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NBC puts Emmys on Monday to avoid football

This year’s Emmy Awards ceremony will air on a weeknight instead of its traditional Sunday slot.

NBC and the TV academy say the ceremony honoring prime-time TV’s best is set for Monday, Aug. 25. A host has not yet been announced.

The network said Tuesday that a potential conflict with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” led to the switch. The Emmy ceremony rotates annually among the major networks and is required to air the week after the creative arts Emmy ceremony.

The creative arts awards, which honor technical and other achievements, were already set for Aug. 16.

Sunday has become the home for most major awards shows, including the Oscars. NBC says the last time the Emmy ceremony was held on a Monday was in May 1976.

NBC axes low-rated Hayes sitcom ‘Sean’

Looks as if Sean couldn’t save himself from low ratings.

NBC on Tuesday halted production on the freshman sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” despite having committed to five more episodes – a move that means the series has effectively been canceled. The comedy features “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes as a divorced gay dad whose life is thrown into disarray when his teenage daughter moves in with him full-time.

But the series has generated meager ratings and very little buzz.

Thirteen episodes of the series have already aired, and an additional half-hour installment has reportedly already been filmed. NBC has not said what it plans to do about this last episode.

NBC has not addressed the fate of “The Michael J. Fox Show,” its other low-rated Thursday night comedy featuring the star of a beloved former NBC sitcom. Its numbers are not much better than that of “Sean Saves the World,” but NBC, betting on Fox’s appeal with viewers, made a 22-episode commitment to the project before a pilot was even filmed.

‘Housewives’ suit might get new trial

A judge in Los Angeles has reinstated a lawsuit by Nicollette Sheridan over her firing from “Desperate Housewives.”

The ruling Wednesday could lead to a new trial on her claim she was improperly ousted from the show.

City News Service reports that Superior Court Judge Michael Stern overturned an earlier ruling dismissing the suit.

Sheridan claims she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry struck her on set. A jury deadlocked 8-4 in her favor in 2012.

Cherry has denied the claim and been dismissed from the legal action.

Sheridan’s lawyer David Crochetiere says he is pleased with the ruling and believes it will allow the actress to have her day in court.

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