January 14th, 2010
05:38 PM ET

NBC unveils new prime-time schedule

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“The Jay Leno Show” as we know it will be kicked back to late night once the Winter Olympics start, and although NBC doesn’t know much right now, they at least know how they’re going to fill those five vacant hours at 10 p.m.

It’ll mainly be a lot of “Law & Order,” as everyone predicted, but NBC also has a few new curveballs to throw in.

New drama series “Parenthood,” based on the 1989 comedy-drama with Steve Martin, premieres Tuesday, March 2, heralding the return of Lauren Graham, aka Lorelai from “Gilmore Girls,” to prime time. The hour-long show will be followed by Jerry Seinfeld’s new venture, “The Marriage Ref,” pitched as a “comedy panel series about marriage” (read: “Seinfeld” meets “Wife Swap”). A sneak preview will air after the Closing Ceremony for the Winter Olympics, and the show will officially start on March 4 at 10 p.m.

Lisa Kudrow is making a return to her former network home on a show called “Who Do You Think You Are,” which lets you get inside the family history of celebrities. No, really – they’ve partnered with Ancestry.com to pull this off. On top of Kudrow, there's Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Broderick to look forward to.

“Minute to Win It,” a new reality series, enters the Sunday night line up at 8 p.m. starting March 14.

Here’s the breakdown of the post-Olympics schedule; all times are EST, and new shows are in upper case.


8-9 p.m. – “Chuck”

9-10 p.m. – “Trauma” (beginning March 8 )

10-11 p.m. –“Law & Order” (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. (ET); resumes in regular time slot March 8 )


8-10 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”

10-11 p.m. – “PARENTHOOD” (premieres March 2)


8-9 p.m. – “Mercy”

9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encores beginning March 3)

10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (originals beginning March 3)


8-8:30 p.m. – “Community”

8:30-9 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. – “30 Rock”

10-11 p.m. – “THE MARRIAGE REF” (premieres March 4; sneak preview February 28 )


8-9 p.m. – “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” (premieres March 5; “Friday Night Lights” returns on April 30)

9-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (begins March 5)

SATURDAYS (all beginning March 6)

8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (encore episode) 9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order” (encore episode)

10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore episode)

SUNDAYS (all beginning March 14)

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “MINUTE TO WIN IT” (premieres March 14)

9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice” (season premiere March 14)

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  1. Kris B

    Just how many nights of Law and Order do they think people really want to watch? NBC has messed up all the way WHY AREN'T THEY FIRING PEOPLE I think anyone could do a better job in programming it is so boring.

    January 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kristin

    Boring. I think anyone could do a better job in programming than NBC execs...don't they have any originality?

    January 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenneth

    I wont be watching NBC once Conan is gone. Not even for NFL when it returns. Id rather listen to it on the radio and buy the Conan Episodes of the Tonight Show to watch over and over.

    January 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. denvergradstudent

    Seriously, WHY AREN'T THEY FIRING PEOPLE??????

    January 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Teresa

    NBC has messed up all the way around. First they let "Medium" get moved to CBS, then after Jay Leno RETIRED from the Tonight Show that should have been it. Let Jay Leno go off and do his thing somewhere else. Conan moved to California, which is the last place a man that pale needs to be, uprooted his family and even if he gets the 30 million to buy out his contract he has been professionally insulted by NBC. The Law & Order shows are on USA, TNT, Bravo,Oxygen, and several local stations. As far as I am concerned L&O has paid NBC's bills for years. So NBC does not need to lose good shows like Medium and Heros and Conan. Why not put Jay on SNL and let him try to really take a show and turn it into something funny again!!!

    January 16, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. amy

    Trauma is awesome, so I guess there is at least one show on this poor excuse for a channel I'll watch. Just how many nights of Law and Order do they think people really want to watch? I agree with michael.. they should just go ahead and change to name to the Law and Order channel!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tia

    Heroes isn't listed! *gasp* Peter Petrelli hasn't made a shirtless appearance in season 4 yet. oh why NBC why are you ruining it???!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lori

    I wish they would bring back Life and the new Knight Rider. I loved them both and if it were not for the Law and Orders I would not watch NBC either.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    NBC used to mean "Natinal Broadcasting Company". Now it's "NoBody Cares!"

    January 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nikki

    What happened NBC? I remember U were the only channel I would ever watch, now I don't even know any of your shows!! Does SNL still come on NBC????

    January 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa

    Conan was MUCH funnier before he took over the Tonight Show and stifled his humor. He'll be far better off wherever he goes. Maybe he will go back to being the Conan from before that we knew and loved...not the commercialized, toned-down-for-the-earlier-time-slot version that everyone says they like. I suspect that everyone who is boo hoo-ing about him now is not the same audience who watched him from the beginning. He is NOT the same late show guy that he used to be at all. Hopefully, he will move on to FOX or ABC and be given the freedom to bring his originality and quirkiness back.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Braves22

    I agree...once Conan is gone so am I...

    You have lost another viewer based upon your own stupidity NBC...shame on you!

    January 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kendra

    I only watch NBC for: 1) Conan 2) Thursdays 8-10 lineup and 3) Football

    If they pull Conan I will stop watching NBC altogether...aside from football of course. I will catch my Thursday night lineup online.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NoGoodWritersAnymore

    I remember when they had "must see tv" and it was the only network that I truly liked most of their dramas and sitcoms. There seems to be no good writers for sitcoms anymore. The sitcoms that are there are just stupid. Reality shows have ruined tv for me for the most part. At first interesting, but then too much! I want to be entertained and laugh, not sucked into other people's madeup or blown out of portion drama. All networks should listen up, we need good unbiased news reporting and good entertainment.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jody

    There isn't anything that excites me with the new line-up. I'm sick of 'reality' TV and the new NBC line-up involves too many re-runs. Not impressed.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Suzy

    Remakes and reality, with a side of Law and Order v1 v2 v3 v4??

    Must Flee TV.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dawn

    what about LIFE they should bring it back

    January 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jarvis s

    what about GOOD TIMES and MARTIN?

    January 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Paul Hooper

    NBC will still remain #3, with this line up...........

    January 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Carolyn

    NBC... remember when they had actual "must see tv"? Friends, Seinfeld, etc.? That's the last time I remember the network being any good. Sad.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  21. Kevin

    That is just sad so sad. No wonder I rarely watch network TV. Thank god for DVRs.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  22. patty v

    Once they pull Conan I'll never watch NBC again.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Brian

    Why not just switch Conan to 10:00 Monday – Friday with Jay at 11:35?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  24. David G

    And don't forget the New Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and the Tonight Show Classic with Jay Leno!!

    January 15, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. norez

    I'd watch the Leno show over any of these new shows, judging by their descriptions. And I'd NEVER watch the Leno show voluntarily.

    Hey NBC, bring back "Manimal" and "Misfits of Science," why doncha?

    January 15, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. Daniel Skinner

    Southland moved to TNT.

    January 15, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. Spornk

    Yay– glad to see Lauren Graham returning to TV!

    January 15, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  28. ND

    bring back life!

    January 15, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  29. idk

    Friday Night Lights got picked up by a satellite company's 101 channel for new episodes ... not sure when it starts, but its only on that network.

    I agree with JS ... once Conan is gone, so will NBC off my dial. Medium got picked up by CBS and the forgotten is such a great show. It would be hard for NBC to win me back, Law & Order or anything else.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  30. Laura

    What happened to Friday Night Lights? Is it coming back or what?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. JS

    I won't be watching NBC for one second once Conan's gone- until next football season. Current NBC is the worst network in history.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Michael

    Why don't they just go ahead and change their name to "LOC" the Law & Order Channel.

    January 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lisa

    Southland started on Tuesday @ TNT this week, running repeats for now.

    January 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  34. reggie

    what about heroes? is it getting cancelled????

    January 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sara

    Bring back Southland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  36. I love Sandra

    I'm still looking forward to "Apprentice".

    January 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |

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