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It's the end of two comedy eras at CBS and NBC
CBS has been airing four comedies on Mondays since the fall of 1986, and has been airing comedies on Mondays at 9 going back to the 1950s. With the exception of a brief period in the early '00s when the American public deluded itself into wanting to watch Donald Trump on television, NBC has aired four comedies on Thursdays going back to the fall of 1983. This fall, both comedy blocs shrink, with CBS only airing sitcoms Mondays at 8 and 8:30, and NBC only Thursdays at 9 and 9:30. (And when "The Blacklist" moves to the night, it'll either be comedy-free or will air those sitcoms at 8 and 8:30, where "The Big Bang Theory" and friends will clobber them.) It's getting harder in general for networks to launch new comedies, but both networks have stuck with those traditions for so many years that it's still striking to see them finally done away with.
- Alan Sepinwall