On Wednesday, April 2nd, NBC announced their schedule for the next 65 weeks, Fall 2008, Winter 2009 and Summer 2009. We will start off by focusing on the Fall 2008 TV Schedule announcement and get to the others in the next couple of days.
This is quite early for a network to be making this type of announcement, as they usually take place in May, and will mostly likely be subject to change. NBC changed their Fall 2007 schedule last May, right after the other networks finished announcing theirs. So, it wouldn’t surprise me at all that by the time Fall 2008 rolls around that the NBC landscape doesn’t look a bit different than it does right now.
The network has rethought its programming philosophy in the face of this past season’s interruption by the writers’ strike. They have decided to go with a more year round approach that doesn’t focus so much on bringing new shows to the air for the fall, but on putting new shows in the pipeline all the time and then broadcasting them whenever they are ready.
Note: New show descriptions were pulled from NBC’s press release, which means each show will sound like the greatest thing to ever hit TV.
Update 5.18.2008: See what the rest of the networks are doing for Fall 2008.
Football Night in America – Will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Eastern.
NBC Sunday Night Football – Will start at 8:20 p.m. Eastern.
Heroes – Updated 5.28.2008: Premieres on September 22nd with a one-hour clip show followed by a two-hour third season premiere. Chuck and My Own Worst Enemy premiere the following week, September 29th.
My Own Worst Enemy – “Henry Spivey (Christian Slater, Bobby) is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common — the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element. My Own Worst Enemy explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. And it raises the question: who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself? The series is produced by Universal Media Studios. Jason Smilovic (Kidnapped) is the executive producer; David Semel (director of the American Dreams, Heroes and Life pilots) is the director and executive producer.”
TVaholic’s Take: Sounds interesting and I have always liked Christian Slater, but I still wish that Journeyman would have been given another shot.
The Biggest Loser: Families – Will run 90 minutes.
Kath & Kim – “They’re the most dysfunctional duo in suburbia. Kath Day (Molly Shannon, NBC’s Saturday Night Live) is the mom, a foxy, 40-something divorcée who finally has time for herself and her valiant search for love. Kim Day (Selma Blair, Hellboy, Hellboy II) is the daughter, a self-absorbed princess recently separated from her husband who finds consolation in stuffing her face. When Kim decides to move back home, Kath reluctantly agrees — but to Kim’s chagrin, Kath is not about to cater to her every whim as she has in the past. Based on the most successful comedy in Australia of the same name, Kath and Kim are two brassy women who prefer the finer things in life like acrylic nails, big hair and faux diamond chips. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Reveille. The executive producer/writer is Michelle Nader (The King of Queens) and the executive producer/director is Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, The Office). Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Rick McKenna also are executive producers.”
TVaholic’s Take: Sort of a weird timeslot, but it has worked for similarly scheduled Samantha Who? over on ABC, although The Biggest Loser is not quite the ratings phenom that Dancing With the Stars is. I will definitely be checking it out though.
Updated 5.28.2008: Kath & Kim will now play on Thursday nights and The Biggest Loser will run two hours and begin after America’s Got Talent ends its summer run. Law & Order: SVU premieres September 23rd.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Knight Rider – “On the heels of NBC’s hit movie, the iconic 1980s television classic comes roaring back to life as an updated drama series showcasing the new customized KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) Ford Mustang. As the sequel resumes, KITT is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body — thanks to its creator’s work and nanotechnology — is capable of actually shifting shape and color. It is the ultimate car — and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it. Knight Rider stars Justin Bruening (Cold Case), Deanna Russo (NCIS), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Veronica Mars) and Bruce Davison (Breach). David Bartis (Heist, The O.C.), Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity) and Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, The Fast and The Furious) are executive producers and David Andron serves as supervising producer and writer. Based on characters created by Glen Larson, Knight Rider is from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.”
TVaholic’s Take: They better have done some serious work under the hood of this show, cause it needs to be significantly better than the two hour movie to make it as a series.
Updated 5.28.2008: Premieres September 24th, as does Lipstick Jungle. Deal or No Deal begins after the America’s Got Talent season finale.
Deal or No Deal
My Name Is Earl
The Office/SNL Thursday Night Live – “Dubbed ‘TV’s funniest and most influential political player’ by Entertainment Weekly, SNL expands its ‘Weekend Update’ coverage to Thursdays in primetime for three live half-hour shows beginning October 16. With all of the excitement and attention around Saturday Night Live during the presidential primaries, the anticipation for the show’s take on this Fall’s election will be at a fever pitch, SNL Thursday Night Live will keep the momentum — and the laughs — going. The program is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer.”
TVaholic’s Take: “Weekend Update” is usually the best part of SNL, so an expanded version might be fun. Most people seem to be worried about the return of one-hour episodes of The Office, but I didn’t find them as bad as everyone else seemed to last season.
Updated 5.28.2008: Kath & Kim, originally schedule on Tuesday nights, will begin playing after The Office starting on October 9th. Which means that the SNL Thursday Night Live shows will move up into the 30 Rock timeslot as of October 9th and play for three weeks, with 30 Rock premiering October 30th. My Name Is Earl and The Office both premiere September 25th with one-hour episodes. ER premieres on September 25th as well.
Crusoe – “Based on the legendary novel by Daniel Defoe, this is the tale of Robinson Crusoe. A young man leaves his true love to embark on an adventure — only to end up shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for 28 years, completely detached from the life he once knew. His desire to return to his wife and his strong and unlikely friendship with Friday are the only things that keep him sane. While stranded, Crusoe encounters enemies and braves the elements. Equal parts MacGyver, Castaway and Pirates of the Caribbean, this series is an inspirational tale of survival rife with action and comedy. Crusoe is produced by Power. Juston Bodle is the executive producer.”
TVaholic’s Take: Hopefully, they are talking about the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie and not its sequels.
Updated 5.28.2008: Crusoe premieres on October 17th, so this timeslot will now be filled with America’s Toughest Jobs beginning September 12th. Then it will move into the Deal or No Deal slot after the two-hour premiere of Crusoe. Life premieres on October 3rd.
Deal or No Deal
Life – Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) joins the cast as Captain Brian Tidwell, “a seen-it-all New York cop whose weaknesses include the track and the ladies. He isn’t going to fit in Los Angeles, and he could care less.”
Knight Rider (Encore)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Encore)
I like that the Fall 2008 TV Schedule is pretty light on reality/game show content. I really like that Friday Night Lights will be returning, even if those of us that don’t have DirectTV have to wait until Winter 2009 to find out what has been going on down in Dillon, TX.
What do you think of NBC’s Fall 2008 TV Schedule?