Damon Wayans Jr is heading to the Tuesday 9 PM slot after all. The actor starred in the pilot for Fox’s New Girl but had to pull out because his series in first position, ABC’s Happy Endings, was surprisingly renewed for a second season last May. Now he will face New Girl as ABC is slotting Happy Endings in the Thursday 9 PM slot this fall. ABC opening a 9-10 PM comedy block on Tuesday is surprising given the fact that the network last May said it would expand its new Last Man Standing-anchored Tuesday 8-9 PM comedy block to 10 PM in January with the younger-skewing Cougar Town and Don’t Trust The B—- in the 9 PM hour. But the network abandoned the idea, with ABC topper Paul Lee citing the strength of New Girl for the decision. Now the network is pitting Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B— against New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project.
And if that’s not enough, NBC too is opening a single-camera comedy block from 9-10 PM on Tuesday with its highest-profile new comedies, the Matthew Perry starrer Go On and Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal. At its upfront presentation yesterday, the network said the block is one of its two big priorities for next fall, meaning the two comedies will get a big marketing push. Will any of the networks blink or we will witness one of the worst cases of comedies cannibalizing each other?
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