NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule, Moves ‘Whitney’, ‘Up All Night’, ‘Rock Center’ & ‘Harry’s Law’

I hear that NBC is about to make some scheduling moves. The network is keeping mum, but there is speculation that rookie comedies Up All Night and Whitney, both with full-season orders, may be swapping places. Up All Night is getting murdered in the Wednesday 8 PM slot, so it will probably benefit from a protected run behind The Office. It also is single-camera and has a workplace element like the rest of NBC’s Thursday’s lineup. Up All Night will likely move to the Thursday 9:30 PM spot, but Whitney may be a bit too racy for the Wednesday family hour. Also possibly on the move is NBC’s new fairytale drama Grimm, which started off strong in the Friday 9 PM slot but has been slipping since. While the series’ long-term potential is still unclear, given the dearth of strong prospects at NBC this fall — especially on the drama side — the network probably should give the newbie a shot. Even before Grimm premiered, I had been lobbying for a swap of the older-skewing Harry’s Law, which would be perfect on Friday (as long as it doesn’t face Blue Bloods), and the hipper Grimm. Word is Harry’s Law is definitely on the move but may end up on Sundays. NBC has other holes to fill too as Prime Suspect doesn’t look like a long-time player despite the patience of NBC brass, and new newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams may be tried out on a different night too as it is definitely not working on Monday.