NBC Flipping Wednesday Comedy Time Slots

Aug 31, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC is swapping time periods for its two new Wednesday comedies, “30 Rock” and “Twenty Good Years.” The single-camera “30 Rock,” from “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer Tina Fey, is now slotted to air a half-hour earlier at 8 p.m. (ET), while “Twenty” will be telecast at 8:30 p.m.

In addition, the series premiere of “Twenty Good Years,” which stars Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow, has been pushed back a week to Wednesday, Oct. 11.

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly made the announcement Thursday.

“We ultimately felt that this change creates better audience flow throughout the night, with ‘Twenty Good Years’ a more compatible lead-in to ‘The Biggest Loser’ at 9 p.m.,” Mr. Reilly said in a statement.

As part of NBC’s planned staggered fall series rollout, “Twenty” previously was scheduled to debut Wednesday, Oct. 4, with back-to-back episodes during the 8 p.m. block. Oct. 11 has always been the premiere date for “30 Rock.”

“30 Rock” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, JoAnn Alfano, Marci Klein and David Miner and is produced by the NBC Universal Television Studio. “Twenty Good Years” is produced by Werner-Gold-Miller and Marsh McCall Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Tom Werner, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller and Marsh McCall are executive producing.