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post #35041 of 93827
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Nah, thanks, but readers of this thread are well accustomed to my typos.

Not to make it worse, but I'm pretty sure tonight isn't the season finale for SVU. Along with Medium and the original L&O, NBC is holding the finales back until the first week of June, in order to help promote the premiere week of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
post #35042 of 93827
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WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Hank"
8:30 p.m. "The Middle"
9:00 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "Cougar Town"
10:00 p.m. "Eastwick"

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters"

An all-new-from-top-to-bottom Wednesday for ABC, same as last year. And is it me or is ABC's Sunday night block in danger of becoming the new NBC Thursday block of aging shows that weren't prepared for change and got swept by changes from its competitors? Everything on Sunday was way down in the ratings this year, especially "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Desperate Housewives." If a new hit develops this season among the new shows ABC might want to think of shipping it to Sunday night to start preparing the schedule for a much needed injection of new blood.
post #35043 of 93827
RockyF,

You may be right.
2 Weeks ago, at the end of the episode, there was no mention of a season finale. The only thing said was "In 2 weeks, catch a new episode of SVU"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203259/episodes#season-10

Season 10, Episode 21: Liberties
Original Air Date—19 May 2009


Season 10, Episode 22: Zebras
Original Air Date—2 June 2009

I think the June 2nd will be the season finale?
post #35044 of 93827
Last month there were some articles referring to NBC's decision to end some series season's during the first week of Conan's premiere on the Tonight show. They wanted to use the finale's as a marketing vehicle.
post #35045 of 93827
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You all are correct, my sources were in error. Thanks.
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TV Sports
NFL Network, Comcast reach carriage deal
Agree to settle related legal disputes
By Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, May 19, 2009

NEW YORK -- Comcast Corp. and the National Football League have put their differences aside and reached a new, long-term carriage agreement.

They have also agreed to settle the related legal disputes and discontinue pending legal actions before the Federal Communications Commission and a New York state court.

The carriage agreement covers the network, VOD for Comcast's Digital Classic cable customers and the ability to offer the NFL's RedZone Channel when it is created.

Comcast will begin repositioning NFL Network from its Sports Entertainment Package to the Digital Classic level of service with a full launch by Aug. 1. This will allow the network to reach nearly two-thirds of the company's digital customer base.

"We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the NFL," said Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts. "Working together, we have struck the right balance between value and distribution on a variety of viewing platforms."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was "very pleased that NFL Network and other NFL content will be widely distributed in millions of more homes on Comcast's service."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3ie1ce596d1213e2c2ae12b282fb1ee357
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TV Sports
NFL, Comcast reach long-term carriage agreement for NFL Network
From the National Football League

PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK – Comcast Corporation and the National Football League announced today that they have reached a new, long-term agreement regarding carriage of NFL Network and complete settlement of all outstanding legal disputes. The carriage agreement consists of a broad array of video content, including the live (24/7) Network, video on demand for Comcast’s Digital Classic cable customers, and the ability to offer the NFL’s RedZone Channel when it is created.

Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast will begin repositioning NFL Network from the Sports Entertainment Package to its Digital Classic level of service with a full launch by August 1, reaching nearly two-thirds of the company’s total digital customer base. In addition to NFL Network’s in-studio shows, commentary and live-game broadcasts, Comcast’s Digital Classic customers will now have access to a robust suite of NFL content On Demand, including game highlights, game replays, the “best” of NFL Films, players and coaches interviews, local team highlights, and other NFL programming whenever they want a piece of the action.

"We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the NFL,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “Our goal has always been to provide our digital customers with access to the NFL’s unique content and, working together, we have struck the right balance between value and distribution on a variety of viewing platforms. We are looking forward to bringing the NFL’s programming to our customers just in time for the start of the NFL season.”

“We are very pleased that NFL Network and other NFL content will be widely distributed in millions of more homes on Comcast’s service,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We look forward to having NFL Network’s coverage of training camps and the preseason showcased this summer on Comcast. NFL Network is the only TV channel devoted exclusively to football 24/7, 365 days a year.”

The NFL and Comcast will take immediate joint action to discontinue pending legal actions before the Federal Communications Commission and a New York state court.
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TV Sports
Comcast and NFL Reach Long-Term Agreement for NFL Network
From Comcast

Comcast and the NFL announced today that they have reached a new, long-term agreement regarding carriage of NFL Network and complete settlement of all outstanding legal disputes. The carriage agreement consists of a broad array of video content, including the live (24/7) Network, video on demand for Comcast’s Digital Classic cable customers, and the ability to offer the NFL’s RedZone Channel when it is created.

Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast will begin repositioning NFL Network from the Sports Entertainment Package to its Digital Classic level of service with a full launch by August 1, reaching nearly two-thirds of the company’s total digital customer base. In addition to NFL Network’s in-studio shows, commentary and live-game broadcasts, Comcast’s Digital Classic customers will now have access to a robust suite of NFL content On Demand, including game highlights, game replays, the “best” of NFL Films, players and coaches interviews, local team highlights, and other NFL programming whenever they want a piece of the action.

The NFL and Comcast will take immediate joint action to discontinue pending legal actions before the Federal Communications Commission and a New York state court.
post #35049 of 93827
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The 2009-2010 Season
“Chuck” Renewed
The Official Annoouncement
NBC News Release

NBC RENEWS POPULAR ACTION-COMEDY ‘CHUCK’ FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON WITH SUBWAY AS MAJOR SPONSOR

Innovative Advertising Partnership With Subway Validates NBC’s Early “Infront” Process


Renewal Represents Triumph for Fans and TV Critics Who Waged Successful Online and Twitter “Save Chuck” Campaign Supported by Subway

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - NBC is pleased to announce that due to an innovative advertising partnership with Subway, the fan-favorite and critically-lauded series “Chuck” will return for the 2009-10 season. The announcement was made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and Mike Pilot, President, Sales and Marketing, NBC Universal.

“This innovative partnership is a perfect example of the effectiveness of the NBC Infront,” said Silverman. “By involving Subway early in the process, we were able to bring a quality show like ‘Chuck’ back to NBC for next season. Everybody wins — NBC, Subway, and the loyal fans who so enthusiastically lobbied for ‘Chuck’s’ renewal.”

“The synergy of the deal with Subway validates the Infront process,” added Pilot. “Our goal with the Infront is to initiate early and ongoing dialogue with our advertising clients regarding the network’s programming. We were thrilled when Subway, who had been integrated into the show lately, expressed a desire to expand their relationship with the series in a creative way.”

“Our customers love ‘Chuck’ so we are happy to help bring the show back through our partnership with NBC,” said Tony Pace, Chief Marketing Officer, SFAFT. “We have been working with NBC Universal extensively, well beyond the traditional upfront marketplace discussions, to craft ground-breaking, multi-platform deals, which we believe provide a more engaging way of getting our messages to our consumer audiences. And, since program development is essentially year round, we have found NBC’s Infront process to be helpful in that we can be part of the conversation as programming decisions are made.”

The multi-platform partnership with Subway will offer a variety of opportunities that will include significant integration into the show, as well as traditional advertising tie-ins.

“Chuck” has been heralded by TV Guide as classic TV escapism — a funny, smart, stylish, silly action comedy, a hoot with heart, pure entertainment that mixes danger, humor and romance in a satisfying package.”

In its second season, “Chuck” averaged a 2.8 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall in a highly competitive time period that includes competition from Fox’s “House,” ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother.” “Chuck” over-delivered in upscale households, scoring a 115 index of adults 18-49 living in homes with $75,000+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes in the general 18-49 population) and generated 28 percent of its adult 18-49 audience through DVR time-shifting. The February 2 “3-D” episode of “Chuck” (3.0 rating, 7 share in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) nabbed NBC’s highest non-Olympic 18-49 rating in the time period since February 25, 2008.
post #35050 of 93827
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I suppose one of each week's mysteries will now focus on which $5 Subway sandwich Chuck will order.

(Reliable reports have it the show will return after the Winter Olympics conclude.)
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC cuts fall season in two
Shows to be rotated in and out of time periods
By Michael Schneider, Variety, May 19, 2009

NBC is splitting the next TV season into two halves, making good on its promise to rotate shows in and out of time periods throughout the year.

That means returning Monday night skeins "Heroes" and "Chuck" will now share a Monday at 8 p.m. time slot - with "Heroes" in the fall and "Chuck" in the spring. Ditto new skeins "Parenthood" and "Mercy," which will split the seasons ("Parenthood" in fall, "Mercy" in spring) on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

And new actioners "Trauma" and "Day One" will split the Monday 9 p.m. spot.

According to the Peacock, the split seasons are necessary because of the Winter Olympics, which will carve the year into clean halves for the net. But it's also a function of the net having limited shelf space, thanks to "The Jay Leno" strip at 10 p.m.

"NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with "The Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m.," said NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chair Ben Silverman.

Despite speculation that NBC might split "The Biggest Loser" into two nights, the reality show will remain a two-hour Tuesday night block in the fall. In the spring, "Loser" will collapse to 90 minutes, so that the net can launch the new laffer "100 Questions" behind it. (That follows a similar model employed by ABC on Monday nights with "Dancing with the Stars" in recent years.)

Keeping "Loser" intact is a safer bet, ratings-wise - but it now means that NBC, ABC and Fox will now all be battling each other with reality shows on Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - a competish that likely puts a smile on CBS exec faces.

On Thursdays, Peacock will use its "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" limited-run half-hour to launch its two-hour comedy block; new laffer "Community," which has already earned strong buzz, will bow in the 9:30 p.m. slot behind "The Office."

But once "SNL" finishes its Thursday tour of duty, "Community" will be immediately tested - by taking over that lead 8 p.m. slot. That's because "30 Rock" will nestle back into its traditional 9:30 p.m. home.

In one surprise, the "Law & Order" mother ship - thought to be benched until midseason - will show up in the fall, at 8 p.m. on Fridays. That will set up a night of justice for the net, as "L&O" will be paired with the return of "Southland."

"Law & Order: SVU," meanwhile, will stay on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. throughout the year.

As for Sundays, after football completes its run, the net will turn the night into a reality showcase. New unscripted skein "Marriage Ref" will air at 8 p.m., leading into the return of the two-hour "Celebrity Apprentice" in midseason.

Saturday will continue to be the home for repeats, with "SVU" at 10 p.m. and a mix of "Trauma" (fall) and "Southland" (spring) at 9 p.m. "Dateline NBC" will air on the night at 8 p.m.

NBC airs the Winter Olympics from Feb. 12 to 28, 2010; NBC's midseason sked will launch after that.

Not on the schedule: "My Name is Earl" and "Medium," both of which have been canceled by NBC. But neither show is dead quite yet: 20th Century Fox and its sister Fox net plan to hold meetings in the coming weeks to see if they can come to a deal on moving "Earl" there. And "Medium" may very likely move to CBS, where the Eye could easily stick the show on Friday nights, pairing it with the like-minded "Ghost Whisperer."

Here are NBC's two schedules:

FALL:

Monday:
8: "Heroes"
9: "Trauma" (new drama)
10: "Jay Leno"

Tuesday:
8: "The Biggest Loser"
10: "Jay Leno"

Wednesday:
8: "Parenthood" (new drama)
9: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10: "Jay Leno"

Thursday:
8: "SNL Weekend Update Thursday"
8:30: "Parks and Recreation"
9: "The Office"
9:30: "Community"
10: "Jay Leno"

Thursday (after "SNL" ends):
8: "Community" (new series)
8:30: Parks and Recreation"
9: "The Office"
9:30: "30 Rock"
10: "Jay Leno"

Friday:
8: "Law & Order"
9: "Southland"
10: "Jay Leno"

Saturday:
8: "Dateline NBC"
9: "Trauma" repeats;
10: "Law & Order: SVU" repeats

Sunday:
7: "Football Night in America"
8:20: "Sunday Night Football"


MIDSEASON:


8: "Chuck"
9: "Day One" (new drama)
10: "Jay Leno"

Tuesday:
8: "The Biggest Loser"
9:30: "100 Questions" (new comedy)
10: "Jay Leno"

Wednesday:
8: "Mercy" (new drama)
9: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10: "Jay Leno"

Thursday:
8: "Community" (new series)
8:30: Parks and Recreation"
9: "The Office"
9:30: "30 Rock";
10: "Jay Leno"

Friday:
8: "Law & Order"
9: "Southland"
10: "Jay Leno"

Saturday:
8: "Dateline NBC"
9: "Southland" repeats
10: "Law & Order: SVU" repeats

Sunday:
7: "Dateline NBC"
8: "The Marriage Ref" (new reality)
9: "Celebrity Apprentice"

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?lay...&categoryid=14
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC cancels 'Earl'; CBS cancels 'The Unit'

By James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter senior reporter, in his LiveFeed blog, May 19, 2009

CBS has canceled long-running Sunday night action-drama "The Unit" while NBC is putting an end to Thursday night comedy mainstay "My Name Is Earl."

The studio for both shows is 20th TV, which is talking to Fox and ABC about possibly picking up "Earl" to continue the show's run.

"Earl" averaged 4.5 million viewers and a 1.7 adult demo rating for its most recent run. "The Unit" pulled 9.6 million viewers and a 2.4 rating.


ABC in particular has been receptive to picking up rival shows, having taken "Scrubs" after NBC canceled the series and committing to up "The New Adventures of Old Christine" should CBS cancel the show (though there's still no word on "Christine," ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said this morning that last he heard CBS was renewing the show).

http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/05/cbs-c...-the-unit.html
post #35053 of 93827
^^^ What a risk-averse, lame schedule that is. Leno at 10 is throwing everything else in the schedule into odd times where they don't belong. "Law & Order" isn't an 8PM show on Fridays (which pretty much signals this is likely to be its final season), and neither is "SVU" on Wednesdays at 9. If it weren't for "Sunday Night Football" and the Winter Olympics NBC's schedule would be laughable in how, I don't know, CW-on-steroids it feels and comes across.
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC Upfront:
Splitting Seasons, Lots of Leno
By Josef Adalian, TVWeek, May 19, 2009

NBC is splitting its new series offerings between fall and winter, limiting its fourth-quarter debuts to two new dramas, one new sitcom—and a whole lot of Jay Leno.

The network also has passed on scheduling "Medium" and "My Name Is Earl," with both shows expected to either die or jump to another network.

For TVWeek's comprehensive coverage of the upfront presentations, visit the Upfront Navigator page.

NBC is moving one of its biggest hits, "Heroes," to 8 p.m. on Mondays in order to launch new drama "Trauma" at 9. "Chuck," which now airs in that timeslot, will stay on Mondays but hold off returning for season three until after the Olympics, where it will be the lead-in for new limited series "Day One."

"The Biggest Loser" stays put as a two-hour Tuesday block in the fall. Later in the year, it will shrink to 90 minutes, with new comedy "100 Questions" launching behind it.

"Parenthood" will kick off Wednesdays at 8, with "Law & Order: SVU" at 9.

Thursdays are stable, with the previously announced "Saturday Night Live" specials kicking off at 8, followed by "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office." New buzz comedy "Community" starts the season at 9:30, but eventually will move to 8 p.m.

Fridays will be crime time in primetime, with "Law & Order" leading into "Southland."

“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season, even with 'The Jay Leno Show' at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, co-chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “We’re incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, ‘Community’ and ‘Parenthood.’ We can’t wait for the fall.”

Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment for NBC and Universal Media Studios, said the network has chosen to put its new shows "in strategic timeslots that position them for success."

"They join some of the highest quality returning shows on television, which will serve as a strong foundation to the new schedule," she added. "I think viewers are going to be happy to see this lineup of great new shows that will truly fit the NBC legacy of quality, culturally defining shows."

Midseason, look for NBC to pair Jerry Seinfeld's reality show "The Marriage Ref" at 8 p.m. on Sundays, leading into the two-hour "Celebrity Apprentice."

http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/05/n...ng_seasons.php
post #35055 of 93827
yeah Leno can suck it. He's done, that's why he got kicked off Tonight Show - but he's a baby that will go to another network and they can't have that, so give him a 9PM show every night instead? Whatever, he's just going to tarnish he legacy and get canceled after 6 months. I really hope so at least.
post #35056 of 93827
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THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Flash Forward"

And Thursday night gets even more complicated. Lots of decisions in the fall.
post #35057 of 93827
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NBC's Jeff Zucker seemed pretty clear when he spoke (before the Leno announcement) a few months ago and complained how it was tough for his network to program three hours a night while Fox just programmed for two.

This schedule seems to even the field a bit.

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^^^ What a risk-averse, lame schedule that is. Leno at 10 is throwing everything else in the schedule into odd times where they don't belong. "Law & Order" isn't an 8PM show on Fridays (which pretty much signals this is likely to be its final season), and neither is "SVU" on Wednesdays at 9. If it weren't for "Sunday Night Football" and the Winter Olympics NBC's schedule would be laughable in how, I don't know, CW-on-steroids it feels and comes across.
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC Upfront:
The Official Announcement
(NBCU News Release) Published: May 19, 2009

NBC ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE BOLSTERED BY MORE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING THAN EVER BEFORE

Shared Time Period Strategy Around NBC’s Broadcast of 2010 Winter Olympics Along with Jay Leno at 10 p.m. Enables Network to Broadcast Original Programming Year-Round

Network Renews Returning Series "Law & Order" and "Chuck”

NEW YORK -- May 19, 2009 – NBC announced today its 2009-2010 schedule featuring more original programming than ever before and a shared time-period strategy around NBC’s Olympics platform that, along with “The Jay Leno Show” (Mondays-Fridays 10-11 p.m. ET), allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

In addition, NBC issued renewals to "Law & Order" and "Chuck” (see accompanying release) as part of its strong slate of new and returning shows announced recently at the network’s highly successful Infront.

“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “We’re incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, 'Community’ and ‘Parenthood.’ We can’t wait for the fall.”

"We are extremely proud to introduce these strong new series to NBC's schedule next season in strategic timeslots that position them for success," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "They join some of the highest quality returning shows on television, which will serve as a strong foundation to the new schedule. I think viewers are going to be happy to see this lineup of great new shows that will truly fit the NBC legacy of quality, culturally defining shows."

NBC’s shared time period strategy will kick off this fall on Mondays with the premiere of “Heroes” (8-9 p.m. ET) continuing with all originals before "Chuck” assumes the time period after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which will be a powerful launching platform with its broad, female appeal and strong ratings as the most-watched event of the year. Using "NBC Sunday Night Football's" potent promotional platform, the new high-octane drama "Trauma” will debut Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) with the epic event series "Day One” taking over the time period following the Olympics.

NBC’s successful "The Biggest Loser” series continues Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.) and will help launch the new Wednesday lineup this fall, with the new family drama “Parenthood” debuting (8-9 p.m. ET) and the new hospital drama "Mercy" assuming the time period post-Olympics. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will air 9-10 p.m. ET following “Parenthood.”

NBC’s Thursday marquee comedy night will begin with the only live comedy between 8-10 p.m. on any network, “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” (8-8:30 p.m. ET), followed by “Parks and Recreation” (8:30-9 p.m. ET), “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and the new comedy “Community” (9:30-10 p.m. ET). After “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” completes its multi-week run, “Community” will move to 8 p.m. and “30 Rock” will debut at 9:30 p.m., enabling NBC to feature more original comedy than ever before.

On Fridays in the fall, the enduring drama "Law & Order" will return for its record 20th season (tying “Gunsmoke” as the longest running drama series in primetime) and will lead off at 8-9 p.m. (ET) while "Southland” follows at 9-10 p.m. (ET), building a great crime block.

Saturdays will be a showcase for "Dateline NBC” (8-9 p.m. ET) and encore episodes of "Trauma” (9-10 p.m. ET) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10-11 p.m. ET).

"Football Night in America" (7-8:20 p.m. ET) and "NBC Sunday Night Football" (8:20-11 p.m. ET) – the number one show of the fall -- will return on Sundays in the fall with a fan-pleasing schedule of games to round out the fall season.

Utilizing the compatible demographics provided by the Olympics, NBC will launch the premieres of "The Marriage Ref" from executive producers Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten (“Oprah”) on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) and the third season premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice” on Sundays with two-hour editions (9-11 p.m. ET). In addition, the new comedy “100 Questions” will debut on Tuesdays (9:30-10 p.m. ET) following a 90-minute edition of "The Biggest Loser” (8-9:30 p.m. ET).

And coming in the summer, NBC will telecast all original episodes of “The Jay Leno Show,” "Friday Night Lights,” "America's Got Talent,” “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins,” "Dateline NBC,” with additional programs to be announced later.

To catch up on season finales, watch new "Heroes” and "The Office” web series, and more, please log onto NBC.com.

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Heroes”
9-10 p.m. - "TRAUMA”
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. – "The Biggest Loser” (two-hour edition)
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – "PARENTHOOD”
9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. – "SNL WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY” (multi-episode run)
8:30-9 p.m. – "Parks and Recreation”
9- 9:30 p.m. – "The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – "COMMUNITY” (moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. after multi-episode run “30 Rock” returns)
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Law & Order”
9-10 p.m. – "Southland"
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – "TRAUMA” (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7- 8:20 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8:20-11 p.m. "NBC Sunday Night Football"

NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE
(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)

*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Chuck” (season premiere)
9-10 p.m. - "DAY ONE”
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

TUESDAY
8-9:30 p.m. – "The Biggest Loser” (90-minute edition)
9:30-10 p.m. – "100 QUESTIONS”
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – "MERCY"
9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

THURSDAY
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 JAY LENO SHOW”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Law & Order”
9-10 p.m. – "Southland"
10-11 p.m. – “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – "Southland” (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. – "Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – THE MARRIAGE REF
9-11 p.m. – "The Celebrity Apprentice” (season premiere; two-hour edition)
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And coming in the summer, NBC will telecast all original episodes of “The Jay Leno Show,” "Friday Night Lights,” "America's Got Talent,” “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins,” "Dateline NBC,” with additional programs to be announced later.

Or in the Spring to pluck a ratings hole somewhere.

Is "Deal Or No Deal" canceled? It's not on NBC's Fall or midseason schedule. Will NBC keep it in its back pocket when/if something dies in the ratings? Also, seeing the final schedule (until NBC re-shuffles it again when all the networks show theirs ) it has dawned on me more clearly than ever that this is it for Zucker, Silverman and Immelt as far as NBC is concerned. They've gambled big by putting Leno at 10 and he's expected to deliver well-enough to at least be able to trumpet profitability in the absence of high ratings. If Leno tanks (i.e. he doesn't consistently beat even lowered expectations) and drags the NBC local news across the country into a ratings funk I can't see how these three cannot either be canned, replaced or severely downgraded from their power positions after what they have turned NBC into in the past six years (when Zucker started messing with the schedule around the time "Friends" ended). This has got to be it as far as excuses and lifelines these guys can come up with as to why the network they run is in the toilet, right? RIGHT??!!
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And Thursday night gets even more complicated. Lots of decisions in the fall.

wow. That's dumb of them. Put it in LOST's timeslot, that's the audience they were going for anyway.

Doesn't matter since I have 4 tuners to record with, but still.
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So Friday Night Lights will have a fall Direct TV Debut followed by a network broadcast the following summer? Quite the delay compared to the Fall/Winter run they did last year. Though i have no idea where you would put it in this more compact schedule. It still amazes me they gave them a 2 season go ahead. But im thrilled.
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I'd have to disagree. He didn't get kicked off the Tonight Show. NBC made a deal five years ago to give O'Brien the show.

It felt then that Leno would be fading.

But far from it, he has continued to increase his lead, in total viewers and the 18-49 demo, especially in the last two years.

And considering that NBC's prime time schedule has been tanking, and the CBS schedule has been the only major network to show growth, that is remarkable.

As to Leno failing, it may well happen. But what seems clear from the current Zucker-Silverman regime is that should Leno fail, he will be replaced by shows you likely will enjoy even less.

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yeah Leno can suck it. He's done, that's why he got kicked off Tonight Show - but he's a baby that will go to another network and they can't have that, so give him a 9PM show every night instead? Whatever, he's just going to tarnish he legacy and get canceled after 6 months. I really hope so at least.
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC Upfront:
A Schedule Built With Jay in Mind
By Bill Carter, The New York Times, in the “TV Decoder” blog, May 19, 2009

Looking for a prime-time comeback, NBC announced a schedule Tuesday that builds nights around the regular presence of Jay Leno at 10 p.m. each weeknight.

NBC will add shows in two separate periods of the season, in the fall and then in the winter following its coverage of the Winter Olympics from Vancouver. In a small surprise, NBC will bring back its longest-running drama “Law & Order,” for a 20th season, placing it on the fall schedule on Friday nights at 8.

The strategy, said Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, is to use NBC’s highly viewed package of NFL games on Sunday nights to promote more male-oriented shows in the fall, and the Olympics in February to promote the introduction of more female oriented new shows in the winter.

No show will be more important than “The Jay Leno Show.” NBC, which still has not announced a start date for Mr. Leno, will move several 10 p.m. shows up to 9 p.m. to make room for the show. Mr. Silverman said the network has also tried to give Mr. Leno the best lead-in audiences it can.

So NBC’s strongest holdover drama, “Law & Order: SVU,” will move to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The network will add a new family drama with a big name cast, “Parenthood,” at 8.

And NBC will try to make a go on Fridays at 9 by slotting its new critically praised police drama “Southland” there. “Fridays are a tough night but we hope we can be more patient with it there,” Mr. Silverman said.

NBC is also keeping intact its two-hour version of its reality hit, “The Biggest Loser” on Tuesday; the network had considered dividing it into two one-hour editions at 8 on Tuesday and Wednesday. But NBC hopes to keep up the show’s momentum on Tuesday, and bring more viewers to Mr. Leno at 10.

A new medical drama, “Trauma,” will be the 9 p.m. show Mondays; NBC will try to build interest in its action elements with promotion in football the night before. “Heroes” moves to 8 where it will run without repeats until the Olympics. After that, the comedy-drama “Chuck” will return to the 8 p.m. spot.

NBC’s best new hope for comedy, “Community,” will get the network’s best location on Thursdays at 9:30, behind the comedy hit “The Office,” at the start of the season. Mr. Silverman said because of movie commitments for its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, NBC needs to delay the start of a new season of “30 Rock” for about a month. “Community” will get that position. Special live editions of “Weekend Update” from “Saturday Night Live” will run at 8 for those weeks before “Community” is moved to that slot.

Mr. Silverman said “Update” will return for 3-4 week runs at several times during the season.

Other new NBC series like the comedy “100 Questions,” the reality show “The Marriage Ref,” and the medical drama “Mercy” will be introduced after the Olympics.

http://tvdecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2...h-jay-in-mind/
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The 2009-2010 Season
Bubble shows learn their fate
'My Name is Earl,' 'Medium' canceled
By Michael Schneider, Variety, May 19, 2009

Most of TV’s remaining bubble shows finally learned their fate on Tuesday - and the news was mostly brutal.


Shows handed pink slips included NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” and CBS’ “The Unit.”



Both come from 20th Century Fox TV. Peacock also cut “Medium,” which hails from CBS TV Studios.


“The Unit” is believed to be officially over, but there may still be some life in both “Earl” and “Medium.”


20th Century Fox TV is set to talk post-upfronts to both sister Fox and also ABC about potentially taking over “Earl.” Their interest in the show is unclear at the moment.


As for “Medium,” show could very well wind up at CBS, given that its sister studio produces it. Some believe that “Medium” could make a good fit with “Ghost Whisperer” on Friday nights.
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?lay...&categoryid=14
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Or in the Spring to pluck a ratings hole somewhere.

Is "Deal Or No Deal" canceled? It's not on NBC's Fall or midseason schedule. Will NBC keep it in its back pocket when/if something dies in the ratings? Also, seeing the final schedule (until NBC re-shuffles it again when all the networks show theirs ) it has dawned on me more clearly than ever that this is it for Zucker, Silverman and Immelt as far as NBC is concerned. They've gambled big by putting Leno at 10 and he's expected to deliver well-enough to at least be able to trumpet profitability in the absence of high ratings. If Leno tanks (i.e. he doesn't consistently beat even lowered expectations) and drags the NBC local news across the country into a ratings funk I can't see how these three cannot either be canned, replaced or severely downgraded from their power positions after what they have turned NBC into in the past six years (when Zucker started messing with the schedule around the time "Friends" ended). This has got to be it as far as excuses and lifelines these guys can come up with as to why the network they run is in the toilet, right? RIGHT??!!

Has history not taught you anything? If NBC goes even further down the toilet, Zucker at least will turn it into a promotion. I have never seen a better example of falling up.
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Overnight Nielsen Notes in the 18-49 Demo
CBS captures final Monday of sweeps
Averages a 3.9 in 18-49s, 0.5 ahead of ABC
By Toni Fitzgerald, MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer, May 19, 2009

CBS made it two weeks in a row, winning Monday night for the second consecutive week on the final Monday of May sweeps.

CBS averaged a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating for the night, according to Nielsen overnights, bettering No. 2 ABC at 3.4/9 by half a point.

ABC and Fox had traded the Monday light lead with CBS since January. But with “House” airing its season finale last week, Fox fell back to third place at 3.0/8.

CBS got a lift from “Two and a Half Men,” the night’s top-rated show with a 5.2 rating. It also had the No. 2 show, “Rules of Engagement,” which averaged a 4.4 behind “Men” at 9:30, a good showing for a program still looking for a fourth-season renewal.

The premiere of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” performed decently, though losing more than a third of its “Dancing with the Stars” lead-in. The two-hour “Bachelorette” averaged a 3.0 at 9 p.m., second in the timeslot.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Thirty-one percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

For the night, Univision placed fourth at 1.6/4, NBC fifth at 1.5/4 and CW sixth at 1.2/3.

ABC began the night in the lead with a 4.2 at 8 p.m. for “Dancing with the Stars,” with CBS second with a 3.1 for “Rules” (2.6) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7). Fox was third with a 2.9 for the first half of “24,” Univision fourth with a 1.4 for “Cuidado con el Angel,” NBC fifth with a 1.2 for “Deal or No Deal” and CW sixth with a 1.1 for “Gossip Girl.”

At 9 p.m. CBS took the lead with a 4.8 average for “Two and a Half Men” (5.2) and another episode of “Rules” (4.4), while Fox moved to second with a 3.2 for more “24.” ABC was third with a 3.1 for the first hour of “Bachelorette,” Univision fourth with a 1.8 for “Mañana Es para Siempre,” NBC fifth with a 1.5 for more “Deal” and CW sixth with a 1.3 for “One Tree Hill.”

CBS was first again at 10 p.m. with a 3.8 for “CSI: Miami,” followed by ABC with a 2.9 for another hour of “Bachelorette.” NBC was third with a 1.9 for “Medium” and Univision fourth with a 1.6 for “Cristina.”

ABC was first for the night among households with an 8.0 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 7.6/12, Fox third at 5.6/9, NBC fourth at 3.5/6, Univision fifth at 2.3/4 and CW sixth at 1.7/3.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art..._of_sweeps.asp
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I couldn't agree more.

When Zucker took over, NBC was firmly #1.

And now....

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Has history not taught you anything? If NBC goes even further down the toilet, Zucker at least will turn it into a promotion. I have never seen a better example of falling up.
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Just Chucky being Chucky

Gruden Reneged On NFL Network Deal
by ProFootballTalk.com

Well, ESPN has now hired two new broadcasters who reneged on verbal deals with other networks.

Last month, we reported that Matt Millen had a verbal deal with NBC before jumping to ESPN. (ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer later denied that ESPN had knowledge of any deal between Millen and NBC, and we didn’t get around to posting on that before the shelf life on the story had expired.)

Now, Peter King of SI.com reports that Jon "Chucky" Gruden had verbally agreed to work for NFLN, as the color commentator for the league-owned network’s in-house slate of games.

Per King, the two sides had finalized “everything but the signature on the paper.”

Then Gruden took a job with ESPN.

And so NFLN chief Steve Bornstein reportedly is furious with Gruden, and presumably with ESPN, which stealthily swooped in to nab Gruden once ESPN realized that the guy who looked like Beavis with the “bighead” camera feature could be swapped for Beavis’ alter ego, Kornholio.

Our guess? Agent Bob LaMonte intentionally and deliberately (and discreetly) shopped the NFLN offer to ESPN, which knew that everything needed to be kept on the down low. As the saying goes, it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission, and ESPN likely now has some work to do to repair its relationship with the league.

Meanwhile, our old friend Steve Duemig of WDAE in Tampa, a well-known Gruden critic, has unloaded on the former Bucs coach via Twitter:
“Now people should believe what I’ve been saying about that a-hole all along,” Duemig says.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/...-network-deal/
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The 2009-2010 Season
NBC's fall schedule
By James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter senior reporter, in his LiveFeed blog, May 19, 2009

NBC presented its 2009-10 schedule Tuesday that includes a shared time-period strategy and "Southland" moved to Fridays.

With "The Jay Leno Show" occupying the 10 p.m. hour, all eyes were on how NBC would manage to reconfigure the rest of its lineup and new shows into a tighter schedule. The answer is having series share time periods through the course of the season, broken up with coverage of the Winter Olympics. The strategy will presumably allow for fewer repeats, though could cause ratings erosion if serialized shows get cut short or have a longer hiatus to make way for new content.

Mondays held the most dramatic change, with "Heroes" shifted from its longtime 9 p.m. spot, moved back to 8 p.m. to help support medical action-drama "Trauma." "Heroes" is also operating with a shortened order next season and doesn't have a spot on the midseason schedule. "Chuck" will replace "Heroes." in season and apocalyptic thriller "Day One" will take over for "Trauma."

On Tuesdays, NBC decided to keep "Biggest Loser" at two hours, which is the wise play.

Wednesdays, where the network has really struggled this season, NBC plans new dramedy "Parenthood" ("Mercy" in midseason) leading into "Law & Order: SVU."

Thursdays keeps "Parks & Recreation" at 8:30 and "The Office" at nine, but other two comedy block slots will see some shifting. The network will start the fall leading off with "Saturday Night Live" specials at 8 p.m. and new comedy "Community" at 9:30 p.m., then shift "30 Rock" into its usual 9:30 slot and "Community" to 8 p.m.

Fridays will see the 20th season of "Law & Order" followed by the return of "Southland," whose ratings started solid and have since declined on Thursday nights.

“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “We’re incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, 'Community' and 'Parenthood.' We can’t wait for the fall.”

http://www.thrfeed.com/
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I'd have to disagree. He didn't get kicked off the Tonight Show. NBC made a deal five years ago to give O'Brien the show.

Sorry, I was exaggerating. But whether or not people watch him, Leno is just the same old schtick all the time. Way too soft. He'll have to be even softer at 9PM. I was glad when the end date was in sight, so I wouldn't have to watch him in order to watch stars I wanted to see interviewed. And now this - what is it even going to be anyway? Just a rebranded Tonight Show?
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