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NBC Yanks 'Kings'; ABC Shortens 'Motherhood,' 'Samantha' Runs

NBC's "Kings" has been dethroned from its Saturday timeslot, while ABC is pulling "In the Motherhood" even sooner than planned.

NBC Tuesday said it was pulling the drama from its lineup, effective immediately. The network had recently moved the show from Sunday to Saturday nights at 8.

"Kings" is still set to finish out its run of original episodes, but not until June, long after the official season has ended. The show will return to Saturdays at 8 on June 13, airing its series finale on July 25.

Starting this week, NBC is slotting reruns of "Law & Order: SVU" in the 8 p.m. Saturday slot. As previously announced, same-week repeats of "Southland" will air in the 9 p.m. Saturday slot through May 23. Repeats of "Law & Order" will air Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at ABC, the network told affiliates Tuesday that this week's planned Thursday broadcasts of "Samantha Who?" and "In the Motherhood" are being scrapped in favor of a "Grey's Anatomy" repeat.

The network had planned to pull the comedies following this week's broadcasts. "Ugly Betty" is still slated to return to the 8 p.m. Thursday slot April 30.

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