Sam Waterston, Monica Potter, Chris Meloni

NBC Photo: Justin Stephens; NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth; NBC Photo: Virginia Sherwood

Now this looks like a broadcast network prime-time TV schedule!

Now that The Jay Leno Show is officially leaving the 10 p.m. weekdays strip (good work, affiliates!), NBC has put together a new schedule grid that returns crime dramas to their rightful positions in the late prime-time hours and generally restores some semblance of order to TV as we've always known it.

So where did the Peacock slot the Law & Order shows, what else qualifies for a 10 p.m. berth, is Trauma returning, and when will Parenthood and Friday Night Lights premiere? Here are the answers that you TV fans have been waiting for:

Key Premiere and Return Dates:

  • The Celebrity Apprentice, Sunday, March 14, 9 p.m.
  • Friday Night Lights, Friday, April 30, 10 p.m.
  • The Marriage Ref (new reality show from Jerry Seinfeld), Thursday, March 4, 10 p.m.
  • Minute to Win It (new game show), Sunday, March 14, 8 p.m.
  • Parenthood, Tuesday, March 2, 10 p.m.
  • Trauma returns for six episodes, Monday, March 8, 9 p.m.
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (new genealogy show from Lisa Kudrow) Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.

New Schedule:

This schedule goes into effect after the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics end on Feb. 28. Most shows will return with new episodes the first week of March, except the Sunday shows, which come back midmonth.

8 p.m: Chuck
9 p.m.: Trauma
10 p.m.: Law & Order

8 p.m.: The Biggest Loser
10 p.m.: Parenthood

8 p.m.: Mercy
9 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat)
10 p.m.: Law & Order Special Victims Unit

8 p.m.: Community
8:30 p.m.: Parks and Recreation
9 p.m.: The Office
9:30 p.m.: 30 Rock
10 p.m.: The Marriage Ref

8 p.m.: Who Do You Think You Are?
9 p.m.: Dateline NBC

8 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (repeat)
9 p.m.: Law & Order (repeat)
10 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat)

7 p.m.: Dateline NBC
8 p.m.: Minute to Win It
9 p.m.: The Celebrity Apprentice

Do you like where your favorite shows landed? Is the TV world starting to make sense again? Hit the comments!


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