NBC Will Program Only 1 Hour of Comedy in the Fall for First Time Since 1978

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NBC will program only 1 hour of comedy in the fall for the first time since 1978
The Peacock has been struggling with comedy shows in recent years, so it has opted for a fall lineup that emphasizes dramas. Undateable, the only comedy from this season returning next year will join Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s People Are Talking on Friday nights, forming the only comedy block.

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Variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris will take over the Tuesday at 10 pm timeslot, while Undateable and People are Talking will form NBC’s lone one hour of comedy. But NBC is quick to point out that “the fall lineup gives you only half the story,” with more comedies joining the midseason lineup. PLUS: Watch sneak previews of The Player, People Are Talking, Heartbreaker and Blindspot.

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