"Monk" & "Pysch" to Air on NBC
They have begun. The networks have begun cherry-picking the best of what their cable siblings have to offer and putting it on scripted content-starved primetime. After adding "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to the line-up, NBC has now decided to "repurpose" cable's "Monk" and "Psych" from USA Network to Sunday nights, beginning in March.
NBC is the first to follow up on the recent rumors that cable shows may end up on broadcast networks' prime-time schedules to fill the slots vacated by the scripted dramas which were forced into shutting down production due to the writers' strike. CBS prexy Les Moonves said Showtime hits like "Dexter" or "Weeds" may air on CBS.
"Monk" and "Psych," which air back-to-back on USA on Friday nights (9-11 p.m.), regularly lure over 2 million adults 18-49. Some scenes of these shows are however expected to end up on the cutting room floor before airing on NBC, as the Peacock must conform to much stricter standards.
The exact premiere date in March has yet to be confirmed.