The Upfronts: NBC
NBC 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.
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.
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):
8pm: Deal or No Deal
8pm: The Biggest Loser
10: Law & Order: SVU
8pm: Deal or No Deal
9pm: The Bionic Woman
8pm: My Name Is Earl
8:30: 30 Rock
9pm: The Office
8pm: 1 vs. 100/Singing Bee
9pm: Las Vegas
10pm: Friday Night Lights
9pm: Repeats of dramas like Law & Order, etc.
7pm: Football Night In America/Dateline
8pm: Sunday Night Football/Law & Order
Sunday (after football ends):
8pm: Law and Order
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.