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The Upfronts: NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2007 11:35AM

nbc logoNBC released its fall 2007 schedule today. Here's a rundown on what new shows we'll see, when they'll air, and what old shows won't be coming back.

Returning: Friday Night Lights, Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU, Deal or No Deal, 30 Rock, The Office, Heroes, Scrubs, ER, The Biggest Loser, Las Vegas, My Name Is Earl, 1 vs. 100, Dateline, Football Night In America, Medium, and Saturday Night Live.

New: The Bionic Woman, The IT Crowd, Chuck, Journeyman, Life, Lipstick Jungle, The Singing Bee, World Moves, and Heroes: Origins.

Out: Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Crossing Jordan, The Black Donnellys, Kidnapped, Andy Barker, P.I., Identity, Raines, 20 Good Years, Grease: You're The One That I Want, The Real Wedding Crashers, Thank God You're Here.

Moving: Friday Night Lights moves to Friday nights at 10pm. On Thursdays, 30 Rock moves to 8:30, The Office to 9, and Scrubs to 9:30. Law & Order will move to Sundays at 8pm (in 2008). Law & Order: CI will be on USA Network first, then NBC will air the repeats.

After the jump, a rundown on the new shows and a look at the schedule.

New shows:

Heroes: Origins will be six special episodes of the series, which will air during the show's hiatus. This means the total episode count for the season will be 30!

The Bionic Woman is an updating of the classic ABC show from the 70s. It stars British actress Michelle Ryan.

Chuck is about a computer geek who becomes a spy (somehow). It's produced by Josh Schwartz, who did The O.C., and director McG.

Journeyman sounds a lot like a 21st century version of Quantum Leap. It stars Kevin McKidd from Rome and is produced by some of the people behind The West Wing.

The IT Crowd is a new comedy that focuses on the lives of tech people. Sounds like a nerdier Office.

Life is a drama about a detective who spends years in jail for a crime he didn't commit and is given a second chance. It stars Damian Lewis from Band of Brothers.

Lipstick Jungle is from Candace Bushnell, who did Sex and the City, and sounds similar. It stars Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, from The Nine.

The Singing Bee is another damn singing competition.

World Moves is a hip-hop competition, and is produced by American Idol's Randy Jackson.

Here is NBC's new schedule (which could change before September rolls around):

Monday:

8pm: Deal or No Deal
9pm: Heroes
10pm: Journeyman

Tuesday:

8pm: The Biggest Loser
9pm: Chuck
10: Law & Order: SVU

Wednesday:

8pm: Deal or No Deal
9pm: The Bionic Woman
10pm: Life

Thursday:

8pm: My Name Is Earl
8:30: 30 Rock
9pm: The Office
9:30: Scrubs
10pm: ER

Friday:

8pm: 1 vs. 100/Singing Bee
9pm: Las Vegas
10pm: Friday Night Lights

Saturday:

8pm: Dateline
9pm: Repeats of dramas like Law & Order, etc.

Sunday:

7pm: Football Night In America/Dateline
8pm: Sunday Night Football/Law & Order

Sunday (after football ends):

7pm: Dateline
8pm: Law and Order
9pm: Medium
10pm: Lipstick Jungle


Random notes: Friday Night Lights at 10pm on Friday nights? Sounds logical but I wonder if that time slot will hurt it. The Bionic Woman will also be shown on Sci-Fi Channel, and Life will be shown on Lifetime. Jerry Seinfeld will return to the network, sort of. He'll make 20 "minsodes" of a series that will show him working behind the scenes of that animated bee movie he has coming out later this year. The IT Crowd will premiere midseason. The Apprentice is coming back, but NBC head Kevin Reilly has no idea when or where it will be on the schedule.

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Candi

I am very confused! I have been watching Las Vegas from the beginning. Every time the main page for Las Vegas on the NBC website posts a date for the next season, that is when it is on. The date posted for the new season is May 25, 2007. GUESS WHAT! It has not been on. I'm stuck with Law & Order. I live in Canada which should not make a difference because it is the same station. I just do not understand and am upset. Could someone please explain to me what is going on!

Thanks a Bunch!

June 02 2007 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KATHY

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED CROSSING JORDAN. CROSSING JORDAN DID NOT GET THE RATINGS BECAUSE IT WAS A MIDSEASON REPLACEMENT AND NO ONE KNEW WHAT DAY OR TIME IT WAS ON. I HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW SINCE ITS INCEPTION AND AM VERY UNHAPPY TO SEE IT GO. IT HAS A WONDERFUL CAST AND A GREAT STORY LINE. I AM 60 YEARS OLD. ONE OF THE BABY BOOMERS AND THERE ARE VERY FEW SHOWS GENERATED FOR OUR AGE GROUP. WE ARE NOW A LARGE PART OF THE TV POPULATION AND SOME CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PROGRAMS FOR US. PLEASE PUT CROSSING JORDAN BACK ON THE FALL SCHEDULE FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE SEASON.

May 18 2007 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
T Steelman

I'm surprised Studio 60 didn't make it. It had the largest platform ranging from comedy to drama to almost live to behind the scenes of SNL. The cast was off to a good start. I will miss Raines. The only cop show I cared to watch. Far to many cop, lawyer, & doctor shows these days.

May 17 2007 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

I started watching the Wedding Belles on Fridays. It was an odd show, but entertaining. Then I watched Raines, it was very well done. They moved one against the other..figures since I liked both. Then they cancelled Wedding Belles, which helped in my decision.
Now they cancelled Raines?????
Why when they had it in two time slots, did they not give it a chance?
I like Jeff Goldblum, and it was nice to see a show that had some very good acting in it for a change.
I actually DON'T start some shows because I figure they will be cancelled.
PS. I don't think I will be watching the Bionic Woman.....

May 17 2007 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M. SCOTT

I can't believe Crossing Jordan is not coming back, instead
you have new shows that will not make it and will be
taken off after 4 shows.

May 17 2007 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ira

Raines: Great shows, great cinematography, great talent. Perfect for Saturdays at 10. I regret your decision, NBC.

May 16 2007 at 6:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C.A

Why NBC?! why do you do this to Medium??? I already accepted it's Wednesday place.. Now you put it on SUNDAY?! The show on Monday at 10:00 pm will fail unless you bring back Medium to that time slot!!

May 15 2007 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rolando

Moving FNL to Fridays is really dumb. They could move it to Thursdays at 10 where it could at least have a chance against shows like Shark on CBS or what ever ABC puts on October Road and Men in Trees.

May 15 2007 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deez

Who are probably the biggest fans of Friday Night Lights? People who love high school football. What are these people doing on Friday nights at 10pm? Attending a freaking high school football game. NBC programmers - genius...

May 15 2007 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vacelts

Glad to hear Friday Night Lights was renewed. Not sure I like the time slot though -- 10 p.m. on Fridays. Guess I'll be setting my DVR.

http://redlightnaps.wordpress.com/2007/05/11/friday-night-lights-renewed/

May 15 2007 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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