Today, NBC announced their yearlong primetime schedule in New York. Though no one truly expects the peacock network to stick to this plan for very long, it does give us an idea about which shows will and won’t be returning for the 2008-09 season. Since news has been steadily trickling down for some time, there aren’t many surprises.
Returning shows for Fall 2008 include 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Chuck, Dateline, Deal or No Deal, ER, Heroes, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Life, Lipstick Jungle, My Name is Earl, and The Office. No big surprises there. Interestingly, NBC has scheduled Life for 10pm on Friday nights — the timeslot that killed Las Vegas. Do they really think it will succeed or are they trying to kill it?
For the winter schedule, the peacock network is bringing back The Apprentice (celebrity version), Law & Order, Medium, and Friday Night Lights. FNL was renewed for 13 episodes and they will begin airing in October on DirecTV. They’ll start running on NBC a few months later. Obviously the satellite TV provider is hoping that fans of the show will subscribe to DirecTV so it will be worth their while. We’ll see.
America’s Got Talent, American Gladiators, and Last Comic Standing are scheduled to return for Summer 2009. Gladiators could return earlier if another show tanks in the meantime.
We pretty much knew about the season’s losers. Bionic Woman, Journeyman, and Las Vegas won’t be back next season. Scrubs is leaving NBC but will return for a new and final year on ABC. We’ll have to wait until ABC’s upfronts in May to find out if the sitcom will air in the fall or the winter.
The fate of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is up to sister channel USA since they have been airing it first run. No word when that one will be decided.
As expected, a new Knight Rider series has found a spot on the NBC schedule beginning this fall. Las Vegas creator Gary Scott Thompson will be the showrunner so it would seem he’s not holding a grudge over the Vegas cancellation. The peacock network is expected to give the sequel series a big push and has scheduled it for both Wednesday and Saturday nights. Let’s hope it fares better than Bionic Woman did. Stay tuned!
Life was one of the best show , they show these crap and we as viewers watches it that’s why they continues to show reality bull , they don’t want people to know the truth that why they canceled the real shows
Why the reality shows? Being part of NBC for 10 years i can tell you why all the reality shows hit the air… MONEY! Hello people do you know how much cheaper it is to throw a few static cameras up and not have to pay script writers, talent / actors. or build all those fancy sets. It was decided by the executives of the networks to follow this path. Obviously the American viewer took it hook line and sinker. They made CHEEP to produce content and the American viewer flamed the fuel by tuning in to see what would… Read more »
BRING BACK ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON TV, LAS VEGAS!! At least give us a finale.
BRING BACK LAS VEGAS!!!
why in hell did u cut LIFE,and for more brain dead reality crap,yeah yeah its cheap u dont need a script,but then again NBC IS BRAIN DEAD………
WHAT ABOUT THE SEASON FINALE OF LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas should not have been on a FRIDAY NIGHT…somethings should be left alone.
NBC why have you canceled LIFE and MEDIUM? These were two great shows with great stories. Instead of keeping these shows you replace them with ANOTHER reality TV show, and you keep Thirty Rock, along with Parks and Recreation. Why do we need another reality show? Why do you keep shows no one watches? I know that MEDIUM has been picked up by a better network. I only hope that LIFE will also. There is no reason for me to watch you any more NBC.
can u not cancel show that i like. i here that u might b cancel knight rider chuck and terminator. i liked bionic woman. my friends like 2 watch these shows. if u cancel night rider and chuck i will not watch nbc. give a show a chance.
What the hell are a thinking NBC shows like Life, Medium are awesome shows Life should be moved to thursday at 10:00 time slot and Medium should stay where it at its awesome
I really think that all the tv stations really need to sit back and take a look at what they are playing, These reality show they come up with are really stupid and the tv stations want to take off good shows and replace them with crap! I think we the viewers are the ones that suffer the most. So really sit back and think about the stuff you are putting on tv.