After shuffling around the schedule last week upon cancelling Welcome to the Family and Ironside, NBC will be making one more important change to the Thursday night line-up…benching Parks and Recreation until 2014.
But don’t panic! The hold is not necessarily a bad thing. While it means only four more episode of Parks will air this year, it means that more will air in the Spring half of the season. Two episodes of the comedy will air on November 14th, and two on November 21st – one of the 14th’s episodes is Halloween-themed.
Filling the timeslot will be episodes of The Voice, football games, and various specials including an SNL Halloween clip show, The Sing-Off, and The Sound of Music telecast starring Carrie Underwood.
Parks and Recreation is currently scheduled to return on January 9th.
The move seems to be an effort on NBC’s part to boost the ratings for Sean Saves the World…and The Michael J. Fox Show. Hayes’ comedy was just given a script order and Fox already has a full-season deal for his semi-autobiographical family sitcom.
So not to worry Parks fans. It doesn’t look like the move is because of Parks itself.