Net may transplant two skeins to Sunday nights
The CW is mulling a major sked change, while Fox has unveiled a new post-baseball primetime lineup that makes changes on three nights of the week.
In other primetime programming news, CBS has given a full season order to soph drama “The Unit,” while things aren’t looking good for the Eye’s “Smith.” NBC is also insisting it’s sticking by “Kidnapped.”
At the CW, “7th Heaven” and new drama “Runaway” may soon shift to Sunday nights. Two skeins would be replaced on Mondays by the net’s current Sunday slate of laffers, including “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Girlfriends.”
Move makes sense, given that CW predecessor UPN did well with comedy on Monday nights for the past few seasons. What’s more, “7th Heaven” — which had remained solid on Mondays when it aired on the WB — has disappointed this season.
While it’s unlikely “Heaven” or “Runaway” will do much better on Sundays, the CW stands a good shot of improving its Monday numbers by airing laffers on the night.
A CW rep declined comment.
Over at Fox, net also isn’t talking for the record, but widely-circulated post-baseball sked has frosh drama “Vanished” vacating its Monday slot and shifting to 8 p.m. Fridays, starting Oct. 27. “Nanny 911” will return later in the season.
Replacing “Vanished” on Mondays: The new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Justice,” which Fox execs hope will get a boost from a solid “Prison Break” lead-in. “Justice” returns on its new night Oct. 23.
In order to fill the “Justice” slot on Wednesday, Fox is expected to turn to reality guru Mike Darnell, who’s brewing up several new unscripted skeins and quizzers.
Net still intends to return “‘Til Death” and “Happy Hour” on Thursdays.
NBC, meanwhile, may decide to shift frosh drama “Kidnapped” to a new slot after seeing the numbers for Wednesday’s episode of the serialized skein. Network isn’t talking, but insiders confirm that the show’s producers have been asked to wrap up the season one storyline in 13 episodes rather than continue on for a full 22-seg season.
Peacock brass, not wanting to burn the several million viewers who have been tuning in to “Kidnapped,” are said to be committed to airing all 13 episodes of the show at some point this season or during the summer. Network insiders insist no decisions have been made about another cycle of the series, and add that there’s always been the possibility of wrapping up the show’s first case in 13 segs.
Should NBC decide to pull “Kidnapped” from its Wednesday slot, either “Crossing Jordan” or “Medium” are contenders to fill the time period. Peacock will no doubt want to see how well ABC’s “The Nine” did in its premiere last night. 10/4/06
As for the Eye, net confirmed it’s ordered nine more episodes of 20th Century Fox TV’s “The Unit.” Skein has been a solid performer on the net’s Tuesday sked.
Not doing as well on Tuesday for CBS: “Smith,” which airs at 10 p.m. Eye may be mulling a change to that timeslot following three weeks of disappointing Nielsen ratings.