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NBC Fall Preview

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It’s almost summer, so if you’re a network executive, it’s time to start thinking about fall. The annual rundown of new lineups has begun with NBC’s announcement today of its planned schedule after the summer hiatus.

Other than the obvious absence of Friends and Fraiser, very little appears to be changing.

Monday still kicks off with Fear Factor and the second season of Las Vegas, after which the new airport-based drama LAX will air. Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood star.

Tuesdays will start the season with the return of Average Joe, which will be replaced mid-season by The Contender, a new reality show in which would-be professional boxers duke it out for fame and fortune. The animated Father of the Pride and the edgy comedy Scrubs follow. Law & Order: SVU caps off the night.

The gritty new cop drama Hawaii leads off Wednesday’s line-up, followed by The West Wing. The apocalyptic miniseries Revelations will displace the White House drama for eight episodes mid-season. The original Law & Order follows.

Joey will try to carry the Friends torch on Thursday night, with Will & Grace keeping its old time slot immediately following. The Apprentice and ER both return in an attempt to keep a hold on the night NBC has owned for the past few years.

Fridays will lead off with Dateline and a double-dose of emergency drama with the return of Third Watch and the premiere season of Medical Investigation.

Saturdays will feature re-runs of The Apprentice and a weekly movie.

Sunday night is heavy on the drama, with the triple threat of American Dreams, Law & Order: CI, and Crossing Jordan.

Expect further details from the network in August.

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