Amidst Controversy, NBC Unveils ‘New’ Weekly Schedule

As Jay Leno heads back to host The Tonight Show, NBC has unveiled its plans to program the 10 p.m. weeknight hour. Effective the first week of March, granddaddy Law & Order will move to Monday at 10 p.m., with back-to-back episodes slated from 9-11 p.m. that first Monday and Trauma returning to the 9 p.m. hour on March 8. 

Parenthood, the long-awaited remake of the Ron Howard theatrical of the same name, will lead out of the two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser on Tuesday. Law & Order: SVU will return to Wednesday at 10 p.m. (out of a repeat episode), while new Jerry Seinfeld reality hour The Marriage Ref will populate the Thursday 10 p.m. time period. Newsmagazine Dateline will be expanded to two hours on Friday.

Replacing Law & Order as the Friday 8 p.m. anchor will be new reality series Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5. Feel-good (but low-rated) Friday Night Lights will return to the time period on April 30. On Sunday, new game show Minute to Win It will inherit the 8 p.m. hour on March 14, leading to the return of Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11 p.m.  

Here is NBC’s overall new schedule beginning in March (with new shows in caps):


8:00 p.m.: Chuck

9:00 p.m.: Trauma (returns on March 8)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order (effective March 1)


8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (two hours)

10:00 p.m. PARENTHOOD (effective March 2)


8:00 p.m.: Mercy

9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (effective March 3)


8:00 p.m.: Community

8:30 p.m.  Parks and Recreation

9:00 p.m.: The Office

9:30 p.m.: 30 Rock

10:00 p.m. THE MARRIAGE REF (effective March 4)


8:00 p.m.: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (effective March 5, Friday Night Lights on April 30)

9:00 p.m.: Dateline (two hours effective on March 5)


8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (R)

9:00 p.m.: Law  Order (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)


7:00 p.m.: Dateline

8:00 p.m.: MINUTE TO WIN IT (effective March 14)

9:00 p.m.: Celebrity Apprentice (two hours, season premiere on March 14)