More about NBC's supposed plan to turn the 8 p.m. hour into a cheap reality zone, this with NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly quoted in Daily Variety:
Reilly also downplayed earlier statements by NBC U TV honcho Jeff Zucker that the net would get out of the scripted game altogether in the 8 p.m. hour. For one thing, that would mean moving "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" out of their Thursday night slots, which Reilly isn't prepared to do.
"You can't be exclusive with reality at 8," he told a crowd gathered in Beverly Hills at the Hollywood Radio and TV Society luncheon. "You have to be in the scripted business. It's not an absolute."