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"Studio 60," "Black Donnellys"

By admin Published: February 13, 2007

Pondering an NBC schedule change, after the jump ...

I haven't gotten through last night's "Studio 60" yet. Ten minutes in, I decided I needed sleep more. Maybe the 10 minutes was more than many viewers have given it, since NBC gave the Aaron Sorkin drama a more abrupt hiatus than was at first planned. Here's the announcement:

NBC's new mid-season drama "The Black Donnellys" will premiere on Monday, February 26 (10-11 p.m. ET) -- following the hit drama "Heroes" (9-10 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"The Black Donnellys" had previously been announced to debut on March 5. "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (currently Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET), will return to the schedule later this season on a date to be determined.

I guess it's time to look at the rest of the "Donnellys" review disc. I thought the pilot was interesting enough when I saw it last summer, although it felt like a more accessible version of "EZ Streets," a marvelous but short-lived show also from Paul Haggis. Of course, almost no one saw "EZ Streets." For the vast TV audience, any comparisons would be about as useful as noting parallels with "Berlin Alexanderplatz." (Fear not. I haven't seen that either.) But the disc with more episodes has been around for weeks, and somehow I just haven't gotten to it. But soon. And, obviously, sooner than I expected.

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