After two weeks full of pilot pickups but very little immediate scheduling news, it all came at once, as it so often seems to. So here's the Schedule Five-Spot for a busy week ending February 5, 2012:
a so-called "extension" of the run of Alcatraz even though there are no actual additional episodes. It was originally slated to have two-hour installments in early March and wrap in time for House to lead into Touch. Now Alcatraz will shift to 8/7c and lead into the first three 9/8c telecasts of Touch (including the March 12 encore of the pilot shown in late January). That seems a pretty solid vote of confidence in Alcatraz.
called this move after The Firm's Sunday premiere, not that it was that big a reach. NBC finally bumped The Firm, as for some reason the 0.8 on last Thursday was meaningfully more "yikes"-worthy than the 1.0's and 0.9's. In its place will be sure-to-be-acclaimed new drama Awake starting on March 1. Grimm encores will fill in through the rest of the February sweep. Meanwhile, The Firm and its sixteen remaining episodes head to Saturday.
first arrangement of its Tuesday two-hour comedy block was ridiculous. This one's a little less so, even if the results may not ultimately be much better. With Raising Hope continuing to struggle after New Girl, Fox will bump it down to 8/7c leading into I Hate My Teenage Daughter (previously slated to go post-Idol). And it's Breaking In, the show that got horrible post-Idol numbers last spring, which will get the post-New Girl slot.
The Five-Spots are my recaps of what aired, what got renewed/cancelled and what rated well or poorly last week in TV. For more Five-Spots, see the Index.