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I am – Hercules!! Lucky “Scrubs”! NBC finally puts it on "must see" Thursday nights, just in time to get crushed by America’s number-one show, “Grey’s Anatomy.” NBC’s new Thursday line-up, effective Nov. 30: 8:00 p.m. My Name Is Earl 8:30 p.m. The Office 9:00 p.m. Scrubs 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock 10:00 p.m. ER I gather the shitty sitcom with Tambor and Lithgow is done. Look! A press release!
NBC RE-MAKES TWO-HOUR COMEDY BLOCK ON THURSDAYS WITH RETURN OF ‘SCRUBS’ AND MOVE OF ‘30 ROCK’ TO JOIN ‘MY NAME IS EARL’ AND ‘THE OFFICE’ BEGINNING NOVEMBER 30 MOVE IS PRECEDED BY SPECIAL 'SUPER-SIZED' NIGHT OF COMEDY FEATURING 40-MINUTE EPISODES OF 'EARL,' 'THE OFFICE' AND '30 ROCK' ON NOVEMBER 16 BURBANK – October 25, 2006 – NBC will return the Emmy Award-nominated "Scrubs" and move freshman comedy "30 Rock" to Thursday nights beginning November 30 to form a new two-hour 8-10 p.m. (ET) comedy block with "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office." The change will follow a special super-sized night of comedy two weeks earlier on Thursday, November 16, with three 40-minute episodes of "My Name Is Earl," "The Office" and "30 Rock." The announcements were made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "We are excited about the prospect of two-hours of top-notch comedy on Thursday nights, which includes the return of 'Scrubs,'" said Reilly. "We will stay on-brand with the best comedy block on television, which will position us for the future on the night." Beginning November 30, NBC's Thursday-night lineup will be "My Name Is Earl" (8-8:30 p.m. ET); "The Office" (8:30-9 p.m. ET); "Scrubs" (9-9:30 p.m. ET); and "30 Rock" (9:30-10 p.m. ET). "ER" will continue at 10-11 p.m. (ET). Starting November 22, NBC will feature various specials on Wednesdays (8-9 p.m. ET), which will soon be announced. Winner of a prestigious Humanitas Prize and a People's Choice Award, and nominated for a Producer's Guild and two consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series Awards, "Scrubs" (now entering its sixth season) focuses on the strange experiences of J.D. (Zach Braff, "Last Kiss," "Garden State"), a medical resident, as he continues on his healing career in a surreal hospital, crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients - where humor and tragedy can collide at any time. Joining the rumpled J.D. at Sacred Heart Hospital are fellow residents Chris Turk (Donald Faison, "Remember the Titans," "Felicity") -- J.D.'s college buddy who is part of the elite surgical group -- and the beautiful, but socially awkward, Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke, "Roseanne"). Keeping a watchful eye over these young doctors are the caustic chief of medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins, "Courage Under Fire"), the abrasive, but caring, Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley, "Wall Street," "Platoon"), and Turk's wife and no-nonsense nurse, Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes, "Oz"). Neil Flynn ("Magnolia"), the hospital janitor, portrays J.D.'s nemesis, who never seems to miss an opportunity to arass his target. "Scrubs" is produced by Touchstone Television. Bill Lawrence ("Spin City") is the executive producer and creator. "30 Rock" is told through the comedic voice of Emmy winner Tina Fey (NBC's "Saturday Night Live") as Liz Lemon and features Alec Baldwin as the brash new network executive who has turned her show upside down with his meddling ways. Single Lemon is living every comedy writer's dream – head writer on a demanding, live TV program in New York City. Her life is jolted when executive Donaghy (Baldwin, "The Aviator") interferes with her show, and bullies Lemon into convincing Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan, NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "The Longest Yard"), a wild and unpredictable movie star, to join the cast. Tony winner Jane Krakowski also is featured as the star of "The Girlie Show." Also rounding out the cast in the half-hour comedy are Scott Adsit, Jack McBrayer and Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"). "30 Rock" is from Broadway Video and NBC Universal Television Studio. Executive producers are Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live"), Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live"), JoAnn Alfano ("Sons & Daughters"), Marci Klein ("Saturday Night Live") and David Miner ("The Tracy Morgan Show"). Created and written by Emmy-winning Greg Garcia ("Yes, Dear), "My Name Is Earl" is executive-produced by Garcia and Emmy-winning Marc Buckland ("Medical Investigation," "Ed") and Bobby Bowman ("Yes, Dear"). The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and Amigos de Garcia. Jason Lee stars in the title role. "The Office" – which earned the Emmy as Outstanding Comedy Series earlier this year -- is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Howard Klein. Golden Globe winner Steve Carell stars.






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  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Good...

    by Wungolioth

    I might actually watch them now.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    THE OFFICE is the best and most beautiful show on TV

    by JohnGalt06

    How many shows can make you bust a gut and break your heart? SCRUBS accomplishes that often, too and that is a solid hour of television. 30 ROCK is okay, MY NAME IS EARL is crap and I haven't watched ER in 30 years, so who knows...

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    SWEET

    by Logo Lou

    One two-hour block to record!

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Best. Sitcom. Lineup. Ever.

    by waggy

    'Nuff said.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Looks good, but...

    by theBigE

    I have got to get Tivo! Welcome back Scrubs! Still haven't seen 30 Rock yet, but it sounds good.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Shoulda tentpoled the Office...

    by howstone

    and moved it to 9:00 and put the two weaker comedies (Scrubs and 30 Rock) at the half-hours. Scrubs is one of my very favorite shows, and therefore it pains me to say that it is going to get bitch-slapped ratings-wise by Grey's and CSI.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Eaglet1138

    I might start watching TV on Thursdays now.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    This may be the first time...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    ...NBC has had a solid comedy lineup for the entire Thursday night. And Scrubs remains the little sitcom that could...

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "We will stay on-brand with the best comedy block...

    by Childe Roland

    ...on television, which will position us for the future on the night." What the fuck does that mean? I mean, really? I do corporate communications for a living now, so I know what it's SUPPOSED to mean (even though people are deluding themselves if they think spouting this kind of jargon makes them sound important), but we would NEVER put something like this in a press release. It's strictly the kind of space-filling bullshit you tell your boss at a meeting to make him think you're working harder than you are. Nice to see Scrubs back, though.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:36 p.m. CST

    30 Rock cancelled

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...I can't wait until I see that headline. F Tina Fey.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Excellent

    by Lando Griffin

    I've been waiting for this lineup for a while now. The DVR will be set on cruise control on Thursay nights now. And look fellow Scrubs lovers - this show has been moved around, stopped and restarted at so many different points that there is nothing to really worry about. NBC knows who its demo is in regards to Scrubs. Do any men watch Grey's? Barely. And the audience Grey's has gained has come at the expense of CSI not whatever NBC has been putting out at 9pm - whcih by the way was the slot Earl and Office were at last year whilst building there fanbase. NBC will finally be able to proclaim Must See Thursdays again! Although based upon the first two episodes of 30 Rock, they have a lot of catching up to do quality-wise when compared to The Office, Scrubs and to a lesser extent Earl.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Green Wing, what Scrubs could have been.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Scrubs sucks. Green Wing was what Scrubs could have been. It was a far better acted and funnier show. On the positive US tv didn't attempt to steal it as the did with the failed Coupling and Teachers. US Office can't compare with the bittersweet UK Office. Earl is excellent though. Then again I know people just like those on Earl.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    I worked for the Humanitas Prize.

    by Lenny Nero

    It's not nearly as prestigious as they make it out to be. That aside, this news is fine. Seeing that SCRUBS wasn't really planning on lasting past this season anyway (and if it does, Braff still says he will be leaving after this season), this is a great place for it to finish of the brilliant show that it is. And sorry, "20 Good Years," but you were just awful. Now, it's not necessarily done, but I can say goodbye to it much more easily than the other new sitcoms, those being "The Class," "Happy Hour," "Help Me Help You," "'Til Death" and "30 Rock, that I've caught.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Don't worry about Grey's. That will implode in

    by modlight

    another year or so.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Who cares if "Scrubs" gets killed in the ratings?

    by ZakChase

    NBC should have done this long ago. Scrubs is a big cult hit that its fans will watch no matter how many CSIs and overrated, soapy hospital shows are up against it. So why not bite the bullet, put it on in a timeslot you're getting killed in anyway, and offer up a nice bit of counterprogramming? Earl, Office, and Scrubs back-to-back-back will be comic bliss for those of us with taste.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Scrubs

    by BadMrWonka

    is amazing, consistently funny and touching for 6 years! c'mon people! this block is awesome. I haven't seen 30 Rock either, but My name is Earl is growing on me, the last couple of weeks have been pretty funny. bottom line is they couldn't have stacked Thursday any better unless they brought Seinfeld back.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    haha Cletus

    by wash

    Good one. You're oh-so-wrong about SCTV though.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Anyone else think The Office is getting too wacky?

    by Lance Rock

    With Dwight's power play, and Ryan's sales "initiation," and Michael's sugar rush, it just seems like they're abandoning character-driven episodes in favor of cheap, goofy laughs. The best stuff seems to be happening at Jim's new office, where the tone is spot on with the previous seasons.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Lando, you're right about Grey's Anatomy

    by Shivv

    I'm sure it makes it to #1 or #2 on a weekly basis with barely any men watching. Must be 30 million or so women tuning in every week. Oh, and I wish there were a better way to express sarcasm when typing.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    i'd actually all but given up on 30 rock...

    by waggy

    wasn't crazy about the first 2 episodes, but alongside scrubs and the office (both of which i adore) and earl which is a cute little show that always gets a couple laughs out of me, i'll defintely give the show extra time to grow on me. well played nbc.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Arested Development

    by Duty

    8:00 p.m. My Name Is Earl 8:30 p.m. Arested Development 9:00 p.m. The Office 9:30 p.m. Scrubs 10:00 p.m. ER LOOK HOW KICK ASS THAT LOOKS!!! THATS HOW YOU WIN!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    shivv

    by waggy

    how many men do you actually know who watch grey's anatomy? (by choice, not because their wives or girlfriends watch it). i don't know a single one, but nearly every girl i know watches it religiously

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    At last...

    by 100Proof

    A good hospital show on Thursdays at 9:00.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I was waiting for 30 Rock to get paired with The Office

    by DanielKurland

    It made tons of sense. And I'm glad 20 Good Years is assumedly gone. Really though, A line up of Scrubs, Office, Arrested Development, and I suppose, My Name is Earl, would have been amazing.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Waggy, I watch Grey's without any female help.

    by Lenny Nero

    In fact, my fiancee pretty much goes out of her way NOT to watch the show each week Thursdays at 9.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    NBC!

    by Duty

    whatever the cost! Go Buy Arested Develpment! FOX had no idea what to do with it! It's a HUGE univesity hit!... It's a fucking EMMY WINNER!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Waggy

    by Shivv

    I'd buy that argument if this were the 1960's and most people still only had 1 tv in their house. And for the record, I watch Grey's Anatomy by choice, and yes, I'm a straight guy. Its a great show, which I think people at AICN would realize if they weren't completely biased against it from the get-go. And seriously, I'm guessing most talkbackers watch Veronica Mars and watched Buffy, which while great shows aren't exactly "guy" shows. I'm just hoping my RSS feed will be able to grab Scrubs and have it ready to watch by the time Grey's goes off at 10.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Sorry. 30 Rock is fucking funny.

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    I think Tina Fey is better suited to longer format stuff. Seriously. Tonight's episode was funnier than shit. Suck it, Fey haytas.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    30 Rock is awesome

    by mthrndr

    Just give it some time, people. You'll come around, guaranteed. It has the same snarkiness of Arrested Development and Seinfeld. It's funny for exactly the reasons studio 60 isn't.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Tonight's 30 Rock

    by tylrdrdn

    Was actually really funny. Probably because it wasn't written by Fey. It had pacing. And character development! This show is starting look like a keeper.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Best lineup on TV!

    by LeFlambeur

    For me, NBC is actually the funniest network channel. Im so glad they are making more shows like Scrubs and the Office and less shows like Fraiser and Will & Grace. If only they would have picked up Arrested Development...

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I wanted to hate 30 Rock

    by INWOsuxRED

    but I saw some of it replayed on Bravo. Maybe it was just odd timing, but every time I saw Tracey Morgan on the show, it was funny. Tina Fey & Baldwin, not so much. Still, of the over-hyped SNL-esque behind-the-scenes shows NBC has, I am suprised to find this one the watchable one. I've been disapointed with the current season of Earl, but I still watch, and it is still better than most TV shows. The charm hasn't been there as much so far this season. I like that the Office is expanding its horizons and the new office (even though they will obviously be combined during the downsizing) is entertaining and adds new life to the show. I tend to think people who say the show is too wacky have never worked in an office environment before, or at least not in an office that was being run into the ground by a bunch of corporate morons. I could do without Scrubs unless they manage to get Tobias to show up like Zach is trying to do. I'd watch According to Jim if they got Tobias on it. Since Thursday is the night where movies are advertised, at least NBC has a niche that should be profitable, even if the ratings don't compare well with the competition's shit. These shows will probably also do really well on download sites, DVD, and syndication. I'm glad they're trying to build something substatial rather than throw in the hit of the week gameshow. Also, fuck FOX for the way they handled Arrested Development.</br>Unfortunatly, I think the lifecycle for Gray's probably has at least 2 or 3 decent years on it before the ground falls out from under it, and some good shows will probably fall to it.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I like 30 rock

    by zekmoe

    I don't know why. Maybe I secretly love Tina Fey. But her show I think shows the most potential to be the long term sit com champ. Like Cheers or Seinfeld. Mark my words, if it doesn't get prematurely cancelled, it will be on for 8 years.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Too bad this'll be Scrubs last season anyway

    by Freakemovie

    Zach Braff's contract ends at the end of the season and he'll almost certainly bail, NBC is basically sending it to Thursday to die--but luckily it works out for the best since it's paired up with The Office. Looks like everybody wins--Scrubs will have had a solid 6-year run. Smart move by NBC (although 30 Rock's ratings have been terrrrible so I have a feeling they're kind of using it as a placeholder for something else.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Good. No More TiVo-ing 30 ROCK...

    by Leto III

    ...when it's up against JERICHO on Wednesday nights. At least that clears that up. Maybe 30 ROCK will gain a better audience paired with THE OFFICE and EARL. (Still think Rashida Jones is one smokin' hot piece of ass...glad she's on a weekly show now. Screw Pam.)

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Thank God, My girl was trying to get me to watch Greys

    by Big Bad Clone

    Now I have an excuse to miss that crap. That last episode mention that check so many fucking times, I nearly lost my mind

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit. Nice Line Up!

    by DrTobiasFunke

    Scrubs is one of my favorite sitcoms right next to Seinfeld and My Name Is Earl. I'll have my ass parked in front of my tv for two straight hours starting Nov. 30th. Thanks NBC. :(

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Best line up ever!

    by ChorleyFM

    That comedy line up is damn great. Also ER has really improved this year with Stamos. Scrubs and 30 Rock are going to get crushed, but NBC are invested in the shows and they aren't expecting too much. 30 Rock is actually pretty good, everytime Fey and Krakowski are on screen the show falters badly, but Morgan (who I hated on SNL) and Baldwin are magnificent. Zach Braff says he is open to a 7th year. Finally Green Wing fucking sucks, a terrible show that thinks it is great.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    "I'll let you do stuff to me"

    by Flim Springfield

    I loved the end of tonight's 30 Rock. The show is showing promise.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Hey if you love Grey's thats fine

    by Lando Griffin

    we all have vaginal tendencies. But you do realize that it is in fact a chick show. As soon as you tune in you check your dick at the door.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 1:43 a.m. CST

    The Next Person..

    by zabbadoo

    ...that posts "http://tinyurl.com/wraah" in a forum wins a matching set of stab wounds to the taint.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    The Office is brillant.

    by DerLanghaarige

    <b>NOT!</b><br> The UK-version sucks, the US-Version sucks and the German version sucks! All hail to Scrubs!

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Grey's does seem to be self-destructing...

    by Photoman

    I was a big Grey's Anatomy fan. I still watch it, but anyone else find it just "meh" right now? This season has been pretty dead. But I love Katherine Heigl and would pretty much watch her reading the phone book. It's like Desperate Housewives. I loved the first season, then it QUICKLY went downhill from there. Second season was "meh"...and I don't even know what's happening anymore on it because I've stopped watching it. Thursdays are going to rock more now as I love Earl and The Office and I've been enjoying 30 Rock...but if Alec Baldwin were to leave, it wouldn't really interest me anymore as he totally makes that show.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Tonights 30 Roch

    by Droogie Alex

    I'd give it 4 stars. Funny from start to finish. I think it's found it's stride.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Katherine Heigl is indeed... absurdly hot.

    by Cool_Breeze

    But is that reason enough to watch a heavy-handed, angsty evening soap opera about hot-but-whiny young docters? To me? No. I wasn't into ER or Chicago Hope and I'm not into this either. But to each his (or her) own. And to those who brought up the idea of sliding Arrested Developement into an ultimate Thursday night line-up alongside My Name Is Earl, The Office, and Scrubs... Damn you all for teasing me with such beautiful lies. I know it's far too late to get the Arrested gang back together, even if NBC was so inclined, but how fuckin SWEEEET would that have been?!

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Iron Chef America is still better than all that crap.

    by Uncle Stan

    Morimoto will own your ass.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Scrubs is gonna get slaughtered

    by ahdvd

    No way it even has a chances in the ratings with the current thursdays lineup.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Hospital night

    by supertoyslast

    Scrubs, Grey's and ER. Now Fox just needs to put House on Thursdays. I don't know if people watch shows because of the setting, but I agree that Scrubs should be on after Earl to avoid a hospital comedy going up against a hospital drama. I guess that The Office is more important to NBC at this point.<P>Gotta wonder how long this lineup could last, even if successful, given that NBC want to put reality shows on at 8 in the future. Maybe they're just preparing to cancel Scrubs and 30 Rock.<P>It's ironic that this is almost the exact lineup that people here were suggesting a few months ago. With the exception that Arrested Development should be where 30 Rock is. Now that would have been sweet. Regardless, that's a solid 2 hours of good comedy without the crappy filler shows that would have been there in the past.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Comedy of 30 Rock

    by DaNewf

    I like the fact that the comedy on the "30 Rocks" Show within a show looks kinda hokey and crappy <p>Unlike Studio 60 who's comedy supposed to be changing the face of network television</p> Aplogize for the link just wondering how much html will a post eat. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS3mc6wtAbU">Promo</a>

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Great night

    by godzillasushi

    to bad it will get destroyed by that stupid GA show.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    It's a win - win - win

    by fabfive

    with a possible 4th win

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    If this is actually Scrubs' last year...

    by GenericGeek

    ...I'd watch a Janitor/The Todd spin off. Solid-freaking-gold.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Why does NBC hate SCRUBS?

    by Plum

    It mystifies me- here's a show that's had a steady cult for 5 seasons, in spite of lackluster promotion and multiple shifts in timeslot. Can't they at least give it the dignity of premiering in September like any other veteran show? The only upside of this, as far as I can see, is that it won't be competing with VERONICA MARS anymore- the latter show needs every viewer it can get, and HOUSE is more than enough competition.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Great lineup for NBC...but I actually watch Grey's.

    by minderbinder

    Sure, it's a total chick show, and it has no subtlety whatsoever, and it's a complete soap opera, and the main character is a whiney unlikable bitch, and worst of all it rips off many elements from scrubs (a much better show). But it's still entertaining in a guilty pleasure way. Some great cast members playing great characters, some genuinely funny bits, some twists didn't see coming. Not the best show on TV, but one I find worth watching. Too bad it will clobber Scrubs, but it's proably the last season for that anyway. As an example of how bad the Greys/Scrubs ripoffs have been, recently on Greys they've taking to having characters refer to George by the nickname "Bambi". Pisses me off every time I hear it.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    30 Rock Rocks

    by Saluki

    I was surprised, but it is a VERY worthwhile show. Count me in on the Tina bandwagon. Has zero pretension about itself. No love left for CSI around here? The original series will always be gold. Grey's? No thanks. I have a penis.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Weighing in on Gray's and men...

    by elkylos

    OK, I'm a straight guy and was convinced to watch Gray's and still catch it occasionally, strictly due to the hotness of Heigl... but honestly, it's so boring now I'll just wait for her to show up on the big screen. It's officially a soap in the worst sense of the word... cliched, recycled plots, everyone's a whore, etc.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST

    ... and furthermore...

    by elkylos

    I'm thrilled Scrubs is back. With all the recent syndication I predict it'll pull a much bigger share than anyone anticipates. NBC might be smarter than we think... though I would have put The Office at 9 as well.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Albuquerque Freak Out!

    by RosieLaRose

    30 Rock owns. If don't know, you better ask somebody. Or better yet, watch the show. The pilot was a little off, but week by week this has become a sure stop down on the Tivo.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Best Thursday Night NBC Sitcom Lineup...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...since my art school days, when every dorm room with a TV (on my floor, at least) was watching "Cosby," "Family Ties," "Cheers," and "Night Court." (We're talking '85'-87 here, so all 4 of those shows were still good at that point.) I agree that they should have tentpoled "Office" at 9:00, and relegated "Scrubs" to 8:30. Slightly better flow, there. But, what NBC has done is more than I would have expected, so I won't complain! Must-See TPE

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Grumpy, you went to the most uncool art school ever

    by Uncle Stan

    Cosby? Family Ties?! Must've been some kind of nerd-hive. Maybe Salt Lake City.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Boo Grey Yay Office

    by Homer Sexual

    I mean, I am totally gay and the only time I've been around Grey's Anatomy is when I visit my mom (She's super into it) and I always pass out from boredom. The Office, otoh, is friggin brilliant!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    30 Rock

    by Acerbic Norseman

    Watched it the other night and laughed my ass off. "In 5 years we will either work for him or be dead by his hand". Good show!

  • Oct. 27, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Scrubs=Best show on television

    by TheWacoKid

    period. No show makes me laugh harder. Now the only problem is that it is followed by one of the worst. I don't know why everyone likes 30 Rock. The only good part about it is Alec Baldwin, eveything else is awful.

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I have a question for the class

    by emeraldboy

    Nest week, south park will show its halloween episode. The scene which is set to spark a lot of outrage is the dinner party scene involving Satan and the recently deceased steve Irwin with the Sting ray tail barb still implanted in his chest. I cannot think of a reason why this should be even considered funny. the question should Comedy central pull this episode?

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    nbc stupidity

    by slkboxrman

    its really sad when NBC puts an hour of crap on at 8 and then leaves the only good show "scrubs" to get obliterated by "greys anatomy" ...are they trying to get it cancelled ??? scrubs is a farrrrrrrrrrrrrr, farrrrrrrrrrr , farrrrrrrrrrrrr superior show than that "earl" crap and "office" wasnt funny from day one.... its simply NBC kissing the major movie stars asses... who cares about steve carell....he peaked at 40yr old virgin, will be his one hit wonder , so to say....evan almighty is going to tank, big time...and the earl thing is jason lee, but i dont get that one....scrubs is the funniest show on nbc, if they just showed scrubs repeats all week long from 8pm to 11pm...i bet nbc's ratings will go up....but its very telling about NBC's intentions when they put scrubs up against greys, they want scrubs to fail....greys is fracking goliath... i wont be even able to DVR it, there are too many shows on thursdays..can only record 2 at a time...

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Uncle Stan

    by Jonas Grumpy

    The (commercial) art school in question was in Seattle, but the dorms themselves were on the campus of Seattle University, a Jesuit school. The dorm buildings there housed students from those two schools PLUS the nearby community college AND a local fine arts school. We were a rather eclectic mix, so I'd argue the "nerd-hive" thing. But, after 20-odd years of hindsight, I'll agree that we weren't nearly as cool as we thought we were at the time. Add to that the sad fact that there wasn't much else on TV in that era on that night of the week that was much better. Nobody had cable or satellite, so rabbit ears were the order of the day. VCRs were also in rare supply. Thursday night drinking didn't work well when classes started at 7:30 am on Fridays. Does that answer your question?

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    The actors on Grey's are

    by veritasses

    all very annoying. Esp. Sandra Oh and the title character who looks like she has both anorexia and bulimia. Though I give them credit for at least trying to make something good out of the low-grade scripts. It's too bad they're not talented enough to pull it off. I would love it if NBC wins the ratings war and kicks that show off the air.

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 4:30 a.m. CST

    US Office is OTT

    by barnaby jones

    It lacks the subtley of the Office UK. Not that its a bad show mind you, it just doesn't compare !

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I have to agree about earl

    by emeraldboy

    I live in Ireland and i have never really got what is funny about what about Earl. Americanised versions of british sitcoms dont work. The newest sitcome from the UK, stars the most irritating man on TV comic Lee Mack, god that show is abysmal. and the american actress in it, oh dear god, someone put this show out of its misery. Green Wing was a very a odd show indeed, but most people in the UK wathced it for TAMSIN GRIEG and sarah alexander, the 2nd most beautiful woman on UK tv after Lauren Laverne.

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    There are too many

    by emeraldboy

    medical shows on tv.

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    My Name is Earl is great

    by symphy

    But if you're from another country or the coasts of this one, I doubt you can "get" it. That isn't meant as a put-down -- it's the same reason middle America doesn't "get" Studio 60. Or why people who have never worked in a cubicled environment don't "get" the Office. Shows appeal to different, distinct audiences, and obviously there are way more Americans who can relate to "My Name is Earl" than "Studio 60", which is why it's higher in the ratings despite Studio 60's better writing and acting.

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Greys and Scrubs

    by rivvorz

    I had to laugh at how many men needed to prefix their comments about Grey's anatomy by stating clearly that they are heterosexual; who am I to buck a trend? I started watching Grey's at the behest of my, at the time, girlfriend who insisted that it was one of the best shows on TV. I wasn't that keen at first, but surely enough the show grew on me. (I happen to find Sandra Oh immensely attractive, which helps). The two-part episode in Season 2 (with the bomb) were excellent, I thought; however Season 3 seems to be a little lacklustre- plots are already becoming familiar and obviously circular- specifically the central Ross/Rachel will-they-won't-they? conundrum. That said, I continue to watch and I continue to enjoy, but in more of an habitual way than at first. I'd also add that I've missed Scrubs and was surprised to see it premiering so late in the year. This may wekk be the last Season, so I hope it is well written.

  • Oct. 29, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Symphy

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I may not "get" Earl, but I think it's pretty hi-friggin'-larious. Much like King of the Hill - which friends of mine from Texas claim is viewed as a documentary there. I may not get every single reference, but that doesn't keep me from enjoying it. What I DO fail to get is the popularity of Two and Half Men. Someone explain, please.

  • Oct. 30, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Grey's jumped the shark...

    by symphy

    ...when they had to remove that unexploded ammunition from the guy's chest. But I still watch. (Oh yeah -- I'm straight too!) :P

  • Oct. 30, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Grey's jumped the shark...

    by symphy

    ...when they had to remove that unexploded ammunition from the guy's chest. But I still watch. (Oh yeah -- I'm straight too!) :P

  • Oct. 30, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    In the UK last night

    by emeraldboy

    The royale family returned for a last time one off special. Did anyonefrom the UK see if so what did they think of it. a bit hit and miss, I thought. But the scene with dave reading mills and boon to nana was the highlight of the episode. He is my favourite character dave. Over on ITV Lord Bragg was interviewing Sue Townsend.

  • Oct. 30, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Eh

    by Itchy

    I hope Scrubs busts out this year ... it's been so good for so long. I just think it's hard for a sitcom to gain an audience this far into it's run, even if they finally made the right move with it. As for scheduling, The Office should be at 9 and Earl at 9:30. How Earl gets away with the "jokes" it makes at 8 pm, I'll never know ... nothing says family hour like blow job jokes and faggy subtexts.