NBC shuffling, Grey’s Anatomy scuffling

In TV, it’s never too early to do some schedule-shuffling, and NBC is planning some changes for its comedy lineup. Starting November 30, “30 Rock” moves to Thursday, where it’ll be part of a two-hour block with Scrubs , My Name is Earl and The Office. Twenty Good Years, which had been airing after 30 Rock on Wednesdays, had two bad weeks, and is ending November 8. While this particular comedy combo may not match the Friends/Seinfeld/ two other random comedies powerhouse of the ’90s, it’ll still present some formidable competition.

Over at ABC, Isaiah Washington has apologized for his October 9 scuffle with fellow Grey’s Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey. It’s not exactly clear what happened, but People (citing a source on set) reported that the altercation occurred after another cast member, T.R. Knight, was late for a scene. The same source told the magazine that a homophobic slur was used during the incident (but not in Knight’s presence). The network has mostly kept quiet about the matter, so I don’t know how much truth there is to this. But whatever happened may have something to do with the fact that Knight, on October 19, told People that he’s gay.

Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator, said the scuffle “was 4 1/2 seconds of one day in three years … I feel like we’ve already moved on.” I hope she’s right, and that, especially for Knight’s sake, there won’t be a repeat.

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