Peacock turns to crime for Wednesday shake-up


"Life" is one of NBC's crime-related dramas moving to Wednesday nights.

The Peacock is the first network to shake up its fall lineup, rebranding Wednesday as a crime night.

The new Wednesday-night block will be "Knight Rider," "Life" and the return of "Law & Order." The lineup premieres Nov. 5.

"Lipstick Jungle," which has been underperforming at 10 p.m. Wednesday, is shifting to Friday starting this week — effectively swapping places with "Life."

Also, NBC is moving the premiere of the reality show "Momma's Boys." The series will premiere after the finale of "The Biggest Loser: Families" on Dec. 16, then move to 9 p.m. Mondays, taking over the "Heroes" time period during the action drama's winter hiatus.

"These moves will play to the shows' mutual strengths and will help us to reinforce our lineup," NBC co-chairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff said. "A Wednesday night with wall-to-wall satisfying mysteries and great dramas — paced by the return of the original 'Law & Order' to its home on Wednesdays — will provide creative continuity. Fridays will feature escapist drama with 'Lipstick Jungle' joining 'Crusoe.' "

The shake-up represents a potential revival opportunity for "Life," which shifted from 10 p.m. Mondays to 10 p.m. Fridays this season, losing viewership in the process. (partialdiff)