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Comedy no longer central to TV networks' prime-time programming

Comedy no longer central to TV networks' prime-time programming

Comedy may still be a desired staple of prime-time TV, but broadcasters haven't found much to laugh about for the upcoming season. The TV networks unleashed their 2015-16 evening lineups in New York this week, leaving industry insiders buzzing about the Great Comedy Rollback. Burned by a high number of sitcom flops in recent years, programmers have decided to stop trying to bring the funny. NBC, onetime home to generation-defining hits "Friends" and "Seinfeld," has exiled comedy to the dead zone of Friday nights. CBS benched "2 Broke Girls" until midseason and decided to take a flier on the drama reboot of "Supergirl," setting up a superhero...

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