NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC is making big changes to its prime-time lineup for Thursday -- the night it used to own in the era of "must-see TV" -- by instituting a two-hour comedy block led by "My Name Is Earl."
Banished from the night, and temporarily off the air entirely, is "Joey," the spinoff that lost all of the energy and most of the viewers from "Friends."
Starting January 5, NBC's new Thursday lineup will be "Will & Grace," in its final season; the new buddy comedy "Four Kings"; the strong freshman show "My Name Is Earl"; and "The Office."
"ER" will remain in its customary spot at 10 p.m. ET, NBC said.