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Does "Black Donnellys" Spell the End for "Studio 60"?

Does "Black Donnellys" Spell the End for "Studio 60"?

Is this the end for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"? NBC has announced that "The Black Donnellys" will bump "Studio 60" out of its post-"Heroes" spot on Feb. 26 — a week earlier than originally planned.

A week wouldn't be a big deal — if it weren't a Sweeps Week. Not letting "Studio 60" finish out sweeps for itself certainly sounds like a sign that NBC is losing faith in the show. The network also still hasn't said when "Studio 60" will return: The press release claims it will be back "later this season on a date to be determined," which sounds less than committal to me.

The often-maligned "Studio 60" has had a bit of an identity crisis of late, focusing more on romance than on the goings-on of a late-night show. It's doing OK in the ratings — this week, for example, it got whupped by "CSI: Miami" but beat "What About Brian". However, it's also losing a ton of "Heroes" viewers, and that can't be making NBC happy.

Of course, NBC could just be giving "Donnellys" a boost by starting it post-"Heroes" before moving it somewhere else. But I think this sounds like a death knell for "Studio 60." You?


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