Goodbye Studio 60, Hello Bionic Woman: NBC's New Schedule Bets on the Critically Acclaimed and Low Rated
I hate doing the network's work of circulating chatter about possible fall TV schedules in the days before they are announced -- mostly because the skeds they release are largely an excuse to fake out competitors.
But now I can reveal to you NBC's fall schedule, announced just about an hour ago in New York City. My column in today's Floridian took a stab at highlighting the winners and losers from this year's TV season: add to that tally Studio 60, Identity, Crossing Jordan and The Apprentice, which officially got the hook today.
Sorta losers include Law & Order Criminal Intent (new episodes move to USA Network), Law & Order (moves to Sundays in January after football. With it's second schedule change is as many years, expect this series to wither on a weak night for the peacock); Medium (also moved to Sundays after football in its second schedule change in two years); Friday Night Lights (a critically acclaimed football series moved to night when most football fans will be at high school games -- brilliant move, NBC!)
Otherwise, NBC's schedule seems to punt a bit -- holding onto weak-rated but critically loved shows such as My Name is Earl, 30 Rock and Lights hoping for a bounce next year.
My most anticipated show: the Bionic Woman revamp masterminded by an executive producer from my favorite sci fi adventure Battlestar Galactica. Yes, my geek flag is flying high, my friends...Click on photos to enlarge, click on links to see info on each new series.
8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. "Heroes"
10-11 p.m. "JOURNEYMAN"
8-9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser"
9-10 p.m. "CHUCK"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
8-9 p.m. "1 vs 100"/"THE SINGING BEE"
9-10 p.m. "Las Vegas"
10-11 p.m. "Friday Night Lights"
8-9 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores
SUNDAY (Fall 2007)
7-8 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8-11 p.m. "NBC Sunday Night Football"
SUNDAY (January 2008)
7-8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. "Medium"
10-11 p.m. "LIPSTICK JUNGLE"