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NBC made some scheduling announcements on Friday, scheduling its new midseason drama, Do No Harm, and setting the finale for 30 Rock.
Do No Harm will launch on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m., following the hour-long series finale for Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
“January 31 will be a special night as one classic series will mark its finale with a great hour-long sendoff episode while a promising new drama will make its debut on Thursdays,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Greenblatt continued, “30 Rock is acclaimed as a legendary comedy and we will see a truly memorable and fitting last episode. In Do No Harm, viewers will have a unique new dramatic storyline with an exciting new star in Steven Pasquale that takes them into dark and uncharted territory.”
Do No Harm’s scheduling pushes NBC News’ newsmagazine, Rock Center with Brian Williams, to Fridays, reports Deadline. It will follow Dateline, which is currently scheduled for 9 p.m. while Grimm is on hiatus. The network still has to figure out how to reshuffle Fridays when Grimm comes back on March 9.
The new drama stars Steven Pasquale as a respected neurosurgeon who changes into an unrecognizable person every night at the same hour. Michael Meyer directed the pilot, which was written by David Schulner.
NBC has to hope that the series can break the network’s streak of Thursday 10 p.m. misfires. Last season, the network tried Prime Suspect, Awake and The Firm, all shows that lasted just a few episodes before either being cancelled or moved to another night and not renewed.