July 01, 2010 at 09:45 PM EDT

Ruh-roh. NBC is already tinkering with its fall schedule, bumping the comedy Love Bites to midseason and replacing it in the Thursday-at-10 slot with a regular, noncelebrity edition of The Apprentice.

How come?

Bites has been dealt two big setbacks — one happy, the other not so much: Leading lady Becki Newton is pregnant with her first child (congrats!)…and showrunner Cindy Chupack has stepped down for personal reasons (drat).

“Launching an anthology series, which breaks the form in so many ways, is a huge undertaking, and I strongly feel that I can be most helpful not showrunning, but writing,” said Chupack in a statement. “It just became clear that for several reasons, some of them personal, this change (and a little more time) is what we need to launch this show properly.”

Additionally, the Peacock is now confirming my scoop from last week that Jordana Spiro is out due to her ongoing commitment to My Boys. There are no plans at present to recast her role of Frannie.

NBC’s scheduling guru Mitch Metcalf says the decision to hand the plum Thursday-at-10 p.m. slot to The Apprentice was “the simplest option,” adding that the show “was well along into production and will be able to join the [fall lineup] without missing a beat.”

Thoughts? You know where to stick ’em!

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