Thursday nights at 9 p.m. CDT used to be the crown jewel of the NBC prime-time schedule — the home of “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “ER.” But ever since the latter ended its run in 2009, the slot has been the place where shows go to die. NBC is hoping to reverse its luck with “Hannibal,” which debuted last week, but in the meantime here are five shows that made the time slot the equivalent of TV's Bermuda Triangle.
“The Jay Leno Show” (September 2009-February 2010): Dare you to name one TV idea that was more misguided than this: When NBC eased Leno out of his familiar “Tonight Show” role in favor of Conan O'Brien, they gave him instead a five-nights-a-week 9 p.m. show. Viewers didn't watch on Thursday night. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, either. (On March 1, 2010, Leno returned to “Tonight.”)
• “Prime Suspect” (September 2011-January 2012): Maria Bello starred in this adaptation of the British police procedural.
• “The Firm” (January-February 2012): Josh Lucas starred in this “update” of the Josh Grisham legal drama, which had been a hit movie in 1993.
• “Awake” (March-May 2012): Even if viewers didn't tune in, at least many critics praised this drama about a detective (Jason Isaacs) who lives in two separate realities. In one, his wife survived a car accident, but his son died; in the other, their fates were reversed.
• “Do No Harm” (January-February 2013): Steven Pasquale starred in this drama about a Jekyll / Hyde neurosurgeon. It was pulled after two episodes.