Amy Poehler‘s new sitcom finally has a title and a start date. The Choob previously revealed details of the plot of the show, which has now been given the title Parks and Recreation.
It will debut on NBC at 8.30pm on April 9, sandwiched between two new episodes of The Office.
The addition of an extra episode of The Office on that night means that show’s 29-episode fifth season will still end on May 14 as planned but with a single half-hour episode rather than a one-hour finale. To fill in the gap, the season finale of 30 Rock will move back a week to May 14 from May 7.
Parks & Recreation follows the same “mockumentary” style of The Office (at an early stage, it was envisaged as an Office spin-off) and stars Poehler as Leslie Knope, a mid-level employee for a municipal parks and recreation department in Indiana who sees her job as the first step toward a grand career in politics. She makes it her mission to help a city resident (“Office” veteran Rashida Jones) turn a vacant lot into a park, despite resistance on pretty much all levels.
Reaper returns to the CW network for its second, 13-episode season at 8pm on Tuesday March 3, running until May 26. 90210, the updated version of Beverley Hills 90210, which currently airs at 8pm on Tuesdays, will move back to 9pm, with its season ending on May 19. Also on the network, Privileged, which is the current occupant of the Tuesday 9pm slot will complete its first season on February 24.
Dates have been set for the broadcast on the US Sci Fi Channel of the two direct-to-DVD Stargate movies released last year. Stargate: The Ark Of Truth will air on Friday March 27 at 9pm, followed by Stargate: Continuum on Friday, April 3, also at 9pm. The Ark Of Truth picks up the story from the finale of the original Stargate: SG-1 TV series. Continuum sees members of the SG-1 team returning to a world where their history has been dramatically altered.
New ABC sitcom In the Motherhood will debut on Thursday, March 26 at 8pm. It will be paired with Samantha Who? which, as the Choob previously reported, has been in limbo since it was was recently kicked out of it’s Monday night slot. In the motherhood, starring Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines and former Will and Grace star Megan Mullally, is about three very different women’s experiences as mothers.
The Thursday changes mean that Ugly Betty gets kicked out but ABC said it will return after In The Motherhood and Samantha Who? complete their runs. Despite claims that they are still behind the show, what the move could spell trouble for the long-term future of Ugly Betty, although it is worth noting that the show was scheduled to go into repeats anyway during the time it will now be on hiatus. In any case, don’t expect to see the rest of the show’s season-three episodes until at least June.
Also on ABC, Scrubs will move to Wednesdays at 8pm, from March 18, where it will be paired with new comedy Better Off Ted, a satirical office comedy about a successful but morally conscious man who runs the research and development department at a morally questionable corporation. Stars include Joey’s Andrea Anders and Arrested Development’s Portia De Rossi.
New HBO comedy Eastbound And Down begins at 10.30pm on Sunday, February 15. It stars Danny McBride as a disgraced, washed-up Major League Baseball pitcher forced to return to his home town and take a job as a PE teacher.
The debut of Cupid on ABC has been pushed back a week until Tuesday March 31. The episode order has also been cut to just seven. The show is a remake/revival of a 1999 show of the same nameabout a charismatic character who may or may not be the Roman god of love — Cupid — who believes he has been sent to earth to bring 100 couples together before he is allowed to return to Mount Olympus. With only seven episodes to do so, he’ll have to go some…
Surviving Suburbia, a traditional sitcom starring Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson, begins on Monday April 6 at 9:30pm on ABC. The show, about a cynical cynical father-of-two and his family, is said to be “in the family-centered tradition of Roseanne and Home Improvement”.