The new-season sked shuffles have begun.
ABC has decided to indefinitely delay the planned Oct. 17 bow of new laffer “Knights of Prosperity.” And with “The Class” struggling in its 8 p.m. Monday timeslot, CBS on Tuesday opted to give the skein some much-need protection by moving it to 8:30 p.m. Effective immediately, “The Class” switches timeslots with soph sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
Ironically, the Eye’s new Monday sked is the one the network unveiled to advertisers in May. Over the summer, CBS execs second-guessed themselves and shifted “The Class” to 8 p.m.
News was better for another Warner Bros. TV-produced Eye comedy, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” CBS on Tuesday picked up a full season of 22 episodes of the skein.
As for “Knights,” ABC said the show is being kept off the air to give it a better marketing push.
ABC has had to launch more new shows than any other network this fall, not leaving much time to hype “Knights.”
What’s more, the net may also want to continue giving “Help Me Help You” more time to benefit from a “Dancing With the Stars” lead-in. Delay of the “Knights” premiere means ABC will keep “Dancing” at 90 minutes for the foreseeable future.
(Denise Martin contributed to this report.)