Monday, May 14, 2007

Upfront with NBC - 2007

UPDATE: It's official now.

NBC's official announcement isn't until this afternoon (from what I hear) but the list is already out with NBC's decisions and its' full schedule. (ABC, CBS, FOX are later this week but again, already announced a lot).

Friday Night Lights moves to Friday nights at 10pm where there will probably be less expectations for huge numbers. And less confusing to people looking for the show on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (Seriously, it wasn't that hard folks. But I still got people asking questions of the confusions...)

From Televisionary (which has good reviews of upcoming pilots):

NBC Primetime Schedule for the 2007-08 Season:

8-9 pm: Deal or No Deal
9-10 pm: Heroes
10-11 pm: Journeyman - Stars Kevin McKidd (Rome) as a time traveler.

8-9 pm: The Biggest Loser
9-10 pm: Chuck - From The OC's Josh Schwartz
10-11 pm: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8-9 pm: Deal or No Deal
9-10 pm: Bionic Woman
10-11 pm: Life

8-8:30 pm: My Name Is Earl (25 episodes)
8:30-9 pm: 30 Rock
9-9:30 pm: The Office (30 episodes, including 5 hour-long installments)
9:30-10 pm: Scrubs
10-11 pm: ER

8-9 pm: 1 vs 100/The Singing Bee
9-10 pm: Las Vegas
10-11 pm: Friday Night Lights

8-9 pm: Dateline NBC
9-11 pm: Drama Series Encores

SUNDAY (Fall 2007)
7-8 pm: Football Night in America
8-11 pm: NBC Sunday Night Football

SUNDAY (January 2008)
7-8 pm: Dateline NBC
8-9 pm: Law & Order
9-10 pm: Medium
10-11 pm: Lipstick Jungle - From Candace Bushnell's book.

Some quick thoughts... snoooooooze....

Not a major shakeup that NBC needs, but still slowly building from their death sched from a couple years back.

Lipstick Jungle and Chuck will be required viewing just based on pedigree alone, but I'm hesitant on both shows based on the cast. UPDATE: Oh wait. Nevermind my diss on "Chuck", I DO like the cast (I was reading the wrong show before). It's with Zachary Levi ("Less Than Perfect"). He's a total riot!

Journeyman is getting good buzz and I LOVE Kevin McKidd so I'll check it out just based on him alone.

As for Friday Night Lights, well, not a great time slot but again, maybe it won't have to have great numbers then to survive. On the other hand, it doesn't look like NBC plan to expand FNL's audience. Oh well, at least it's back for another season.

The mid-season replacement The IT Crowd sounds good, though again, I'm basing it solely on Joel McHale (The Soup) as part of the cast.

Check here for the CBS Upfronts 2007
Check here for the ABC Upfronts 2007
Check here for the FOX (and The CW) Upfronts 2007

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