NBC to tackle next TV season with 13 new shows backed by J.J. Abrams, Jimmy Smits and one more Law & Order
If NBC moves ahead with the plans it announced to reporters today, the network will present 13 new shows over the course of the 2010-11 TV season -- with eight new shows debuting in the fall alone.
The good news, is that there are some impressive names behind their new efforts, including a new spy series from Lost creator J.J. Abrams, a new Law & Order spinoff, and shows featuring Jimmy Smits, Kathy Bates and Paul Reiser.
The bad news? Besides the resonance of the number 13 in bad luck circles -- doesn't anybody check this stuff? -- NBC is expecting viewers to accept a lots of new material in one sitting. This season, most networks were lucky if two or three new series caught on with audiences.
But Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment, remained unfazed by the daunting task of presenting a fall schedule where every day but Tuesday features two new programs -- saying that the recession which led them to place the cheaper Jay Leno Show at 10 p.m. in September has abated.
"The marketplace is actually much healthier...which allows us to spend more money on programming," said Gaspin, who spoke with reporters during a conference call today; networks executive will unveil their fall plans to advertisers Monday as part of the "upfront" ad sales season. "The economics are not completely different, but they have changed a bit."
Other tidbits which came out:
*Though they canceled Law & Order after 20 seasons, the network is considering ways to say goodbye to the "mothership" series' characters within the Law and Order shows still on the air.
*The network picked up Law and Order: Los Angeles without a pilot episode, cast or even completed script.
*NBC is still talking with producers of Heroes about wrapping up that show, now canceled, with a two-hour event movie.
*The network hopes to keep Office star Steve Carell on the show despite his recent public statements that he would leave the show after next season. But they are preparing producers to try continuing the show without him.
*Even though the crew at Parks and Recreation implemented an accelerated production schedule to finish episodes before star Amy Poehler's pregnancy got too advanced, the network decided to hold back the show until midseason to try launching a new comedy alongside The Office, Community and 30 Rock on Thursdays.
*The "doink doink" noise which kicks off every Law & Order episode will be present in the Los Angeles version.
Check out these clips of new shows; click below to see the fall schedule:THE EVENT UNDERCOVERS The CAPE CHASE OUTLAW HARRY'S LAW OUTSOURCED
Here's what the fall schedule is supposed to look like, with new series in bold:
8 P.M. CHUCK
9 P.M. THE EVENT
10 P.M CHASE
8-10 P.M. BIGGEST LOSER
10 P.M. PARENTHOOD
8 P.M. UNDERCOVERS
9 P.M. LAW & ORDER: SVU
10 P.M. LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES
8 P.M. COMMUNITY
8:30 P.M. 30 ROCK
9 P.M. THE OFFICE
9:30 P.M. OUTSOURCED
10 P.M. LOVE BITES
8 P.M. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE / SCHOOL PRIDE
9 P.M DATELINE
10 P.M. OUTLAW (AKA GARZA)
7-8:15 P.M. -- FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:150-11:30 P.M. -- NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
7 P.M. DATELINE
9 P.M. MINUTE TO WIN IT
10 P.M. THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE