NBC Brings "Law & Order: CI" Back
If ABC wants "Dirty Sexy Money" to survive they might want to reconsider airing those 3 remaining episodes in its regular timeslot in January - NBC is bringing back the show they originally sent packing to USA Network as well as its legendary mothership series they held off for midseason.
"Law & Order: CI" enjoyed a healthy six-season run on NBC, but as the ratings softened last year, NBC decided to evict the CI franchise (and slash its budget) and it began its 7th season in early October on cable.
As the nets began to run out of fresh scripted fare, the shows that didn't seem worthy of broadcast network schedule however suddenly became attractive again.
Especially given the fact that the original "Law & Order" series was held off for midseason, and may now be paired off with CI to form a powerful block of scripted programming to replace the collapsed "Bionic Woman" and the not-very-strong (although renewed) "Life."
"Law & Order" will kick things off on Wednesday, January 2 with a 2-hour premiere (9-11 pm) before moving to its regular timeslot (10 p.m.) the following week. CI begins January 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, with no fresh episodes of "Pushing Daisies" and "Private Practice" to give it a lead-in push, ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" may be in trouble if the 3 episodes that the cast and crew will be able to film before Christmas go head to head with an all-new "Law & Order."