Prime time may be getting some down time.
NBC is considering slashing its prime time lineup by an hour, meaning it may not be airing new episodes of its shows after 10 pm for much longer.
According to varietythe network may soon be relinquishing the late-night slot to local affiliate stations, a consideration that they’ve reportedly been toying with for the last decade.
Insider sources told the publication that, if the network were to go through with the move, it wouldn’t be as a cost-cutting measure or lead to less programming. Instead, NBC is looking to “best utilize the broadcast brand and relationship with affiliates vs. its streaming and cable options,” which may lead to some NBC series being slotted into different air times, rehomed on Peacock, or possibly even canceled.
“While NBC is the number one network, we are always looking at strategies to ensure that our broadcast business remains as strong as possible,” an NBC spokesperson issued in a statement to variety on Friday, Aug. 26. “As a company, our advantage lies in our ability to provide audiences with the content they love across broadcast, cable and streaming.”
As of now, QuantumLeap, New Amsterdam, Chicago P.D.and Law & Order: Organized Crime preparing to air in the last prime time slot of the day. variety reports that, if the network does decide to cut the 10 pm slot, it won’t go into effect until at least the fall of 2023, so everything you’re gearing up to watch this fall is safe—for now.
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