This week all of the big networks will be unveiling their fall TV schedules to advertisers and the media confirming all of the anticipated cancellations and new series pickups that we’ve been waiting to hear about. NBC was first out of the gate last night. With a dearth of programming due to the Jay Leno debacle, the network picked up ton of new series that will premiere in the fall and at midseason. Let’s take a look at the highlights and the new schedule below including the surprise time slot move of 30 Rock (now at 8:30 on Thursdays).
The Good: Chuck is renewed for a 4th season! Parenthood and Parks and Recreation are back!
The Bad: Buh Bye to Law & Order (which now will have to settle with Gunsmoke for the longest running scripted series in history at 20 seasons)… They’re holding Parks and Recreation to midseason. This is a big mistake if you ask me. Not only is the show on a creative role and will be adding new star the hilarious Adam Scott (Party Down) and special guest star Rob Lowe, but it’s been getting a lot of media and critical buzz. It also means that you’ll have to wait next year to see my delightful little role on the show. =(
The Eh: Cancellations of Mercy, Trauma, Heroes
The Yay: No Jay Leno in primetime!
Here’s the Full NBC Fall Schedule~
8-9 p.m: Chuck
9-10 p.m: The Event (new)~ a conspiracy thriller with Jason Ritter, Laura Innes, Zeljko Ivanek and more.
10-11 p.m.: Chase (new)~ about U.S. marchalls hunting down dangerous fugitives
8-10 p.m.: The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m.: Parenthood
8-9 p.m.: Undercovers (new)~ kind of like Mr. & Mrs. Smith for TV from J.J. Abrams!
9-10 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11 p.m.: Law & Order: Los Angeles (new)~ exactly what you think it is
8- 8:30 p.m.: Community
8:30-9 p.m.: 30 Rock
9-9:30 p.m.: The Office
9:30-10 p.m.: Outsourced (new)~ a new comedy about an I.T. group in India that looks promising
10-11 p.m.: Love Bites (new)~ a delightful new romantic comedy starring Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton!
8-9 p.m.: Who Do You Think You Are?/School Pride (new)
9-10 p.m.: Dateline NBC
10-11 p.m.: Outlaw (new) a law show with Jimmy Smits
7- 8:15 p.m.: Football Night in America
8:15-11:30 p.m.: NBC Sunday Night Football
7-8 p.m.: Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. – Minute to Win It
9-11 p.m. – The Celebrity Apprentice
Also coming midseason are the aforementioned Parks and Recreation, and the new comedies Friends With Benefits, The Paul Reiser Show, Perfect Couples, as well as new dramas The Cape and Harry’s Law (with Kathy Bates). For more on NBC’s new fall schedule and full descriptions of the new series, click here.