THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Monday, May 17, 2010
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NBC, the first network to unveil its 2010-11 primetime schedule plans, will introduce eight new series this fall (five dramas, two comedies and one non-scripted hour), with changes impacting four nights of the week. Aggressive is clearly the observation given the also six new entries slated for midseason (and, of course, the absence of ill-fated The Jay Leno Show as a five-night strip).
Chuck, one of the many “on the fence” series, has received a reprieve and will remain the Monday night anchor despite its current fourth-place time period status. Freshman dramas The Event and Chase, a new hour from Jerry Bruckheimer, will air from 9-11 p.m. on Monday. Tuesday will remain intact with another two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser and sophomore returnee Parenthood, while Wednesday is a night of crime dramas, anchored by new J.J. Abrams hour Undercovers, followed by relocated Law & Order: SVU and upcoming spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles. No specific details are available about Law & Order: Los Angeles at press time.
Sophomore sitcom Community, which struggled all season anchoring Thursday, will remain in the 8 p.m. slot, followed by relocated 30 Rock, returning The Office and a new comedy called Outsourced, which incorporates the office theme in a very different setting. Capping off Thursday is hour-long romantic themed comedy Love Bites. Parks and Recreation, currently airing at 8:30 p.m., will be pushed back to midseason, as will current Thursday 10 p.m. occupant The Marriage Ref.
NBC will open Friday with returning Who Do You Think You Are? sharing the 8 p.m. hour with a new non-scripted hour called School Pride. Dateline will be pared down to an hour and will air at 9 p.m., leading into new drama Outlaw, headlined Jimmy Smits. Encore programming will remain on Saturday, with Sunday Night Football a welcome returnee and one of the few nights NBC is guaranteed ample sampling. Replacing football in midseason will be Dateline at 7 p.m., followed by returning game show Minute to Win It at 8 p.m. and another two-hour edition of The Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11 p.m.
Not returning on NBC are dramas Heroes, Mercy, Trauma and 20-year-veteran Law & Order, which will not surpass Gunsmoke as the longest running scripted drama in the history of television.
Here is NBC’s fall 2010, with the new shows capped, followed by the new program descriptions.
10:00 p.m. CHASE
10:00 p.m. Parenthood
10:00 p.m. LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES
10:00 p.m. LOVE BITES
8:00 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? / SCHOOL PRIDE
10:00 p.m. OUTLAW
10:00 p.m. Encore programming
New Program Descriptions
Reminiscent of classic anthology Love, American Style, hour-long comedy anthology Love Bites features three loosely connected stories of love, sex, dating and marriage in each episode. Becki Newton and Jordana Spiro (My Boys) will anchor each story, which will feature a rotation of guest stars.
A customer service manager (Ben Rappaport) in Kansas City is sent to India to train his replacement after his department is outsourced. Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), Jessica Gower and Rizwan Manji co-star.