Peacock adding minutes to 'Grace,' 'Scrubs'
NBC is putting “supersized” sitcoms back on its sked.
Peacock will air longer-than-usual episodes of laffers “Will & Grace” and “Scrubs” next month, repeating a strategy first introduced last winter by NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker. The Feb. 5 episode of “Scrubs” will run about eight minutes longer than normal, while “Will & Grace” will expand by about four minutes on Feb. 7 to make room for guest star Matt Damon.
NBC will shorten the 10 p.m. edition of “Dateline” to accommodate the extra minutes of “Scrubs,” while the network schedule will run slightly past 11 p.m. to fit in the lengthened “Will & Grace.”
Zucker hatched the “supersize” plan in part to compete against CBS’ “Survivor.”
This year, however, it’s the producers who approached NBC about supersizing rather than the other way around. When scripts came in long, they asked NBC brass if the net could handle a few extra minutes of footage.
“The episodes turned out great, and there was no real extra work for anyone,” Zucker said. “It’s a great development that they know that we’re open to things like this.”