NBC axes two freshman shows, sets Jan. premiere for ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Community’

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It’s Friday afternoon so that means time for networks to announce which low-rated shows are getting the ax.

Surprising no one, NBC has pulled Blair Underwood’s cop drama reboot “Ironside” and freshman Thursday sitcom “Welcome to the Family,” co-starring Chicago native Justina Machado.

“Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago PD,” a Dick Wolf-produced drama currently filming in Chicago, will debut on the schedule at 9 p.m. (Central Time) Wednesday, Jan. 8. It stars Jason Beghe, Jon Seda and Sophia Bush. (An open casting call for “Chicago PD” extras will be held Sunday in Chicago.)

The fifth season of the cult-favorite comedy “Community” returns Jan. 2 with back-to-back episodes.

Freshman comedy “Welcome to the Family” with Chicago native Justina Machado (right) is no longer welcome in NBC’s family.

Starting Jan. 9, “Community” will air at 7 p.m. followed by “Parks and Recreation.” It will be “Parks and Rec’s” 100th episode, co-written by Amy Poehler and Mike Schur. Replacing “Ironside” in the 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot for November and December will be a string of original programming, including new episodes of “Dateline” crime stories, “Saturday Night Live” holiday-themed specials and holiday music specials starring Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble.

Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. for the rest of the fall will include original back-to-back “Parks and Recreation” episodes, specials such as “SNL Halloween,” plus a previously-announced edition of “The Voice” and “The Sound of Music Live!” broadcast. In addition, “The Sing-Off” moves into the time period in December for two weeks.

Going forward, NBC Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot:

Oct. 30: “Law & Order: SVU” (encore of season premiere)

Nov. 6: “Dateline” (original)

Nov. 13: “Dateline” (original)

Nov. 20: “Dateline” (original)

Nov. 27: “SNL Thanksgiving”

Dec. 4: “SNL Christmas” (8-10 p.m.)

Dec. 11: Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special

Dec. 18: Michael Buble Christmas Special

Jan. 8, 2014: Premiere of “Chicago PD”

Going forward, Thursday 7 p.m. time slot:

Oct. 24: “The Voice” (encore)

Oct. 31: “SNL Halloween”

Nov. 7: “The Voice” (live)

Nov. 14: “Parks and Recreation” (back-to-back new episodes)

Nov. 21: “Parks and Recreation” (back-to-back new episodes)

Nov. 28: “Sunday Night Football” Thanksgiving game

Dec. 5: “The Sound of Music Live” telecast

Dec. 12: “The Sing-Off”

Dec. 19: “The Sing-Off”

Jan. 2, 2014: Season premiere of “Community” (back-to-back episodes)

Jan. 9: 100th episode of “Parks and Recreation” (7:30 p.m.)

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