NBC Sets Dates for 'Donnellys,' 'Andy'
Haggis drama will take 'Studio 60' spot in March
"The Black Donnellys," created by the "Crash" duo of Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, will make its debut at 10 p.m. ET Monday, March 5. It will take the spot currently occupied by "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" for an as-yet-undetermined number of weeks, most likely depending on how the show performs there.
The series, loosely based on Moresco's life, follows four Irish-American brothers (Jonathan Tucker, Thomas Guiry, Billy Lush and Michael Stahl-David) who get caught up in organized crime in New York. Olivia Wilde ("The O.C.") and Kirk Acevedo ("Law & Order: Trial by Jury") also star.
"The Black Donnellys" should benefit from a fairly strong lead-in for its premiere in the form of "Heroes," which is slated to wrap up its second set of episodes on March 5. After that, however, "Heroes" is scheduled to go on a break, making for tougher sledding for the new show.
"Andy Barker," meanwhile, will become part of NBC's Thursday comedy lineup starting at 9:30 p.m. March 15. It will sub for "30 Rock" for six weeks, with the latter show returning to finish its season on April 19.
Andy Richter plays the title character, an accountant who's mistaken for the private eye who used to occupy his strip-mall office space -- and since business isn't so great, takes on a few cases. Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") and Clea Lewis ("Ellen") also star.
The show reunites Richter and "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien, who co-created the show with Jonathan Groff ("Late Night," "Father of the Pride").