NBC Benched 'Parks and Recreation'
The hiatus begins this week, when a repeat -- a repeat! -- of The Voice will preempt Parks and Recreation. Next week, NBC plans to air a Saturday Night Live Halloween clip show, despite Parks and Recreation's long history of fantastic Halloween episodes. On Nov. 7, a live episode of The Voice extends into Parks and Rec's time slot. Then, the show will be back with back-to-back episodes for two weeks, including the special Halloween/recall episode, which will air two weeks after Halloween. The show is then off the schedule again until January 9, when it will return to its old 8:30 time slot.
It's pretty crappy treatment of Parks and Recreation, NBC's longest-running comedy. Though the decision to hold Parks and Recreation is probably more about NBC's new comedies, none of which are doing very well. Using a higher rated show, like The Voice as a lead-in could draw more eyes to Sean Saves the World, which could use a ratings boost.