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NBC Tweaks: ''Scrubs'' Back, Comedy Shakeup, Look for ''Book of Daniel''

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 1, 2005

In today's TV mailbag I have a reader question about ''Scrubs'' and its possible return. Didn't have an airdate for it then, but I do now, since NBC has announced mid-season plans, including the much-speculated-about move of ''My Name Is Earl'' from its Tuesday stronghold to Thursdays, and the benching of ''Joey.''


These are short-term fixes, since NBC will toss things aside to make room for Olympics coverage beginning Feb. 10, and we'll have to see how the lineup looks when the Olympics are done. But here's what the network plans for January and early February:


Monday -- A pat hand of ''Surface,'' ''Las Vegas'' and ''Medium.''


Tuesday -- ''Fear Factor'' at 8 p.m. (returning Dec. 6), with telecasts of ''Scrubs'' from 9 to 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 3. ''L&O: SVU'' stays at 10 p.m.


Wednesday -- ''E-Ring'' remains at 8 and ''L&O'' at 10. In between, ''The Biggest Loser: Special Edition,'' free-standing specials with the ''Biggest Loser'' theme, starting Jan. 4.


Thursday -- ''Will & Grace'' moves to 8 p.m., followed by new comedy ''Four Kings,'' then ''My Name Is Earl,'' ''The Office'' and old warhorse ''ER.'' The new comedy block begins Jan. 5.


Friday -- ''Most Outrageous TV Moments'' (now a weekly series) at 8, ''Dateline'' at 9 and ''The Book of Daniel,'' a new drama, at 10. ''Book of Daniel'' was one of the most intriguing pilots I saw last summer, and I'm eager to see how it works as a series -- and how audiences take to the physical presence of Jesus as a sounding board for the main character, a minister. It will get a two-hour premiere on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m., pre-empting ''Dateline'' that week, before settling in at 10 p.m. on Jan. 13.


Saturday -- Still movies, specials and reruns.


Sunday -- Still ''Dateline,'' ''West Wing,'' ''Criminal Intent,'' ''Crossing Jordan.''


And, as I did with Fox, here's a show-by-show rundown of things that are moving, getting benched or new to the schedule:


''The Apprentice'' -- benched until after the Olympics.


''The Apprentice: Martha Stewart'' -- finished for good once the current series ends.


''The Biggest Loser: Special Edition.'' Self-contained episodes on the ''Biggest Loser'' theme beginning  Jan. 4.


''Book of Daniel'' -- promising and unpredictable drama about a minister (Aidan Quinn), his family, his work and his personal relationship with Jesus. Two-hour premiere on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m., then regular episodes on Fridays at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 13.


''Fear Factor'' -- Returns on Dec. 6.


''Four Kings'' -- new comedy about four childhood friends, now adults, with Seth Green. Premieres Jan. 5.


''Joey'' -- benched until after the Olympics.


''My Name Is Earl'' -- moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 5.


''Most Outrageous TV Moments'' -- Specials become a weekly series on Jan. 6.


''The Office'' -- moves to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays as of Jan. 5.


''Scrubs'' -- back on Jan. 3, with two episodes per night.


''Will & Grace'' -- moves to 8 p.m. as of Jan. 5.


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