NBC is turning to its cable sibling USA to help fill out its midseason schedule.
"This is an excellent opportunity to showcase these two critically acclaimed cable hits," NBC co-chairman Marc Graboff says. "It's a win-win situation. The shows, both produced by our own Universal Media Studios, receive additional exposure while providing great programming for NBC."
They'll also fill a good-sized hole, brought on by the writers' strike, in NBC's schedule. The network will fill the first few Sundays of 2008 with a patchwork of specials and movies (the Golden Globes and the "Knight Rider" movie/pilot, for instance), but beyond that no firm plans were in place.
NBC will also repurpose episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which moved its first run to USA this season, on Wednesday nights starting next month.
"Monk," which stars Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub as a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, will be getting its second go-round on a broadcast network. Early in its life, episodes were repurposed on ABC (whose corporate sibling Touchstone TV is also a producer of the show).
Both it and "Psych," which stars James Roday as a police consultant who lets the cops think he's psychic -- although he's just really observant -- are strong performers for USA. "Monk" averaged close to 5 million viewers a week in its most recent summer run, while "Psych" pulled in better than 4 million.