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Even Andy Richter isn't quite sure what time his new show will air

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 30th 2007 7:27PM
Andy RichterThere are a few things we know about Andy Richter's new NBC comedy Andy Barker, P.I.: Richter plays an accountant who accidentally becomes a private investigator, Conan O'Brien is one of the executive producers, and it will air on Thursday nights later this season. What we don't know, at least for sure, is what Thursday comedy it's going to replace. Even Richter didn't know as of ten days ago, as he told me and a group of reporters at NBC's press tour party.

"I don't know who we're gonna replace," he said. But he's not worried, because no matter who they replace, "we're just a place holder. Programming is so loosey-goosey now, and it's such an open, anything-goes kind of a game."

The conventional wisdom is that the show will air in 30 Rock's 9:30 PM slot starting March 15, a fact that was not lost on Richter. "I was talking to Jack McBrayer, who's on 30 Rock (he plays Kenny the page), and I said 'I think we're maybe going to go in your slot.' He was terrified! And I was just going 'No! You'll be in reruns and then they'll just put us on and they'll see what happens.'"

According to Richter, any other day is out of the question, at least in NBC's mind. "Eventually, it's going to come down to 'Thursday night is comedy night.' And if we go on, we'll have to go on in place of somebody else. There's not a lot of comedy real estate anymore," he said with a hint of resignation in his voice. "Our success will be predicated on somebody else's demise, and that's the ugly truth of show business and television."

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BillS

So I love Earl and the Office and Scrubs and 30 Rock, but Andy Richter Controls the Universe is one of my top 5 all time shows, and have been looking forward to Andy Barker since last summer. So I say put ER out of its misery and run comedies til 11.

January 30 2007 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VitoTheTiVo

Wow, email confirmation is slow.

January 30 2007 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

May have helped if I had noticed that the show was on NBC and not Fox, as I previously though. My mistake...

January 30 2007 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bart Smith

1. Last night, Brad Garrett said that "'Til Death" was going to move to after "Idol" in March (...for some reason, this show is still on the air). My guess is that "Barker" will go there. Thursdays, 7pm Central.
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NBC's not having so much trouble finding a timeslot that they'd air the show on another network.

January 30 2007 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VitoTheTiVo

You've got your networks confused. Andy Richter's show is for NBC. Thursday shows that he could possibly replace are Earl - Office - Scrubs or 30 Rock.

January 30 2007 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

Last night, Brad Garrett said that "'Til Death" was going to move to after "Idol" in March (...for some reason, this show is still on the air). My guess is that "Barker" will go there. Thursdays, 7pm Central.

January 30 2007 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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