Incoming head Peacock Robert Greenblatt faced the press today, to discuss his plans for the upcoming fall season and/or his aspirations to push the NBC network into an era of renaissance after the recent dark ages.
Find out where Chuck is moving on the NBC schedule, which new series got picked up, which old series got flushed, which fan-fave half-hour comedy is being held back until the winter, what the network will do with Celebrity Apprentice if Donald Trump runs for the office of President of the United States (!), and what the network plans to do with breakout reality hit The Voice:
Chuck is returning for a fifth and final season of just 13 episodes, and then Chuck and Sarah (and Morgan) will live happily ever after in a DVD box set cherished by nerd herders everywhere. Chuck will now air on Fridays.
SVU is the last Law & Order series standing. (So long, LOLA. See you in hell!) As we head into lucky season 13, Christopher Meloni's contract remains unsigned; Mariska Hargitay is coming back, albeit with a police-department promotion for her character that will allow the actress to work fewer hours. Greenblatt told reporters, "I think we're going to have both of the returning stars. We believe that's the show, and they want to be a part of it. Mariska's deal is closed, technically, if you want that information and I don't think there is any impediment to Chris' deal closing." Rumors that Jennifer Love Hewitt would be joining the series were consigned to "just rumor" status at this stage.
Because Tina Fey is all preggo with baby No. 2 (yay!), 30 Rock's sixth season premiere will be delayed until winter to accommodate the star's maternity leave. (Awww, we were kind of looking forward to Jack Donaghy and Pete Hornberger mentor-mentee comedy. OK, not really, but that could have been a fun creative experiment.)
Harry's Law, one of David E. Kelley's patented quirky legal dramas, will be returning; NBC didn't pick up the Kelley-scripted Wonder Womanseries.
Ratings-challenged cult hit Parenthood is coming back. Those Bravermans are the pluckiest; also, what do America's Nielsen families have against the fine television programming produced by Mr. Jason Katims?!
FYI, if Donald Trump runs for President (god help us all), the network would still bring back Celebrity Apprentice, just with someone else at the head of the table. (Anybody remember the Martha Stewart season?)
Are you addicted to The Voice? You might have to survive on lower strength reality methadone until winter, because the talent competition will not return until January when it will be paired with scripted musical, Smash. (Shades of Fox's highly successful Idol-Glee reality-scripted singing tandem, don't you think?)
FALL 2011 NBC SCHEDULE
Here's the current planned arrangement of shows on NBC's fall schedule; looks like they're making a beachhead for a second night of comedy (on Wednesday). And it seems as if Ben Silverman's cockamamie plan to replace the 10 p.m. strip with cheapo Jay Leno talk has now been fully repudiated; there will be a one-hour drama running on NBC at 10 p.m. four nights a week.
Monday, 8 p.m.: The Sing-Off (two-hour reality block)
Monday, 10 p.m.: The Playboy Club (one-hour drama)
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (two-hour reality block)
Tuesday, 10 p.m.: Parenthood (one-hour drama)
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Up All Night (half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.: Free Agents (half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 9:00 p.m.: Harry's Law (one-hour dramedy)
Wednesday, 10 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (one-hour drama)
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Community (half-hour comedy)
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.: Parks and Recreation (half-hour comedy)
Thursday, 9:00 p.m.: The Office (half-hour comedy)
Thursday, 9:30 p.m.: Whitney (half-hour comedy)
Thursday, 10 p.m.: Prime Suspect (one-hour drama)
Friday, 8 p.m.: Chuck (one-hour dramedy)
Friday, 9 p.m.: Grimm (one-hour drama)
Friday, 10 p.m.: Dateline NBC (one-hour newsmagazine)
CANCELED: The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced, Chase
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