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NBC Sets Midseason Schedule, ‘Marry Me,’ ‘About a Boy’ Benched

NBC is making a dramatic change to its midseason schedule. The net will launch a Thursday drama block, with “The Blacklist” anchoring the night in its new 9 p.m. slot beginning on Feb. 5, after an airing following the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

The Blacklist” will serve as a lead-in for new spy drama “Allegiance,” which will air at 10 p.m. starting on Feb. 5, with eight-episode event series “The Slap” taking the 8 p.m. slot beginning Feb. 12.

The Night Shift,” which originally aired on last summer’s schedule, will return to NBC on Monday, Feb. 23, following the season premiere of “The Voice.”

“The Super Bowl gives us a great opportunity on a promotional level to reset the table for midseason,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “‘The Blacklist,’ which will premiere with a new episode on Super Bowl Sunday and then move to Thursday nights later that week, is a big priority. That will give us the chance to create a first-class night of drama with the addition of both ‘Allegiance’ at 10 p.m. and our 8 p.m. event series ‘The Slap,’ which has an incredible cast and is a terrific way to start the night.”

Dramas “A.D.” and “Odyssey” will bow on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively.

Added NBC president Jennifer Salke, “On the comedy front, we have two strong multicam series with blue-chip producers that we are going to put behind ‘The Voice’ on Tuesdays in March — Bill Lawrence’s ‘Undateable,’ which was a nice success for us, and Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘One Big Happy.’”

NBC is putting comedies “Marry Me” and “About a Boy” on hold to launch the second season of “Undateable” and new comedy “One Big Happy” in the plum, post-“Voice” spot.

“Undateable” will air at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 17, leading into the premiere of “One Big Happy” at 9:30.

Both “Marry Me” and “About a Boy” will return later in the season.

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