CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now that the Olympics are over, it's back to normal on network TV -- particularly NBC. While other networks got their midseason schedules underway earlier this winter, NBC waited, using its coverage of the games to tout returning favorites like "The Biggest Loser" and "Hannibal" and promote the new comedic efforts "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher."
With Friday's season two premiere of "Hannibal" (which takes over for "Dracula" in the 10 p.m. timeslot) and the last batch of post-Olympics returns, NBC mostly solidifies its midseason schedule this week. (Two new Sunday dramas and a reality show premiere later in March.)
The "Hannibal" premiere isn't the only thing that leaves the network's primetime landscape looking a little different from when we last saw it, though.
On Tuesdays are "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher." The two affable sitcoms, kicked off by "The Voice" at 8 p.m., replace the departed-for-the-season "Biggest Loser" in the 9 p.m. hour.
Technically, the shows premiered in the timeslot last Tuesday, but despite being advertised as new episodes, the ones shown were actually the pilot episodes, which debuted just days earlier during the Olympics. This week, though, the episodes are indeed new.
The other big change -- which wasn't originally part of the plan -- comes on Thursdays. Beginning Thursday, new "Hollywood Game Night" episodes replace "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox" Show at 9 p.m.
The two sitcoms were canceled in late January and early February, respectively. "Sean" has already aired 12 of its 14 episodes, while "Michael J. Fox" has shown 15 of 22.
NBC hasn't said whether or not it will air the remaining episodes of either show, but my guess is it will at some point. After all, "Sean" only has two left, so it wouldn't be that big a deal to stick them in there back-to-back some week for the fans and then be done.