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CBS Delays Jane Lynch’s ‘Angel From Hell’ ‘Til Midseason; Swaps with ‘2 Broke Girls’

In a surprising and last-minute turn of events, CBS has opted to hold Jane Lynch’s “Angel From Hell” until midseason, Variety has learned. The new sitcom will now premiere in February.

The single-camera comedy will be replaced on the fall schedule by the long-running “2 Broke Girls,” which will bow with its fifth season during the 9:30 p.m. time slot on Nov. 12. The long-running laffer, which just went into syndication, was previously set for a midseason season five debut.

The schedule change comes after “Angel From Hell” had already been heavily marketed with launch-driven promo materials all around town.

The series was scheduled to premiere after the network’s coverage of “Thursday Night Football,” which wraps Oct. 29. By holding “Angel” until February, CBS will be able to promote the comedy during the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

“Angel From Hell,” created by Tad Quill, centers around an unlikely friendship formed when a larger-than-life, nutty woman, Amy (Lynch), claims to be the guardian angel of another woman, Allison (Maggie Lawson), who can’t decide if Amy’s actually an angel or if she’s just plain crazy.

The rest of CBS’s largely comedy-dominated Thursday night lineup remains the same with “Big Bang Theory” moving into its regular 8 p.m. time slot, followed by “Life in Pieces” at 8:30, “Mom” at 9 and “Elementary’s” fourth season bowing at 10 on Nov. 5. However, on that date, a repeat of “Big Bang” will fill the 9:30 p.m. slot, just for one week before “2 Broke Girls” premieres.

CBS has struggled to launch a successful single-camera comedy series, and “Life in Pieces” remains on the schedule, despite losing more than half of its “The Big Bang Theory” lead-in. The Thursday four-comedy lineup will now consist of three multi-cams plus “Life in Pieces.”

Veteran “Mike & Molly” and sophomore “The Odd Couple” remain on the bench, and are candidates to be paired with “Angel From Hell.”

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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