NBC makes changes to fall schedule

'Kath' airs Thursdays, 'Jobs' bows in Sept.

NBC is upgrading frosh laffer “Kath & Kim” to Thursday nights and moving reality competition “America’s Toughest Jobs” into the fall.

Shifts were among the tweaks announced Friday as the Peacock unveiled its fall premiere dates. NBC originally unveiled its fall sked in April but reserved the right to make changes after the other nets revealed their plans.

So far, the tweaks are few. Australian sitcom adaptation “Kath & Kim,” starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, will now air Thursdays at 9:30 starting Oct. 9. NBC had originally planned to air “The Office” repeats there, as well as several election-themed half-hour versions of “Saturday Night Live.”

Instead, “SNL’s Thursday Night Live” will now air on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16 and 23; “30 Rock” will move into that slot starting Oct. 30.

Also on Thursdays, “My Name Is Earl” and “The Office” return with one-hour episodes on Sept. 25, along with “ER.” Comedies slide back to half-hours the following week; NBC has no plans to repeat last year’s strategy of airing several one-hour “Office” segs in the fall.

Meanwhile, because “Kath & Kim” has moved out of Tuesday, “The Biggest Loser: Families,” which was originally set to air as a 90-minute show (to accommodate the comedy), will now run as a two-hour show. “Biggest Loser” bows after “America’s Got Talent” completes its run. Also on Tuesdays, “Law & Order: SVU” is back on Sept. 23 in its usual 10 p.m. slot.

As for the other major shift to NBC’s fall sked, “America’s Toughest Jobs” had originally been slated for summer 2009. Instead, reality skein — the first from NBC’s reality output deal with BermanBraun and Original’s Thom Beers — will bow with a two-hour seg on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m., and continue at 8 p.m. over the following five weeks. Show then moves to 9 p.m. starting Oct. 24.

Move means gamer “Deal or No Deal” will now air just once a week, instead of the originally planned two segs.

“America’s Toughest Jobs” takes a breather on Oct. 17 to make room for the two-hour premiere of drama “Crusoe,” which bows that night at 8 p.m. Friday’s other series, “Life,” moves into its 10 p.m. slot on Oct. 3.

Mondays kick off Sept. 22 with a “Heroes” clip show at 8 p.m. and a two-hour bow at 9. Sophomore skein “Chuck” returns the following week, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m., while newcomer “My Own Worst Enemy,” starring Christian Slater, rolls into its 10 p.m. slot.

Wednesdays are also back on premiere week, with newcomer “Knight Rider” bowing at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24, along with the return of “Lipstick Jungle,” which airs at 10. Gamer “Deal or No Deal” returns after the finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

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