NBC is making it a common occurrence to pair the ending of one popular program with the debut of a new series. Next month, we'll get an early look at the network's new midseason comedy 1600 Penn, which will air following the final performance episode of The Voice, and come January, we'll see the premiere of Do No Harm, which will debut immediately following the final episode of 30 Rock.
30 Rock will air its final episode on January 31 and that's also the date NBC has set for the premiere of Do No Harm. The network's suspenseful new drama will debut on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET, (not immediately) following the hour-long series finale of 30 Rock, which will air from 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC. If the current schedule applies, NBC will presumably have The Office and Parks and Recreation wedged between 30 Rock's ending and Do No Harm's beginning, but the network's site doesn't specify what will air in that hour.
Do No Harm stars Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) as Dr. Jason Cole, a neurosurgeon battling with a Mr. Hyde-like alter ego that's struggling to get out and make a mess of his life each night. Here's the full synopsis for the series.
In “Do No Harm,” Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, "Rescue Me") is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all – a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he's never seen before, he knows one thing: it's happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic.
We haven't seen a lot of success from dramas at NBC in its Thursday night 10:00 p.m. time slot. The Firm, Awake and Prime Suspect are all recent examples of dramas that attempted to thrive in that post-comedy-block spot and failed. Perhaps Dr. Jason Cole and his darker half Ian will break the curse.
With Do No Harm moving into Thursday night's 10:00 p.m. timeslot on NBC next year, the Peacock will move Rock Center with Brian Williams over to Friday nights, starting February 8. The series will air at 10:00 p.m. ET, following Dateline NBC, which airs at 9:00 p.m. ET.