May 17th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

NBC thinks scripted this fall

Last year at this time, NBC was touting "The Jay Leno Show" as the future of television.  Hopes were high that Leno in prime time would revitalize a network struggling in the ratings.  That didn't happen, and Leno has returned to late night.

Now, NBC is getting back to basics, unveiling a fall schedule that's heavy in new scripted programming.  Five dramas and two comedies join the Peacock lineup this fall, as well as one new "reality" show.


Monday (all times Eastern):

8 p.m. - "Chuck"

9 p.m. - "The Event"

10 p.m. - "Chase"


8 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"

10 p.m. - "Parenthood"


8 p.m. - "Undercovers"

9 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Los Angeles"


8 p.m. - "Community"

8 p.m. - "30 Rock" (new time slot)

9 p.m. - "The Office"

9:30 p.m. - "Outsourced"

10 p.m. - "Love Bites"


8 p.m. - "Who Do You Think You Are?"/"School Pride"

9 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"

10 p.m. - "Outlaw"


Various reruns


7 p.m. - "Football Night in America"

8:15 p.m. - "Sunday Night Football"

Surprise renewal: For the second year in a row, it has to be "Chuck," which is developing quite the knack for avoiding cancellation despite questionable ratings.

Surprise cancellations: The original "Law & Order" won't get the chance to become the longest-running drama in TV history, with production ending after 20 seasons.  Cult fave "Heroes" got canned after four seasons.  There are reports that both shows may get proper farewells in the form of TV movies, but we'll have to wait and see on that.

Surprise time slot change: Critically acclaimed but ratings starved "30 Rock" gets moved from 9:30 to 8:30 on Thursday nights.  Amy Poehler's "Parks and Recreation" gets moved to midseason as a result.

A look at the new shows:

"The Event" -  NBC describes this show as a "high-octane conspiracy thriller" about a man who exposes the biggest cover-up in U.S. history while probing the disappearance of his fiancee.  If the plot sounds a little like "24," there may be a reason for that - "Event" executive producer Evan Katz served a similar role on "24".

"Chase" - Jerry Bruckheimer brings his style of police procedural to NBC, as a team of U.S. marshals track down fugitives.

"Undercovers" - J.J. Abrams ("Lost") is behind this spy drama about a married couple lured back into the world of espionage to locate and rescue a friend, who went missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" - little is known about this fourth spinoff in the "Law & Order" series, outside of it being set in southern California.

"Outsourced" - a sitcom about a U.S. novelty company worker who's sent to India to run the company's call center.

"Love Bites" - this is an hour-long comedy anthology that could be described as "The Love Boat" without the boat.  The show is anchored by Becki Newton and Jordana Spiro, who play two single women looking for love.  Like "Love Boat" decades before, guests stars will come and go, interacting with Newton, Spiro and others.

"School Pride" - a "reality" series about communities coming together to renovate their public schools.

"Outlaw" - Jimmy Smits plays a former U.S. Supreme Court justice who returns to private practice to fight for the little guy.  Believe it or not, Conan O'Brien is one of the executive producers of this legal drama.

In addition to "Parks and Recreation," NBC's midseason will mark the return of "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Minute to Win It," as well as a Paul Reiser sitcom and a restaurant "reality" show hosted by Bobby Flay.

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  1. mushymushroom

    Chuck is fine!
    Way to go Nerd Herd...

    May 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. richy

    its a rip off of Hockey Night in Canada. I love football but that name is so dumb

    May 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dianefernandez

    so happy Jimmy Smits is coming back to primetime.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rupert

    Football Night in America has to be one of the most awkward names for anything. It sounds like someone translated it out of spanish or something. Also can anyone prove that Chuck is actually a real show that comes on tv? I have only seen commercials for it.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. red

    I don't see Mercy on here – guess that means it's not coming back...

    May 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KO

    How is 30 Rock airing at the same time as Community? That's not such a great new time slot.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Weirdness

    Heroes deserved a longer run, and do we really need another cop or lawyer or doctor show?

    May 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ed Weirdness

    Chuck is remarkably well written, and the production values are likewise excellent. The ensemble cast is attractive and the story line is interesting. Chuck deserves to keep going. It's one of the few shows I look forward to.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BJ

    where is Friday Night Lights? and how stupid to take off L&O..some of these new shows sound, well, stupid! we shall see

    May 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. debra

    The only thing worth watching on NBC L & O SVU

    May 17, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

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