course, wherever your favorite shows land, your DVR will track them down. But if you prefer the old school approach to TV viewing -- watching a show when it's actually on -- then you may need to adjust your own couch time.

The schedule for the new year changes up the Thursday night lineup and stretches it to three hours (from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.). When it all unfolds, 30 Rock will end up at 10 p.m., with a brand new show, Perfect Couples (more on that later), in its old 8:30 time slot. Parenthood is remaining at 10 p.m. -- but switching to Monday nights. Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Chase are also moving around on the schedule.

And there are some semi-promising new shows, too: The Cape (Mondays, 9 p.m.) is a thriller about a cop/superhero (David Lyons); Harry's Law (Mondays, 10 p.m.) is a quirky legal drama with a loopy lead lawyer (Kathy Bates); and Perfect Couples (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.) is a romantic comedy about three… you guessed it, young couples. 

Networks get complaints when they move shows around, but lots of this shuffling makes sense. The three-hour comedy block on Thursday is a novel approach to the dilemma of fitting great shows into their "must-see" TV night. Every show wants a Thursday night slot; now there's more room to give it to them. As for the other switches, shows like Law & Order and Parenthood tend to have loyal viewers, or at least ones with a DVR. Chances are, moving timeslots won't hurt a bit.

Here's the full lineup, starting in the new year:


8-9 p.m. ET - Chuck

9-10 p.m. – The Cape will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9 (9-11 p.m.). New episodes start in its regular time period on Jan. 17 (9-10 p.m.)

10-11 p.m. Harry's Law (Jan. 17)

9-10 p.m. - The Event (returns on Feb. 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)

10-11 p.m. -- Parenthood (debuts in this slot March 7)


8-10 p.m. -- The Biggest Loser: Couples (beginning Jan. 4)

10-11 p.m. - Parenthood (beginning Jan. 4 for four episodes before switching to Monday)

10-11 p.m. -- Law & Order: Los Angeles (beginning Feb. 8)


8-9 p.m. -- Minute to Win It (beginning Jan. 5)

9-10 p.m. –Chase (beginning Jan. 12)

10-11 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (beginning Jan. 5 with a two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)

9-10 p.m. - America's Next Great Restaurant (beginning March 16)

THURSDAYS (all beginning Jan. 20)

8-8:30 p.m. - Community

8:30-9 p.m. - Perfect Couples

9-9:30 p.m. - The Office

9:30-10 p.m. - Parks and Recreation

10-10:30 p.m. - 30 Rock

10:30-11 p.m. - Outsourced


8-9 p.m. -- Who Do You Think You Are? (beginning Jan. 21)

9-11 p.m. - Dateline NBC (beginning Jan. 7)


7-8 p.m. - Dateline NBC 8-9 p.m. - The Marriage Ref (beginning March 6)

9-11 p.m. - The Celebrity Apprentice (beginning March 6)

Do you think this reshuffling will hurt NBC's shows or help them? Chime in below!

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