Monday, May 14, 2007

So here's the NBC Line-Up for Fall (until it changes)

Editor's Note: And now, the annual TV NET foolishness BEGINS....

NBC Changes Five Nights; Unveils Journeyman, Lipstick Jungle
NBC, the first network to officially unveil its 2007-08 prime-time lineup, will introduce five new series this fall. There are four dramas (Journeyman, Chuck, The Bionic Woman and Life) and a musical reality/competition called The Singing Bee, which will air Friday at 8 p.m. after the returning 1 vs. 100 ends its summer run.

Three established series -- 30 Rock, The Office and Friday Night Lights -- will move to new time periods; a second edition of Deal or No Deal will anchor Wednesday; and benched reality/competition The Biggest Loser will move to Tuesday at 8 p.m.

NBC, in addition, has one scripted sitcom, The IT Crowd, dramedy The Lipstick Jungle, and a reality/competition called World Moves slated for midseason.

The Peacock net, overall, will make changes on five nights of the week (excluding Saturday, which will remain occupied by Dateline and encore telecasts of its drama series, and Football ignited Sunday).

Once football season is over, NBC will kick off Sunday with Dateline, followed by the returning (and relocated) Law & Order, the returning (and relocated) Medium, and Lipstick Jungle.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which is not on NBC’s schedule, will move to cable network USA for 22 new episodes. Editor's Note: This is GREAT news. I swear, USA Net is the best Network.....cable or non.

Not returning are Crossing Jordan, The Black Donnellys, Raines, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, game show Identity, and non-scripted The Real Wedding Crashers and Grease: You’re the One That I Want.

The future of veteran The Apprentice remains uncertain at press time.

NBC has also ordered 30 new half-hours of The Office (including five hour-long episodes), while increasing the episode order for My Name is Earl to 25.

In addition, Jerry Seinfeld will return to NBC in 20 live-action comedy “minisodes,” which will give viewers a glimpse at his behind-the–scenes work on upcoming animated feature Bee Movie.

Heroes, meanwhile, will offer an online initiative called Heroes: Origins that will allow viewers to choose a new character. Editor's Note: This article makes it sound like this is a web-only deal. But here's what the article in the Houston Chronicle said:

Heroes: Origins is a head-scratcher. So far, all NBC is saying is that this Heroes spinoff will introduce characters that could join the mother show in the fall 2008 season, depending on viewers' votes. Six episodes have been ordered, as well as 24 new episodes of Heroes. An air date hasn't been determined for the six Origins episodes.

So that sounds more like an on-AIR show, yes? TBD....

Here is NBC’s fall 2007 schedule, followed by the new program descriptions:

7 p.m. Deal or No Deal
8 p.m. Heroes/Heroes: Origins (new)
9 p.m. Journeyman (new)

7 p.m. The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. Chuck (new)
9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

7 p.m. Deal or No Deal
8 p.m. Bionic Woman (new)
9 p.m. Life (new)

7 p.m. My Name Is Earl
7:30 p.m. 30 Rock (new time)
8 p.m. The Office (new time)
8:30 p.m. Scrubs (new time)
9 p.m. ER

7 p.m. 1 vs. 100/The Singing Bee (new)
8 p.m. Las Vegas
9 p.m. Friday Night Lights (new time)

7 p.m. Dateline NBC
8 p.m. Reruns

SUNDAY (fall)
6 p.m. Football Night in America
7 p.m. Sunday Night Football

SUNDAY (starting in January)
6 p.m. Dateline NBC
7 p.m. Law & Order (new night)
8 p.m. Medium (new night)
9 p.m. Lipstick Jungle (new)

New Program Descriptions


JOURNEYMAN A man who has it all -- a loving wife, son and a lucrative career -- takes a complete turn and suddenly finds himself traveling into the past to impact people’s lives, good or bad. While taking this journey, he reconnects with an ex-fiancé, who perished in a mysterious plane crash but can now potentially survive with the knowledge he has. Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Gretchen Egol, Brian Howe, Kevin McKidd and Charlie Wyson star.

CHUCK Zachery Levi (Less Than Perfect) plays Chuck, a nerdy computer tech with a database of government secrets downloaded into his brain who inadvertently becomes the government’s most powerful weapon. The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and director McG are the creators of Chuck.

THE BIONIC WOMAN In this remake of the original 1976-78 ABC/NBC sci-fi adventure, British actress Michelle Ryan has been cast a Jaime Sommers, a woman who finds a new lease on life when her body parts are replaced with extraordinary artificial parts after a horrific accident. Mel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) plays the head of the government agency that rebuilt her; Chris Bowers (Rescue Me) is her boyfriend.

LIFE After an ex-cop (Damian Lewis) who rejoins the force after being wrongfully imprisoned finds challenges and obstacles in a world that has moved on without him.


THE IT CROWD (midseason) Based on the hit British series, two Information Technology geeks (Joel McHale, Richard Ayoade) seek the help of their “cool” new office manager (Jessica St. Clair) to help them get the recognition they are so desperately looking for.


THE SINGING BEE This eight week reality/competition will challenge the contestants to accurately sing along to the lyrics of popular songs – even when the band stops playing. Editor's Note: Now if the songs were SHOW tunes.....

WORLD MOVES (midseason) This new talent competition from American Idol host Randy Jackson will feature dance teams from around the world looking to win an international touring contract.


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