NBC sets launch dates for 2 series
EmptyNBC has set premiere dates for two midseason series: drama "The Black Donnellys" and comedy "Andy Barker, P.I." "Donnellys," from Oscar-winning "Crash" writers Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, will debut March 5 and will run in the Monday 10 p.m. slot, following hit freshman drama "Heroes."
First-year drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," which airs in the Monday 10 p.m. period, will go on hiatus with a return date yet to be determined.
"Barker," a gumshoe comedy starring Andy Richter and co-created by Conan O'Brien, will join NBC's Thursday lineup beginning March 15. It will air in the 9:30 p.m. slot for five weeks, with time period's current occupant, "30 Rock," returning April 19.