Asked about the demise of The Michael J. Fox Show, Greenblatt and Salke listed all the different ways they tried to boost the show, including changing time slots and lead-in. “It reinforces how difficult a night (Thursday) has been for us,” Greenblatt said. Surprisingly, he is not fazed by CBS airing NFL football that night beginning this fall. “I see it as a bit of an opportunity,” he said. “CBS won’t have a big hefty comedy lineup, which is potent, it gives us a little bit of openness to comedy.” Additionally, NBC is betting on a modest but proven performer, The Biggest Loser, as a lead-in to its new Thursday comedies.
As for the now former NBC Thursday comedy Community, which was recently picked up by Yahoo after NBC canceled it in May, Greenblatt called that “a great, extraordinary deal.” “We are co-owners of the show, we’ll be making money on it right away,” he said. (NBC owns about half of Community, which is produced by Sony TV). “It just didn’t make sense for us to have another season of it for that level of viewership.”
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