NBC 2010-11 fall schedule

From their press release. 

*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET

MONDAY

8-9 p.m. –  “Chuck”                     

9-10 p.m. —  “THE EVENT”       

10-11 p.m. –  “CHASE”      

TUESDAY

8-10 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”  

WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. – “UNDERCOVERS”

9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”               

10-11 p.m. – “LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES”  

THURSDAY

8- 8:30 p.m. – “Community”              

8:30-9 p.m. – “30 Rock”

9-9:30 p.m. –  “The Office”    

9:30-10 p.m. –  “OUTSOURCED”     

10-11 p.m. –   “LOVE BITES”      

FRIDAY

8-9 p.m. – “Who Do You Think You Are?”/”SCHOOL PRIDE”    

9-10 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”            

10-11 p.m. – “OUTLAW”  

SATURDAY

Repeats  

SUNDAY      

7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”      

8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”  

SUNDAY (beginning March 2011)

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “Minute to Win It”

9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”

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This post was written by Shawna on May 16, 2010

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TV Series news for 5/13

Ok, a lot of info at the end of the day, let’s tally up the results:

CBS:

Picked up “Mike and Molly” from Chuck Lorre.  That’s his third series on CBS.

NBC:

May or may not have canceled “Law & Order”.  Early word was that it was gone, but late afternoon word came down that the network wasn’t officially axing it yet.  Also hanging by a thread: “Heroes.”

Saved to fight another day – “Chuck” – gets a 13-episode order for next season.

ABC:

Most of the news was ABC today.  They picked up 3 comedies: “Mr. Sunshine,” “Happy Endings,” and “Better Together.”  They also picked up 3 dramas: “My Generation” (was “Generation Y,” and one of my personal faves), “The Whole Truth” and “Detroit 187.” Apparently “Wright vs. Wrong” is looking likely as a pick up too, though no official word on it yet.

ABC has also renewed “V” for a second season.  Which probably means “Flash Forward” is done.  “Cougar Town” may get a name change…that was the only other major series news today that I can find.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 13, 2010

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TV News for 5/12

Fox renews “Human Target,” “Lie to Me”; picks up “Traffic Light” “Keep Hope Alive” “Midland” and “RideAlong”

Fox picks up ‘Running Wilde’ – Was ‘Wilde Kingdom’, this is the Will Arnett pilot. I read it – it’s good.

Having read MIDLAND and RIDEALONG, I can say those were ones I was expecting.  Haven’t caught up on all the half hour shows, so not sure about those two.  Really surprised that both HUMAN TARGET and LIE TO ME got picked up, as most people were thinking only one of the two would live.  I guess losing 24 does leave an action gap.

FX picks up comedy pilot ‘Wilfred’

NBC picks up ‘Perfect Couples’– I won’t be watching this show for one reason: OLIVIA MUNN. Though you may watch it because of her.

NBC has already picked up “The Chase”, “Undercovers,”  “Love Bites,” “The Event” and “Outsourced.”   “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (LOLA) is pretty much a done deal too, from what I’ve seen.

ABC picks up “No Ordinary Family” – stars Michael Chiklis, written by Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman.

ABC hasn’t announced any other pickups so far.

 “Hawaii Five-0” appears to be a go on CBS, as does the “Criminal Minds” spin-off.  The CW has already picked up “Nikita.”

Upfronts are next week.

FINAL NOTE: I am now writing reviews/articles for Seat42F.  I’ll start linking you guys to my articles.  If anyone would help out the cause by starting/contributing conversation over there (even if you need to trash me) – feel free.  Need to earn my keep.

Okay UPDATE WITH FINAL FINAL NOTE: I’m posting this stuff primarily to keep everyone updated on shows coming back.  So, if you have a LIE TO ME spec, you’re good for another season.  HUMAN TARGET can now be specced (though its value as a spec is still somewhat debatable –is anyone in town watching it?)

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This post was written by Shawna on May 12, 2010

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Upfronts 2009: NBC announces fall schedule

[The press release from NBC is below.  My comments are at the bottom.]

NBC ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE BOLSTERED BY MORE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING THAN EVER BEFORE

Shared Time Period Strategy Around NBC’s Broadcast of 2010 Winter Olympics Along with Jay Leno at 10 p.m. Enables Network to Broadcast Original Programming Year-Round

Network Renews Returning Series “Law & Order” and “Chuck”

NEW YORK CITY — May 19, 2009 – NBC announced today its 2009-2010 schedule featuring more original programming than ever before and a shared time-period strategy around NBC’s Olympics platform that, along with “The Jay Leno Show” (Mondays-Fridays 10-11 p.m. ET), allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

In addition, NBC issued renewals to “Law & Order” and “Chuck” (see accompanying release) as part of its strong slate of new and returning shows announced recently at the network’s highly successful Infront.

“NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m.,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “We’re incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, ‘Community’ and ‘Parenthood.’ We can’t wait for the fall.”

“We are extremely proud to introduce these strong new series to NBC’s schedule next season in strategic timeslots that position them for success,” said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. “They join some of the highest quality returning shows on television, which will serve as a strong foundation to the new schedule. I think viewers are going to be happy to see this lineup of great new shows that will truly fit the NBC legacy of quality, culturally defining shows.”

NBC’s shared time period strategy will kick off this fall on Mondays with the premiere of “Heroes” (8-9 p.m. ET) continuing with all originals before “Chuck” assumes the time period after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which will be a powerful launching platform with its broad, female appeal and strong ratings as the most-watched event of the year. Using “NBC Sunday Night Football’s” potent promotional platform, the new high-octane drama “Trauma” will debut Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) with the epic event series “Day One” taking over the time period following the Olympics.

NBC’s successful “The Biggest Loser” series continues Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.) and will help launch the new Wednesday lineup this fall, with the new family drama “Parenthood” debuting (8-9 p.m. ET) and the new hospital drama “Mercy” assuming the time period post-Olympics. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will air 9-10 p.m. ET following “Parenthood.”

NBC’s Thursday marquee comedy night will begin with the only live comedy between 8-10 p.m. on any network, “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” (8-8:30 p.m. ET), followed by “Parks and Recreation” (8:30-9 p.m. ET), “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and the new comedy “Community” (9:30-10 p.m. ET). After “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” completes its multi-week run, “Community” will move to 8 p.m. and “30 Rock” will debut at 9:30 p.m., enabling NBC to feature more original comedy than ever before.

On Fridays in the fall, the enduring drama “Law & Order” will return for its record 20th season (tying “Gunsmoke” as the longest running drama series in primetime) and will lead off at 8-9 p.m. (ET) while “Southland” follows at 9-10 p.m. (ET), building a great crime block.

Saturdays will be a showcase for “Dateline NBC” (8-9 p.m. ET) and encore episodes of “Trauma” (9-10 p.m. ET) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10-11 p.m. ET).

“Football Night in America” (7-8:20 p.m. ET) and ” NBC Sunday Night Football” (8:20-11 p.m. ET) – the number one show of the fall — will return on Sundays in the fall with a fan-pleasing schedule of games to round out the fall season.

Utilizing the compatible demographics provided by the Olympics, NBC will launch the premieres of “The Marriage Ref” from executive producers Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten (“Oprah”) on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) and the third season premiere of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on Sundays with two-hour editions (9-11 p.m. ET). In addition, the new comedy “100 Questions” will debut on Tuesdays (9:30-10 p.m. ET) following a 90-minute edition of “The Biggest Loser” (8-9:30 p.m. ET).

And coming in the summer, NBC will telecast all original episodes of “The Jay Leno Show,” “Friday Night Lights,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins,” “Dateline NBC,” with additional programs to be announced later.

To catch up on season finales, watch new “Heroes” and “The Office” web series, and more, please log onto NBC.com.

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. “Heroes”
9-10 p.m. – “TRAUMA”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” (two-hour edition)
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. “PARENTHOOD”
9-10 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. “SNL WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY” (multi-episode run)
8:30-9 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9- 9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “COMMUNITY” (moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. after multi-episode run “30 Rock” returns)
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. “Law & Order”
9-10 p.m. “Southland”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. “TRAUMA” (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7- 8:20 p.m. “Football Night in America”
8:20-11 p.m. “NBC Sunday Night Football”

NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE

(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28)

*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. “Chuck” (season premiere)
9-10 p.m. – “DAY ONE”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

TUESDAY
8-9:30 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” (90-minute edition) 9:30-10 p.m. “100 QUESTIONS”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. “MERCY”
9-10 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. “COMMUNITY”
8:30-9 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9- 9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “30 Rock”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. “Law & Order”
9-10 p.m. “Southland”
10-11 p.m. “THE JAY LENO SHOW”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. “Southland” (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. THE MARRIAGE REF
9-11 p.m. “The Celebrity Apprentice” (season premiere; two-hour edition)

My thoughts:

The Good: Thankfully the ‘rumored’ schedule that was leaked last week was wrong, wrong, wrong.  This is a MUCH better schedule.  Chuck fans will despair that there won’t be any new episodes to watch until January, but given that it keeps its Monday at 8 PM timeslot and leads in to new show DAY ONE should be cause for jubilation.

The Bad: As expected, the Leno show cuts the schedule dramatically.  On the upside, there’s not very much non-scripted/reality programming on the schedule (no Deal or No Deal!)  For those who care, My Name is Earl and Medium are canceled…but Medium is moving to CBS, apparently!  Can you imagine Medium and Ghost Whisperer on together?  Crazy.

Bottom Line: The schedule is better than expected, though it was never going to be a winner with the Leno show stripped 5 nights a week.  Mondays are still a killer night, though I have to wonder how TRAUMA will do against comedies on CBS, Dancing with the Stars and Lie to Me (well, it might beat Lie to Me…hard to say).  The show feels so much like a 10 PM show.  Putting it on at 9 is going to cause parent groups to complain, I’m sure.

New Shows to Spec: Parks and Recreation (?) , Southland

Still viable Specs: The Office, 30 Rock, Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Heroes (?)

Possibly too old to start a new Spec: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU

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This post was written by Shawna on May 19, 2009

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Upfronts, Infronts and Affronts

So Upfronts are next week, that wonderful time of the year when we find out which shows live or die and what new shows we’ll be studying in the next season (whenever that begins for each network/cable outlet).

NBC started doing this absurd ‘Infront’ thing last year and really, I don’t think it’s working for them.  What did we learn?  Well, Leno is still going to be on 5 days a week, hacking away at the amount of scripted TV available for their programming.  Day One is an ‘event’ for mid season.  They still haven’t announced the fates of shows like CHUCK or LIFE (the latter of which is pretty much assumed to be canceled).

Since I’m back in the saddle here blogging (getting laid off does wonder for the free time), I’ll be following the developments closely.  Many of you know to see what articles I’ve tagged over at Friendfeed, but I’ll be doing more commentary and speculation about that news starting this week.

May also toy around with some new ideas for the bloggy-thing.  Time will tell.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 11, 2009

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Fallout

The bodies are starting to pile up…at CW ‘Reaper’ is a goner.  NBC looks to kill ‘Life’, and the future of ‘Chuck’ is still up in the air.  CBS will pull the plug on one of its two long-term procedurals ‘Without a Trace’ or ‘Cold Case’ (my money is on ‘Cold Case’ getting the axe, since I have a ‘Cold Case’ spec.)  ABC still hasn’t decided whether to give ‘Castle’ a reprieve yet.

And should we really talk about Fox Friday?  No, let’s not…

What shall we spec, friends?  How much more dead skin will the networks shed, in the hopes of finding shiny new skeins for next season?

I’ll be updating the Watch List.  A blood-letting is coming.

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This post was written by Shawna on April 20, 2009

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NBC gives 10 pm to Jay Leno

That chill in the air isn’t just the arrival of winter in Los Angeles — it’s the cold realization that network TV is in trouble.  BIG trouble.  Really, really big trouble.

We’ve been watching the antics of NBC all season, and believe me, it’s been entertaining.  Knight Rider is, technically, a bust.  No new hits have been generated.  ER, one of its top rated shows, is in its last season.  Heroes has eroded pretty badly due to an uneven (and that’s being kind) season.  Other dramas have all seen declines.  The only bright spots for NBC have been Sunday Night Football and Saturday Night Live (during the election season).

And now they’ve locked up Jay Leno, every night of the week.  At 10 PM.  IN PRIMETIME.

Think about that a moment, won’t you?  Five hours of television programming, mostly scripted dramas — GONE, once Leno takes over the spot.  It’s cheap for NBC, much cheaper for them to give over an hour to the audience who will watch him at 10, rather than at 11:35 than it is to keep trying to find a ‘hit’ 10 PM show.

I am not typically a doomsayer, but this does not bode well.

We can hope that this is another boneheaded NBC decision — hey! Let’s get rid of pilot season!  A 52-week TV season, how about that?  Uh…the talking car from the 80’s, let’s bring that back!

But there’s something far more disconcerting at work here.

This might actually pay off for them.

On any given night Leno pulls almost 5 million viewers at 11:35 PM.  If he doubles that audience, which he should, that immediately gives NBC better ratings on 3 of 5 nights of the week than they have right now with scripted one-hour dramas.  ER is in its last season.  KINGS will take its place come midseason.  Law and Order shows will bump to 9 PM and suddenly, there aren’t as many time slots to fill (and futures for LIFE and LIPSTICK JUNGLE, which has already been on the verge of cancellation look pretty dim).  Dateline NBC and The Apprentice can go back to midseason or ‘plug n play’ shows, filling gaps in the schedule when a new show crashes and burns.

Hopefully this will inspire some more cable nets to go scripted later at night…I gotta believe when a door closes, a window opens somewhere else.

Obviously this isn’t happening right away.  NBC still has seven months with Leno at The Tonight Show.  But then…all bets are off.

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This post was written by Shawna on December 9, 2008

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Does the future of Knight Rider depend on the auto industry bailout?

I think so.

Let’s consider for a moment the model which was used to finance “Knight Rider” for NBC.  It isn’t the cheapest show – it’s got some special effects and flash.  The way to make the show affordable was to tie in a corporate sponsor.

Enter Ford.

Ford sponsors the show.  The show features Ford vehicles heavily, basically acting as an hour long commercial for them.  A symbiotic relationship is born.

And then…trouble.  Ford suddenly finds itself in a financial mess.  They start looking around and what can easily be cut.  Advertising is one area where car companies spend, spend, spend.  Here’s this show that’s only performing moderately well and is fading.  Is it really a great deal for Ford anymore?

No.  I’m sure there was a conversation that went something like this:

“Yo Benny!”

“What up Deeeeeetroit?”

“We need some help.  You gotta do something about that Knight Rider show.”

“Dude, Hasselhoff canceling on us was harsh, but we’ll figure something out…”

“Don’t know if you’ve heard, Ben, but we’re bleeding here.  Asking Congress for billions of dollars.”

“Billions?  With a ‘B’?”

“You got it.  So, we need to trim a little.  I mean, we’ll still buy some Super Bowl ads, but we gotta cut back somewhere.  And this show…it kinda sucks.”

“Okay, well, what if you get the bank you want from Congress?  Would things be a little different then?”

“Well of course, man!  We could support ten Knight Riders!  But we gotta get the money first.”

“Well…Knight Rider is kinda my baby.  If I cancel it, it’s gonna look really bad for us.  So, what if we just…cut the season short?  We’ll wait it out to see if you guys get your money, and if you do…”

“…if we do, we’ll talk about how to fix the damn show while still showcasing fine Ford automobiles and trucks.”

“Sweet.”

So, there.  It’s up to you, Congress.  If you want “Knight Rider” to live, you’ll have to give Ford a lot of our money.  Of course, I’d rather see my money go toward fixing some friggin bridges or something, but hey, who am I to judge?  This is Knight Rider, people!

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This post was written by Shawna on December 4, 2008

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Comic Con Analysis for TV Watchers and Wannabes Part One

You’ve probably seen all of the news smothered over the internet like Smuckers raspberry preserves (yum), and you may have even seen some of the panels.

Now I want to pick it apart and analyze it all. What does all of this MEAN?

The week before Comic Con a little event called the TCA Fall Press Tour happened…not that’d you’d know, because it got a thimble-size of the press Comic Con received. Anymore the networks realize that connecting with fans is as important (if not moreso) than chattering at TV critics and reporters who cover this stuff for a living. Granted, most critics are also TV fans, and it becomes evident as they pick good quality shows to support which just don’t get the ratings they need to survive. It happens every year.

Still, getting fans engaged, the kind who go to big events like Comic Con can be “make or break” for a film, and now for TV shows too. Lost set the precedent (though I’m sure other shows have visited before that show launched) for launching at Comic Con and getting fan support early. If the fans like you, buzz builds online and people get excited for the show.

The lesson learned in 2007 was it is not enough to hype the pilot. Too many shows (See: Invasion, Surface, Bionic Woman and Journeyman) placed too much emphasis on the pilot and not on the whole show. The good news, is that for the shows that approach the marketing of their shows with creativity and flair (and let’s be fair, we’re talking mostly ‘genre’ shows here), it can pay great dividends. Two years ago Heroes was the belle of the ball. Last year the big buzz was around Pushing Daisies and Sarah Connor Chronicles. All of those shows saw good sampling based in part on their launches at Comic Con.

So what about this year? Who has benefited the most from their appearances at Comic Con. Let’s give each network a grade.

ABC presented panels for Lost and Pushing Daisies, both returning shows. ABC hasn’t picked up their midseason shows yet, and their new fall shows don’t really qualify as ‘genre’. Both panels were packed and response was very positive. The “Lost” panel gave away some fun prizes to people who asked questions and showed a short teaser video tieing into the new ARG running this year. They put the panel in the largest room (Hall H) which shows just how much demand there is for the show at Comic Con. “Daisies” also got good buzz going again with some clips for next season (the benefit for returning shows this year is that most have already started shooting at least a couple of episodes, so there was stuff to show). ABC did a good job with their show promotion, though I think “Daisies” could have used a stronger push. Overall, a good job. Grade: A-

CBS had no presence at Comic Con this year. Their only new genre show is Harper’s Island which was nowhere to be seen. Viacom makes up for this shortcoming with its Showtime offerings, which we’ll get to later. Grade: D

Fox pulled out all the stops for its shows. Not only did the new J.J. Abrahms show Fringe get lots of viral marketing, a panel and a screening of the pilot, but Fox was there to strongly promote Season 2 of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and other returning shows. Offerings ranged from the obvious (The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24) to the surprising (Bones, Prison Break, American Dad. And then there was Joss. Of course, nothing could hold back the hordes of Whedonites who needed their fix of Dollhouse. The panels were all well attended (although Fringe was less full than I expected), the marketing was really great for the fall premieres, and definitely buzz was built for the new shows. I think Fox knows how to promote their genre offerings. Grade: A

NBC After mixed results from their Comic Con promotion last year, I was glad to see that NBC bounced back and charged ahead aggressively. They too presented some unusual offerings — The Office writers panel? (A dream for us!) But they were in full force for freebies and viral campaigns for Knight Rider, Chuck, The Office, and Heroes. They also did well to give lots of early info on midseason show Kings which got some good buzz and attention at the Con. Disappointments: No Merlin or Crusoe news. Their booth in the exhibit hall was similar to last year, but the giveaways were good, and the Comic Con exclusive merchandise was very popular. Grade: A-

The CW Okay, so I know Supernatural and Smallville were both there, but where the heck was Reaper?? Grade: C- (Kudos to WB for promoting their studio backed shows — they had the Nerd Herd car giveaway/drawing)

Hard to believe that was just the network presence! Next post: The cable nets, and how does this impact writing specs?

UPDATE: A myriad of panels!

NBC’s Show Panels

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This post was written by Shawna on August 6, 2008

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The 2007-08 Season TV Watch List

Updated on 06/10.

New Series Premiere Dates / Status:

NETWORK:

  • Dance War (ABC) (could return next year)
  • Farmer Wants a Wife (CW) Wed 9 PM
  • Swingtown (CBS) Thurs 10 PM
  • Fear Itself (NBC) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Mole (ABC) Mon 9 PM
  • When Women Rule the World (Fox) TBD 9 PM
  • Celebrity Circus (NBC) 6/11 9 PM
  • Wipeout (ABC) 6/24 8 PM
  • I Survived a Japanese Gameshow (ABC) 6/24 9 PM
  • The Baby Borrowers (NBC) 6/25 8 PM
  • Hopkins 24/7 (documentary series) (ABC) 6/26 10 PM
  • Dance Machine (ABC) 6/27 8 PM
  • High School Musical: Summer Session (ABC) 7/20 8 PM
  • Wanna Bet? (ABC) 7/21 9 PM

CABLE:

  • Tell Me You Love Me (HBO) Sun 9 PM
  • America’s Psychic Challenge (Lifetime) Fri 10 PM
  • Girl Meets Cowboy (We) Sun 10 PM
  • The Shot (VH1) Sun 10 PM
  • It’s My Party (Lifetime) Fri 10 PM
  • In Treatment (HBO) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Step It Up and Dance (Bravo) Thurs 10 PM
  • Sarah Jane Adventures (SciFi) Fri 8 PM
  • The Alaska Experiment (Discovery) Tues 10 PM
  • In Plain Sight (USA) Sun 10 PM
  • Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime) 6/16 10:30 PM
  • The Starter Wife (series) (USA) October TBD

Renewed for 2008-09 Season (New shows for 07-08 indicated in bold):

  • Damages (FX) (Also renewed for 2009-10)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Dexter (Showtime) Sun 9 PM
  • Ugly Betty (ABC) Thurs 8 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sun 9 PM
  • Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Sun 10 PM
  • Lost (ABC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC) Mon 8 PM/Tues 9 PM
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) Sun 7 PM (19th season)
  • Supernanny (ABC) Wed 9 PM
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) Sun 8 PM
  • Wife Swap (ABC) Wed 8 PM
  • The Bachelor (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • WWE Smackdown (CW) Fri 8 PM (moving to MyNetwork TV next year!)
  • Heroes (NBC) Mon 9 PM
  • Gossip Girl (CW) Wed 9 PM
  • America’s Next Top Model (CW) Wed 8 PM
  • Smallville (CW) Thurs 8 PM
  • Everybody Hates Chris (CW) Mon 8 PM
  • Supernatural (CW) Thurs 9 PM
  • Survivor (CBS) Thurs 8 PM
  • The Amazing Race (CBS) Sun 8 PM
  • 60 Minutes (CBS) Sun 7 PM
  • CSI: Miami (CBS) Mon 10 PM
  • CSI: New York (CBS) Wed 10 PM
  • C.S.I. (CBS) Thurs 9 PM
  • NCIS (CBS) Tues 8 PM
  • E.R. (NBC) Thurs 10 PM (renewed for 15th and last season)
  • 24 (Fox) 9 PM (Won’t air until January 09)
  • One Tree Hill (CW) Tues 9 PM
  • Big Brother (CBS) Tues 9 PM
  • Prison Break (Fox) Mon 8 PM
  • Samantha Who? (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Dirty Sexy Money (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Chuck (NBC) Mon 8 PM
  • Life (NBC) Wed 10 PM
  • Private Practice (ABC) Wed 9 PM
  • Pushing Daisies (ABC) Wed 8 PM
  • Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) Wed 9 PM
  • Law and Order (NBC) Wed 9 PM
  • Friday Night Lights (NBC) Fri 9 PM
  • Lipstick Jungle (NBC) Thurs 10 PM
  • How to Look Good Naked (Lifetime) Fri 9:30 PM
  • 30 Rock (NBC) Thurs 8:30 PM
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC) Wed 8 PM
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) Thurs 8 PM
  • The Office (NBC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Medium (NBC) Mon 10 PM
  • Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) Sun 8 PM
  • Law and Order: SVU (NBC) Tues 10 PM
  • Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox) Mon 8 PM
  • Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (Bravo) Wed 10 PM
  • Project Runway (Lifetime) MOVING TO LIFETIME!!
  • Sunday Best (BET) Sun 8 PM
  • American Gangster (BET) Thurs 10 PM
  • Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo) 10 PM
  • Top Chef (Bravo) Wed 10 PM
  • Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo)
  • Top Design (Bravo)
  • Shear Genius (Bravo)
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
  • Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC) Thurs 10 PM
  • American Idol (Fox) Tues/Wed 8 PM
  • House (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • Bones (Fox) Tues 8 PM
  • Lincoln Heights (ABC Family) Mon 8 PM
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) Mon 9 PM
  • Ghost Hunters (SciFi) Wed 9 PM
  • The Game (CW) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? (Fox)
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (Fox)
  • Cops (Fox)
  • America’s Most Wanted (Fox)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) Sun 8 PM
  • Family Guy (Fox) Sun 9 PM
  • Boston Legal (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • The Ghost Whisperer (CBS) Fri 8 PM
  • The Tudors (Showtime) Sun 9 PM
  • Eli Stone (ABC) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Moment of Truth (Fox) Wed 9 PM (returns 6/12)
  • Reaper (CW) Tues 9 PM
  • The Unit (CBS) Tues 9 PM
  • Cold Case (CBS) Sun 9 PM
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Mon 8 PM
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Criminal Minds (CBS) Wed 9 PM
  • Without a Trace (CBS) Thurs 10 PM
  • Numb3rs (CBS) Fri 10 PM
  • 20/20 (ABC) Fri 10 PM
  • Scrubs (NBC) Thurs 9:30 PM (moves to ABC)
  • According to Jim (ABC) Tues 9 PM (returns midseason)
  • 10 Items or Less (TBS) 11 PM
  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS) 10 PM
  • Frank TV (TBS) Tues 11 PM
  • The Bill Engvall Show (TBS)
  • King of the Hill (Fox) Sun 8:30 PM
  • American Dad (Fox) Sun 9:30 PM
  • Torchwood (BBC America) Sat 9 PM [Season 3 only 5 eps no date]

Series Death Watch (New shows for 07-08 indicated in bold):

  • Online Nation (CW)
  • Nashville (Fox)
  • Viva Laughlin (CBS)
  • Kid Nation (CBS) Wed 8 PM
  • Las Vegas (NBC) Fri 10 PM
  • Girlfriends (CW) Mon 9 PM
  • Jericho (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • The Return of Jezebel James (Fox) Fri 8:30 PM
  • Journeyman (NBC) Mon 10 PM
  • Bionic Woman (NBC) Wed 9 PM
  • Phenomenon (NBC) Wed 8 PM
  • Clash of the Choirs (NBC)
  • Secret Talents of the Stars (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • Exalted! (BET) Sun 9 PM
  • Amne$ia (NBC) Fri 8 PM
  • Men in Trees (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Battlestar Galactica (SciFi) 9 PM (Series Ending)
  • Back to You (Fox) Wed 9:30 PM
  • October Road (ABC) Mon 10 PM
  • Aliens in America (CW) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Beauty and the Geek (CW) Tues 8 PM
  • New Amsterdam (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • K-ville (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • Big Shots (ABC) Thurs 10 PM
  • CW Now (CW) Sun 7 PM
  • Cavemen (ABC) Tues 8 PM
  • Carpoolers (ABC) Tues 8:30 PM
  • Cane (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • Life is Wild (CW) Sun 8 PM
  • American Band (Fox) Fri 8 PM
  • Crowned (CW) Wed 8 PM
  • Women’s Murder Club (ABC) Tues 10 PM
  • Welcome to the Captain (CBS) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Oprah’s Big Give (ABC) Sun 9 PM
  • Shark (CBS) Sun 10 PM
  • Power of 10 (CBS) Wed 8 PM
  • Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious Wed 9 PM
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Duel (ABC) Fri 9 PM
  • Moonlight (CBS) Fri 9 PM
  • Cashmere Mafia (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Canterbury’s Law (Fox) Fri 9 PM
  • The Singing Bee (NBC) Tues 9:30 PM
  • Miss/Guided (ABC) Thurs 8PM
  • quarterlife (Bravo) Tues 10 PM
  • Unhitched (Fox) Sun 9:30 PM
  • Dirt (FX) Tues 10 PM

Returning Series Premiere Dates:

NETWORK:

  • Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) Tues 9 PM
  • The Bachelorette (ABC) Mon 9 PM
  • Last Comic Standing (NBC) Thurs 8:30 PM
  • So You Think You Can Dance? (Fox) Tues 8 PM
  • Nashville Star (NBC) Mon 8 PM
  • America’s Got Talent (NBC) 6/17 9 PM

CABLE:

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) Sun 10 PM
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter (Spike) Wed 10 PM
  • Stargate Atlantis (SciFi) Fri 10 PM
  • Brotherhood (Showtime) Sun 10 PM
  • South Park (Comedy Central) Wed 10 PM
  • The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central) Wed 10:30 PM
  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent (USA) Sun 10 PM
  • Drawn Together (Comedy Central) Fri 10:30 PM
  • Nip/Tuck (FX) 10 PM
  • The L Word (Showtime) 10 PM
  • Hotel Babylon (BBC America) Wed 9 PM
  • The Riches (FX) Tues 10 PM
  • Greek (ABC Family) Mon 8 PM
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery) Tues 9 PM
  • Doctor Who (SciFi) Fri 9 PM
  • Workout (Bravo) Tues 10 PM
  • Robin Hood (BBC America) Sat 9 PM
  • Wildfire (ABC Family) Mon 9 PM
  • Burn Notice (USA) 6/10 10 PM
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List (Bravo) 6/12 9 PM
  • Weeds (Showtime) 6/16 10 PM
  • Flipping Out (Bravo) 6/17 9 PM
  • Monk (USA) 6/18 9 PM
  • Psych (USA) 6/18 10 PM
  • 30 Days (FX) 7/3 10 PM
  • The Shield (FX) 9/2 10 PM

A brief explanation of the watch list:

New shows premiere dates / status – consider this the neutral zone, detailing the premiere dates for new shows and tidbits of info which could forecast a move to another category.

Shows likely to be axed – their numbers aren’t good, news stories point to it being yanked, it may soon end up in the cancelled category.

NEW Series Pickups- this doesn’t mean it is renewed for next year, just that the series has gotten a full season order. (e.g., ‘back nine’ pickup).

Likely pickups – the numbers are good, all we need is the confirmation from the network (again, this is for full season orders, not renewals).

Renewed – Will be back next season (new or older shows).

Series death watch – they’ve been on the air and their time may be coming. We watch and wait… (new or older shows)

All other series premiere dates – Just what it says. These aren’t new series, but their premiere dates are listed and updated, just as an added service to you, my loyal readers and googlers passing by…

** New this year, I will be tracking the reality shows as well as scripted

Posted under watch list

This post was written by Shawna on June 10, 2008

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