Having already announced the new series that they would be airing in the fall, the veiling of NBC's unveiling of its 2010-2011 television schedule today contained few surprises. It is, however, a markedly different schedule than what the network showcased last year. As we all remember, that schedule heavily relied on Jay Leno airing in primetime, a daring move for NBC which ended up causing the Peacock network nothing but headaches.That is not to say that the schedule we were delivered today is in any way conservative. The fall schedule features changes on four nights of the week (out of six, as Saturdays are now forever repeats). If one then discounts the fact that Sundays on NBC are entirely devoted to football, only one night of their schedule has remained unchanged from the Spring, Tuesdays, with its combination of two hours of The Biggest Loser followed by Parenthood. NBC's fall schedule, as unveiled today, is as follows:
The new dramas this year (in bold) are The Event, Chase, Undercovers, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Outlaw. NBC will be launching two new comedies in the fall, the half-hour Outsourced and the hour-long Love Bites airing back-to-back on Thursdays. The network does, of course, have other more scripted and non-scripted programs waiting in the wings (like a new Paul Reiser comedy) and a bunch of shows from this season that will be returning later in the season (The Celebrity Apprentice, The Marriage Ref), but for now, let's just look at the starting lineup (when we know more about the launch of the other shows we'll of course bring our info to you). It should be noted that while Who Do You Think You Are? is shown here in the table, it will be "splitting" the timeslot with School Pride, a reality show in which students, staff, and volunteers renovate their school in 10 days.
|7:00||Football Pregame (until 8:15)|
|8:00||NFL Football||Chuck||The Biggest Loser||Undercovers||Community||Who Do You Think You Are?||Encores|
|9:00||The Event||Law & Order: SVU||The Office||Dateline
|10:00||Chase||Parenthood||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Love Bites||Outlaw|
The Event, featuring an ensemble cast led by Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Zeljko Ivanek, and Laura Innes, is about a mysterious cover-up that even the President has been kept out of the loop on. As you may have expected, POTUS (Underwood) is unhappy about that situation. Jason Ritter plays the average Joe Schmo who has found out the truth… "a secret so powerful it could literally change the course of humanity." Oh yes, literally change the course of humanity.