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NBC has made some late scheduling changes with three of its comedy series. One of the moves makes total sense, but the other is a little harder to figure.

First, the one that makes sense: The network is burning off the last two episodes of “Truth Be Told” on Christmas night. The Dead Show Walking is NBC’s lowest-rated series of the fall, averaging only a 0.6 same-day rating through its first eight episodes. (Both it and its Friday lead-in, “Undateable,” are pre-empted this week.)

Now, the less obvious one: The network has scheduled new-to-broadcast episodes of “Superstore” and “Telenovela” for 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT Dec. 28, a week before their time-period debuts at 8 and 8:30 on Jan. 4.

The episodes airing Dec. 28 have been streaming on NBC.com since the post-“Voice” debuts for “Superstore” and “Telenovela.” NBC’s player doesn’t offer viewing stats, but it’s safe to assume they’ve been watched less than over the air. (The pilots for both shows are on YouTube, where “Superstore” has been viewed about 557,000 times as of posting and “Telenovela” 221,000 times.)

What the scheduling will do is let NBC fit the remaining eight episodes of each show in before “The Voice” returns on Feb. 29. Nonetheless, it doesn’t feel like the greatest vote of confidence for either series.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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