Ted Danson returns to NBC schedule with a Thursday night comedy

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NEW YORK - Ted Danson returns to NBC's Thursday nights this fall, part of a conservative scheduling strategy for a network that is holding off much of its new material for other times in the year.

NBC announced its programming plans Sunday in advance of Monday's presentation to advertisers in New York. The network said it hasn't completed negotiations to return the popular comedy "The Carmichael Show" to its lineup.

Danson will star in "The Good Place," where he plays Kristen Bell's guide to the afterlife in a comedy produced by Michael Schur, whose credits include "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Parks and Recreation."

NBC has given the green light to 12 new series next season, but only three are on the fall schedule. Also held back is the "Celebrity Apprentice" remake with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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