Go to that link to get descriptions for all the new shows. Most interesting to me, however, is a yet unknown spin-off of "The Office" that will air after the Super Bowl in February 2009.
In terms of returning shows, basically every scripted show that wasn't already announced as ended (Bionic Woman, Journeyman, Las Vegas, Scrubs) is coming back.
Chuck, Heroes, Biggest Loser: Families, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Deal or No Deal, Lipstick Jungle, My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office, ER, Celebrity Apprentice, Life, Friday Night Lights, Medium, American Gladiators, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, and Nashville Star are all listed as coming back sometime in the next 12 months.
The three editions of "Thursday Night Live" leading up to the election have the potential to be decent except that the task of now writing two hours of material in a week could tax the crew as well as cannibalize decent skits from the Saturday flagship. Plus the high expectations for the show coming off their decent spring (and airing in the time slot following The Office). It'll be interesting, but I don't know how good it'll be.
Yay Chuck! (Not that we didn't know this already, but Yay Chuck!) With Pushing Daisies back on ABC I'll still have both my Chucks.
Originally posted by Mr. Boffo Chuck, Heroes, Biggest Loser: Families, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, Deal or No Deal, Lipstick Jungle, My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office, ER, Celebrity Apprentice, Life, Friday Night Lights, Medium, American Gladiators, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, and Nashville Star are all listed as coming back sometime in the next 12 months.
NBC preview site (nbc.com), includes some shows that aren't mentioned in the main press release, including a couple of more adaptions from the BBC- an American version of Top Gear, and Who Do You Think You Are?, celebrities researching their family trees.
In any event, this is an early release, though according to the Futon Critic, not the first- we missed presentations by Nickelodeon, the SciFi Channel, USA AND Hallmark. A bunch of cable networks have their presentations throughout the month, and the major networks in the traditional May slots:
May 12- NBC (Part 2) May 13- ABC/ESPN May 14- CBS May 15- Fox, The CW
IMDB.com has more on Friday Night Lights being a DirecTV only show. I have never seen the show, but I would be pissed if I was as fan as I have Comcast (not for very much longer), but I guess that new episodes are being produced should make fans happy. At the very least, they COULD be repeat on Bravo or something a few months after the shows are first run.
'Friday Night Lights' Remain Lit Saying that he had "structured an innovative deal" with DirecTV to keep Friday Night Lights alive, NBC Entertainment Co-Chairman Ben Silverman announced Wednesday that the critically praised but low-rated series would return to the air next fall with all-new episodes that would first air on the home-satellite company's entertainment channel, The 101, beginning in October and then rerun on NBC early next year. In a conference call with reporters, Silverman said that he wanted to save the show because "if I had one more person on a plane tell me it's their favorite show, I was going to lose my mind." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and on its face it would appear to guarantee that ratings for the series would remain low, since many of those watching it on DirecTV would unlikely tune in again for the reruns on NBC. That prospect did not appear to faze Silverman, who said that the deal allowed NBC "to have this jewel of a show and not even need to expand its audience to succeed on a financial basis." In a statement, Friday Night Lights executive producer Peter Berg said that he is "excited to be a part of something that feels legitimately groundbreaking, and new."
The Futon Critic has a thing here Click Here (thefutoncritic.com)
Looks like a good week of stuff. I've seen most of the matches on the CHIKARA disc already (they are from 2005 and 2006) and it's a great sampler for those who are curious about the promotion. The disc is less than $10 on Amazon.