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Danson returns to NBC schedule with a Thursday night comedy

Ted Danson returns to NBC's Thursday night lineup this fall as part of a conservative scheduling strategy announced Sunday for a network that is holding off much of its new material for other times in the year.

NBC also reached a last-minute deal with producers of the popular comedy "The Carmichael Show" to bring it back next season. The network released its scheduling plans Sunday in advance of Monday's presentation to advertisers in New York, the first of the broadcasters that will do so this week.

Danson, the memorable barkeep in "Cheers" on NBC more than two decades ago, will star in "The Good Place." He plays Kristen Bell's guide to the...