It's a little confusing, this new NBC math that places "30" (as in "30 Rock," the network's new Tina Fey comedy) ahead of "Twenty" (that would be the John Lithgow-Jeffrey Tambor vehicle "Twenty Good Years").
But the network figures swapping the two shows' timeslots will give NBC a better shot at improving the numbers that matter most on TV, the Nielsen ratings.
So, instead of "Twenty Good Years" leading into "30 Rock" on Wednesday nights this fall, it will be the other way around, with "30 Rock" kicking off the night at 8 p.m. ET and "Years" following at 8:30. NBC has also moved the premiere date of "Twenty Good Years" back a week; both shows will now debut on Oct. 11.
"We have the luxury of starting Wednesdays with either of two great new comedies," NBC Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly says. "We ultimately felt that this change creates better audience flow throughout the night, with 'Twenty Good Years' a more compatible lead-in to 'The Biggest Loser' at 9 p.m.
"Either way," he adds, "we can't wait to get started with these terrific programs."
Fey ("Saturday Night Live") plays the head writer for a fictional NBC sketch-comedy show in "30 Rock." The show also stars Alec Baldwin as her new boss, fellow "SNL" alum Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal"). "Twenty Good Years" features Lithgow and Tambor as long-time friends who decide to make the most of their golden years.