'Celebrity Apprentice' on the move


NBC is taking the premiere of "Celebrity Apprentice" out of the cross hairs of the last original episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" … or so it seems.

NBC said Wednesday that it will push the launch of the Donald Trump series from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, expanding "Deal or No Deal" to two hours Jan. 3.

The move follows ABC's midseason schedule announcement Friday that included the last original episode of "Grey's" airing Jan. 3, leading into the premiere of the new drama "Cashmere Mafia."

But ABC said late Wednesday that it will move the premiere of "Cashmere" from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, where it will air after the last original episode of "Desperate Housewives."

There is speculation that ABC also is mulling moving the original "Grey's" from Jan. 3, the night of the Iowa caucuses, possibly to Jan. 10, where it again might go against the premiere of "Apprentice."

Even without a first-run "Grey's," "Apprentice" is facing an uphill battle in the Thursday 9 p.m. slot, where ABC is launching the abbreviated new season of "Lost" on Jan. 31.

On Jan. 6, "Cashmere" will replace an original "Brothers & Sisters," which now will air Jan. 15.

In other NBC scheduling news, the network will expand tonight's finale of "Clash of the Choirs" to two hours.