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2010 Upfronts: NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2010 3:02PM
NBC logoHey, it's Upfronts Week, the time of year when the networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers and tell us which shows have been picked up and which shows are going bye-bye forever. First up: NBC (FOX has its upfront on Monday, ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday, and the CW on Thursday).

UPDATED: The biggest news on the network concerning canceled shows is probably two-fold: 'Heroes' isn't returning and neither is one of the longest-running TV shows in history, 'Law & Order.' But there is a new show in the franchise coming called 'Law and Order: Los Angeles,' so maybe that will keep fans happy.

Oh, and 'Parks and Recreation'? It's being moved to midseason!

UndercoversYup, the Thursday-night comedy isn't coming back to the schedule until later in the year. In a conference call to critics today, NBC Universal chief Jeff Gaspin said that they wanted to give the new Thursday night comedies a chance to succeed, and moving '30 Rock' to 8:30 and leaving 'Parks and Recreation' for midseason gives them the best chance to do that.

Other new shows coming to midseason are the comedies 'Perfect Couples,' 'Friends with Benefits' and 'The Paul Reiser Show.'

The new superhero show 'The Cape' and the Kathy Bates legal drama 'Harry's Law' will also come midseason, along with the return of 'The Marriage Ref.' 'Chuck' will stay in the Monday at 8PM slot. Why leave 'Chuck' there? Gaspin said that it fits in with the other shows on Monday. Additionally, NBC can do a lot of heavy promotion during the male-heavy football audience on Sunday nights.

As we reported earlier, the 'Rockford Files' remake was not picked up; however, NBC said it isn't ruling out the show for next year, pending tweaks.

Regarding the cancellation of 'Heroes' and 'Law & Order,' NBC Primetime Entertainment President Angela Bromstad says that it still might do a 'Heroes' movie to wrap up the show and are also talking with Dick Wolf about a way to wrap up 'Law & Order' for fans.

Conan O'Brien's name also came up during the conference call. Gaspin said that they're very happy with the numbers Jay Leno has been getting since his return and they "wish Conan the best."


Returning: '30 Rock,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Midseason), 'Dateline' (Midseason), 'Chuck,' 'Friday Night Lights' (TBD), 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'The Marriage Ref' (Midseason), 'The Office,' 'Parenthood,' 'Parks and Recreation' (Midseason), 'Minute To Win It' (Midseason), 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Midseason).

Canceled: 'Heroes,' 'Law & Order,' 'Mercy,' 'Trauma'

New: 'The Cape' (Midseason), 'Chase,' 'The Event,' 'Friends With Benefits' (Midseason), 'Harry's Law' (Midseason), 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' 'Love Bites,' 'Outsourced,' 'The Paul Reiser Show' (Midseason), 'Perfect Couples' (Midseason), 'School Pride.'


The Cape- 'The Cape': 'ER''s David Lyons stars as a policeman who is framed for a series of murders and is forced to go into hiding. Determined to be reunited with his family, Lyons' character becomes his son's favorite superhero ('The Cape') and quickly "takes the law into his own hands." Summer Glau ('Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles') co-stars as a tough-as-nails blogger out for justice.

- 'Chase': An action-drama about law officials who track down criminals. From Jerry Bruckheimer.

- 'The Event': A thriller about a man (Jason Ritter) who, in an attempt to find his missing fiance, discovers one of the biggest cover-ups in U.S. history.

- 'Friends With Benefits': A comedy about friends who hook up with each other while they await the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Right. Ryan Hansen ('Party Down,' 'Veronica Mars') stars.

- 'Harry's Law': David E. Kelley's latest legal drama, with Kathy Bates leading a team of lawyers (Brittany Snow and Ben Chaplin).

- 'Law & Order: Los Angeles': Self-explanatory, right?

Love Bites- 'Love Bites': An anthology show about love and romance, from 'Sex and the City''s Cindy Chupak. Becki Newton ('Ugly Betty') and Jordana Spiro ('My Boys') co-star.

- 'Outlaw': Jimmy Smits stars as a Supreme Court Justice who suddenly quits to help the little guy. Produced by Conan O'Brien's company.

- 'Outsourced': A comedy about American workers whose company is suddenly moved to India to save money.

- 'The Paul Reiser Show': The 'Mad About You' star's new comedy in which he plays a character named ... Paul Reiser!

- 'Perfect Couples': A comedy focusing on three different couples who struggle to define the perfect relationship. Olivia Munn, Kyle Howard and Christine Woods star.

- 'School Pride': A reality show in which aging schools are given makeovers. From co-producer Cheryl Hines ('Curb Your Enthusiasm').

- 'Undercovers': J.J. Abrams' 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'-esque spy show, about two married former CIA agents (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who are suddenly called back to duty.


8PM: 'Chuck'
9PM: 'The Event'
10PM: 'Chase'

8PM 'The Biggest Loser'
10PM 'Parenthood'

8PM: 'Undercovers'
9PM: 'Law & Order: SVU'
10PM: 'Law & Order: L.A.'

8PM: 'Community'
8:30PM: '30 Rock'
9PM: 'The Office'
9:30PM: 'Outsourced'
10PM: 'Love Bites'

8PM: 'School Pride' (then 'Who Do You Think You Are'? later in season)
9PM: 'Dateline'
10PM: 'Outlaw'



7PM: 'Football Night in America'
8PM: 'Sunday Night Football'


7PM: 'Dateline'
9PM: 'Minute to Win It'
10PM: 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

The CapeQuick notes: Not sure why NBC is keeping 'Chuck' on Mondays at 8, since the ratings weren't that great in that slot. I've never been a fan of having two 'Law & Order' shows in a row and I thought that they could have put 'Chuck' on Wednesday and move one of the 'Law & Order' shows to Monday. I'm looking forward to 'The Cape.' Hey, someone has to carry on the 'Heroes' tradition. 'Outlaw' is on Fridays at 10? That probably won't last.

As for 'The Event,' I wonder if viewers will be nervous about committing to yet another new serialized drama.

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I love all the Law & Order series and CSI too. All of the networks are killing themselves by putting all these comedies and silly things like Biggest Loser, Dance your a-- off. Why change things that work/

May 19 2010 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The ratings were down for Mercy ONLY because NBC slotted it against American Idol.
Mercy was the best new NBC series.
Whoever schedules the NBC lineup is an idiot.

May 19 2010 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristina Martin

What happened to the show LIFE.. I loved that guy and I loved that show.. I didn't see a cancellation notice.

May 18 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
genie mcdaniel

Please don't take off TRAUMA

May 18 2010 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am pissed to hear that my 2 new favorite shows are being cancelled, Mercy and Trama. Who cares if they dont take the place of ER, they are their own....you can't leave ppl hanging the way they ended!!!!

May 18 2010 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please bring "Mercy" & "Trama" back to NBC!!!!

May 18 2010 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy B

Well, at least they are keeping L&O: SVU but it is sad that FlashForward and Trama are going, and it is HORRIBLE that they are taking off MERCY. The characters are great and it has a great plot. They need to just try it in a different slot or night, not cancel it.

May 18 2010 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please rethink Mercy because i love that show and the characters. the season finale was awesome and it left you hanging on. The show has enough plots to continue and should be brought back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 18 2010 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about House and Desperate Housewives? They are very enjoyable!
I like to see more of Betty White in shows.

May 18 2010 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I haven't watched NBC since they cancelled Studio 60...and by the looks of the new schedule, I still wont be watching.

May 17 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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