No Room for 'Boomtown' on NBC Schedule
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By Scott Collins
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC's latest scheduling moves are raising doubts about the future of the sophomore crime drama "Boomtown."
The network said Friday that the cops-and-paramedics drama "Third Watch" will switch to the 10 p.m. Friday slot starting Oct. 31. In "Boomtown's" old 10 p.m. Monday period, NBC will debut "Average Joe," a new reality romance hosted by Kathy Griffin (news), for at least six episodes starting Nov. 3.
Preceding "Third Watch" on the Friday schedule will be "Dateline" followed by the slow-starting Alicia Silverstone (news) dramedy "Miss Match."
That leaves "Boomtown" without a perch. The most recent episode aired Oct. 3, when it ranked third in the ratings behind CBS' "The Handler" and ABC's "20/20." The "Boomtown" cast includes Donnie Wahlberg (news), Mykelti Williamson (news) and new arrival Vanessa Williams (news).
NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker said no decision has been made about when the ensemble drama will return to the schedule, although work on a new episode is slated to begin this week. For the past two weeks, NBC put repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" into the Friday slot.
"If and when 'Boomtown' returns, it won't be Fridays at 10," Zucker said. Zucker added that "Third Watch" had been a "solid performer" on Mondays, and the new switch will allow the series to avoid stiff competition on Mondays from CBS' "CSI: Miami."