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NBC Shuffle

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 25, 2006

From today's announcements:

NBC will return the Emmy Award-nominated "Scrubs" and move freshman comedy "30 Rock" to Thursday nights beginning November 30 to form a new two-hour 8-10 p.m. (ET) comedy block with "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office." The change will follow a special super-sized night of comedy two weeks earlier on Thursday, November 16, with three 40-minute episodes of "My Name Is Earl," "The Office" and "30 Rock."

The announcements were made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"We are excited about the prospect of two-hours of top-notch comedy on Thursday nights, which includes the return of 'Scrubs,'" said Reilly. "We will stay on-brand with the best comedy block on television, which will position us for the future on the night."

Starting November 22, NBC will feature various specials on Wednesdays (8-9 p.m. ET), which will soon be announced.

Interesting things about the announcement: As has already pointed out, this seems to leave no place for ''Twenty Good Years.'' Also, even as one NBC exec was trashing the notion of scripted shows in the 8 p.m. hour, here comes the network with a new lineup including ... scripted shows in the 8 p.m. hour.

And I'm glad to see ''30 Rock'' keep getting a chance.

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