The Upfronts: NBC
by Keith McDuffee, posted May 16th 2005 12:02PM
- Out: Law and Order: Trial By
Jury, American Dreams, Medical Investigation, Committed, The Contender, Third Watch.
- New: The Apprentice: Martha Stuart, Three Wishes, E-Ring, Fathom, Inconceivable, My Name Is Earl, Thick and Thin, Four Kings.
- Returning: Scrubs, Fear Factor, Las Vegas, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit, Law & Order, Joey, Will
& Grace, The Apprentice, ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan, Medium.
- Moving: The West Wing (Sundays, 8-9 p.m. EST), The Office (Tuesdays, 9:30-10 p.m. EST), Dateline NBC (Fridays 9-10 p.m. EST).
Read on for show descriptions.
Marco Pennette (All About the Andersons) and Oliver Goldstick (Desperate Housewives) have teamed up for new comedy Inconceivable about doctors, shrinks and lawyers who work in a fertility clinic. Starring Jonathan Cake (Fallen) and Ming-Na (ER). (Fridays, 10-11 p.m. EST)
E-Ring is described as The West Wing set at the Pentagon. The show was created by David McKenna (American History X) and Ken Robinson, a former Green Beret who consults for CNN on terrorism and military intelligence. Starring Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) and Dennis Hopper (Speed). (Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. EST)
My Name is Earl is from Yes, Dear co-creator/executive producer Greg Garcia. The show centers on a low-rent crook who, after winning the lottery, decides to use his limited yet oddly effective intelligence to right the wrongs he has made in his life. Starring Jason Lee (Chasing Amy). (Tuesdays, 9-9:30 p.m. EST)
Thick and Thin, written by former SNL writer Paula Pell, centers on a formerly fat woman who struggles as she grows into her new skin while surrounded by her still-overweight family and friends. Pell is executive producing the pilot with SNL's Lorne Michaels and JoAnn Alfano.
Four Kings is a new comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnik. The show is an exploration of four lifelong friends on the cusp of adulthood.
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart will be along the same vein as the original Trump starring series, but instead hosted by Martha Stewart of course. (Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m. EST)
Three Wishes is an emotionally unscripted series hosted by recording artist Amy Grant, where she leads a team of experts to a small town to "grant" (haw haw) wishes to help make the hopes and dreams of deserving people come true (Fridays, 8-9 p.m. EST)