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‘OC’ sees new slot amid Fox sked shakeup

'Stacked' to return after Olympics, special 'Idol' b'casts

Fox is tweaking its Thursday sked again, shifting 3-year-old sudser “The OC” to 9 p.m. and pulling “Reunion” earlier than planned.

“The OC” will move into its later Thursday slot Jan. 12. It’ll be replaced from 8-9 p.m. with original and repeat segs of “That ’70s Show.” Latter skein had been slated to move to Thursdays at 9 p.m. in March.

Taking a two-month hiatus: struggling laffer “Stacked,” which Fox says will return in a new 8:30 p.m. Thursday slot March 16, after the Olympics and three weeks of special “Idol” broadcasts on Thursdays (Daily Variety, Dec. 20).

As for “Reunion,” skein had its final scheduled broadcast last week, about a month earlier than previously announced. Four more episodes of the low-rated serialized drama remain in the can but are unlikely to turn up before summer, if ever.

Fox also quietly benched critically hailed frosh laffer “Kitchen Confidential” last week, subbing repeats of “Arrested Development” Mondays at 8:30 p.m. Former skein has been canceled, while the latter is assumed to be all but dead at Fox.

Showtime and ABC have both talked with 20th Century Fox TV about picking up “Arrested” should Fox officially pull the plug on the Emmy-winning laffer (Daily Variety, Dec. 14).

In other TV tidbits, CBS has officially changed the name of Jenna Elfman’s midseason laffer to “Courting Alex.” Skein — previously known as “The Jenna Elfman Show” and “Everything I Know About Men” — bows Jan. 23 at 9:30 p.m.

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