NBC announces fall schedule: 'Chuck' stays, 'Southland' moves to Fridays

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NBC will premiere two new dramas and a single-camera comedy this fall and move the struggling cop series Southland to Fridays, where the net hopes it’ll have a better chance of surviving against Fox’s Dollhouse and ABC’s Ugly Betty. A special SNL Weekend Update will now run Thursdays at 8 p.m. to help prop up Amy Poehler’s ratings-challenged comedy Parks and Recreation at 8:30 p.m., while 30 Rock will temporarily move off the night to make way for Community, the new single-camera comedy about junior college life starring The Soup‘s Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. The Tina Fey laugher will be back in the winter.

Also this fall, Trauma — a drama about paramedics — will air after another season of Heroes on Mondays, while Parenthood — a small-screen take on the 1989 Ron Howard film of the same name — will lead into Law & Order: SVU on Wednesdays. And nothing’s changed at 10 p.m. (at least, since NBC last shocked Hollywood with the news): The Jay Leno Show is still airing in the primetime slot once reserved for (mostly) serious dramas.

Chuck is back and on Mondays this winter, along with the new high-concept drama Day One, about life after a global catastrophe. Also coming midseason: A new sitcom about a New York single gal called 100 Questions on Tuesdays, the nursing drama Mercy on Wednesdays, and an hour-long reality show from Jerry Seinfeld called The Marriage Ref on Sundays. Not coming back: My Name is Earl and Medium. “A couple of our shows were aging as we were getting younger,” explains NBC Entertainment Co-Chairman Ben Silverman. “And the demand for Chuck that came from online and the advertising base made us have to pick up that show. The other shows, there was not that kind of attention or energy.”

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

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
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 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’s mid-season 2010 schedule after the jump.

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NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE
(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)

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
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)

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The Ausiello Files, for the latest renewals and cancellations
Ausiello’s Fall TV cheat sheet
CBS picks up four new dramas, new Jenna Elfman comedy
Gallery: Inside the ‘NCIS’ spinoff
Q&A: Catching up with Alex O’Loughlin

NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE
(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)

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
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)

More TV news:
ABC announces fall schedule, ‘Ugly Betty’ moves to Fridays
Fox announces fall schedule, acknowledges Whedon fans
The Ausiello Files, for the latest renewals and cancellations
Ausiello’s Fall TV cheat sheet
CBS picks up four new dramas, new Jenna Elfman comedy
Gallery: Inside the ‘NCIS’ spinoff
Q&A: Catching up with Alex O’Loughlin

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  • Courtney

    What about Friday Night Lights? I know it won’t run until mid-season but why isn’t it up there?

  • Amy

    Nooooo don’t move Southland to Fridays. I don’t want it to get cancelled.

    • andy

      i know i love southland we need to fight to not lose this one it has the pontenial to run longer than ER!

  • Liz

    Courtney—that was my EXACT question!

  • Emmy

    OMG I have to wait almost a YEAR to see Chuck again!!!! NBC, If you want to save money look to your execs paycheck!

  • Elizabeth

    I almost had to jump out the window when I didn’t see 30 Rock listed…

  • shannon

    can we please boycott leno every night so it will fail, and then we have more room for decent programming? can we start a campaign?

  • Kyle

    I know the post by Courtney above just stated this, but I’m saying it as well: WHERE IS ‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS’ on the mid-season schedule?????????????????

  • Kyle

    OK…had to leave another cuz just realized–so WHAT, ’30 ROCK’ isn’t back until AFTER the Olympics are done? Why is it moved to ‘mid-season replacement’ status? Does that mean an abbreviated season???!! NBC wtf are you DOING????!?!!!!!!

  • AuntieMM

    Okay…why save Chuck if you are a) waiting until January to air it and b) keeping it in the Monday time slot where it will be creamed again by a combination of House/AI or DWTS/BBT and HIMYM? All that work to save this show only to lose the momentum with this lame scheduling. I have no doubt that Chuck’s 13 episodes will be the last.

    • andy

      who watched chuck? its a pretty lame concept anyways! i’ll stick to fox on monday with House!

    • Roxana

      So glad to read that Chuck is back! Love this comedy. Finally something good to watch again on Mondays.

  • Melinda65

    According to TV Guide, FNL won’t air on NBC until SUMMER. Unless, of course, Leno’s show crashes and burns and they needs something to plug in that time slot…? I’m with Shannon; Nielsen viewers, don’t watch the show. The rest of us peons need to not DVR or watch it online. I’m not anti-Leno, other than I think that he’s unfunny and can’t stand to listen to him laugh at his own jokes. No, it’s NBC’s fault that he’s got the 9 PM (Central) time slot.

  • Marc

    I’ve read elsewhere that Friday Night Lights will return to NBC in Summer 2010. I’d advise all of you to get DirecTV and watch it there!
    I hope this Jay Leno experience FAILS!!!

  • Adam

    NBC will fall, and it will be laughable. So many mistakes in that schedule, unlined by putting Law & Order and Southland on Fridays! Plus Leno every night…
    There’s no hope.

    http://tvdonewright.com/2009-2010-season-preview/

  • MereP

    I hope this Leno experiment fails and that we will get some decent drama or comedy programming no reality tv in the time slot again. I hope NBC crashes and burns b/c they’ve pretty much gotten rid of their great programming and have moved their solid shows to midseason. Based on thier current schedule I can’t see myself making any time to watch anything they have to offer.

  • TL

    NBC is just looking for excuses to keep Leno from jumping ships.
    -TL

    http://grittywriter.wordpress.com/

  • Sue

    FNL won’t be back til summer? Ugh… I’d take the Taylors over the Lenos anyday.

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