By James Hibberd
Updated March 22, 2011 at 07:01 PM EDT
Paul Reiser
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NBC is pulling Perfect Couples from its schedule early and putting Paul Reiser’s new sitcom in its place.

You may have remembered hearing about NBC developing a comedy starring the former Mad About You star around this time last year. Well, that series now has a debut date: April 14.

The actor plays a version of himself in NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show, which will replace the struggling Couples on the network’s Thursday lineup at 8:30 p.m. NBC is yanking the Couples, which co-stars Olivia Munn, with at least two episodes left in the can — which you can pretty much bet means the show is canceled.

In the single-camera comedy from Reiser and Jonathan Shapiro (Life) it’s been a few years since “Paul Reiser” and his TV show left primetime. He now lives with his wife (Amy Landecker) and kids and hangs out with a new group of fellow local dads played by Ben Shenkman, Omid Djalili, Duane Martin, and Andrew Daly.