NBC Unveils New Line-Up; CBS to Announce This Afternoon

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
NBC in 2009-10:

Four New Series This Fall; At Least Four More in Midseason

Upfront Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Note: Due to the network upfront announcements, The Programming Insider will focus solely on the new primetime schedules for the remainder of the week. The regularly scheduled sections will return on Tuesday, May 26.

NBC in 2009-10:

Four New Series This Fall; At Least Four More in Midseason


Led, of course, by the 10 p.m. weeknight arrival of talker The Jay Leno Show and the return of Sunday Night Football, NBC’s main priority is to tighten the Monday to Friday 8-10 p.m. block. With that in mind, the network will introduce four new series this fall (dramas Trauma and Parenthood; sitcom Community; and aforementioned The Jay Leno Show), with changes impacting six nights of the week. 


Monday will open with Heroes at the earlier 8 p.m. hour, followed by new medical drama Trauma at 9 p.m. and Leno at 10 p.m. The Biggest Loser will remain two hours this fall on Tuesday, leading into Leno, but the midseason edition will be trimmed to 90-minutes, segueing into new sitcom 100 Questions at 9:30 p.m. Parenthood, a new family drama, will anchor Wednesday, followed by relocated Law & Order: SVU and the Leno talker. Thursdays this fall will open with short-flight SNL Weekend Update, which is expected to air for six weeks, followed by returning comedies Parks & Recreation and The Office from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Community, a new sitcom, will temporarily inherit the 9:30 p.m. half hour until it moves to 8 p.m. once SNL Weekend Update Thursday departs. At that point, 30 Rock will open its new season, leading into Leno.


Law & Order, which has been renewed for a 20th season (tying Gunsmoke as the longest running scripted drama in the history of television), will relocate to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by sophomore Southland and, again, the Leno talker. A Saturday edition of Dateline will anchor the HUT-challenged evening, followed by repeats of Trauma and Law & Order: SVU from 9-11 p.m. this fall (and Southland and SVU in midseason). Aforementioned Sunday Night Football will cap off the week, and will be replaced by the rotation of Dateline, new non-scripted entry The Marriage Ref and another two-hour edition of Celebrity Apprentice in midseason.


Also on NBC in midseason is the return of Chuck Mondays at 8 p.m. (in place of Heroes, which has a limited number of new episodes ordered), followed by new sci-fi drama Day One at 9 p.m. Mercy, a new medical drama, will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in place of Parenthood. Expected to join the NBC roster later in the season are new non-scripted entries Breakthrough With Tony Robbins and Who Do You Think You Are? 


Not returning on NBC next season is Deal or No Deal, My Name is Earl (which was not picked up by Fox as rumored), Medium (which could end up on CBS out of Ghost Whisperer on Friday), sophomore dramas Life and Lipstick Jungle, veteran ER and recently introduced non-scripted series Howie Do It, Momma’s Boys, Superstars of Dance and The Chopping Block. Fall 2008 entries America’s Toughest Jobs, Crusoe, Kath & Kim, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy were canceled earlier this season.  


“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with The Jay Leno Show at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “We’re incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, Community and Parenthood.”