"American Gladiators" to Replace "Chuck"
Following last night's Christmas-themed episode, NBC's "Chuck" is moving to Saturday nights where the network will air reruns of the show starting with the pilot episode this weekend. Meanwhile, a "Deal or No Deal" special, a limited run daily reality series "Clash of the Choirs" and a Hulk Hogan hosted program called "American Gladiators" will replace the show in its original timeslot.
"Clash of the Choirs" is described as "the next big live holiday event series that follows five celebrity singers back to their hometowns in search of the talent needed to assemble America's best choir."
The show will air four nights in a row, Monday to Thursday, going head-to-head with ABC's 4-day event "Duel" a "high-stakes tournament-style competition."
Both networks are hoping these shows can build momentum during the week before Christmas to grow into hits as did NBC's "Deal or No Deal" which also began its run with a 4-day event in December 2005.
In January, the network will premiere the "classic physical competition series with a big-arena attitude" called "American Gladiators" on Sunday, January 2 (2-hour episode, 9-11 p.m.) before moving it to Mondays at 8 p.m. the following day.
As for Saturday nights, the network will air "Chuck" at 8 p.m., followed by repeats of "30 Rock" at 9 p.m. and "Saturday Night Live" specials at 9:30 p.m. "The Best of Chris Farley" and "The Best of Will Ferrel" will air first.