NBC Announces Primetime Schedule for 2009/2010 Season

nbc-shows-09-10You’ve already heard about the batch of new shows when NBC decided to announce part of its schedule earlier in the month. Now the full schedule is available for you to check out!

One of the things I like about the new NBC schedule is that the network is cutting back on the number of repeats on its schedule next season, offering up fall and midseason lineups that aim to have as much new programming on the air as possible. It almost makes up for the fact that they’re scrapping 5 hours of primetime for Jay Leno. Almost.

The new schedule includes “Heroes” moving to an earlier time in the fall, a crime-show block on Friday nights with “Law & Order” and “Southland” — and the aforementioned, “The Jay Leno Show” every weeknight at 10 ET. The plan to have original program throughout the entire fall/winter season means a lot of shows have a shorter run and have to share timeslots with each other. “Heroes,” for instance, will air at 8 p.m. ET Mondays in the fall, while “Chuck” will take over at midseason. The Winter Olympics, which run from Feb. 12-28, will likely provide the breaking point between the two schedules.

While there are shows that have to split the season with each other, there are some that get the full year treatment. The network’s Thursday night comedy block will remain pretty much intact, with newcomer “Community” joining “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.” “Law & Order: SVU” will move to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and remain there throughout the season, as will the “L&O”-“Southland” crime night on Fridays.

NBC decided to hand out walking papers for their veteran shows “My Name Is Earl” and “Medium.” However, they may not be entirely dead. “Medium” has been picked up by CBS, while “My Name Is Earl” may be picked up by FOX.

During the presentation, NBC Entertainment president Ben Silverman defended his choice of sticking by shows with a smaller audience by saying “Quality makes you more patient.” By quality, he admits he means that despite the less-than-desirable ratings, he’s willing to stand by shows that have critical support and in some cases advertising support (i.e. “Chuck”)

Silverman credited the online campaigns for the renewal of Chuck. Subway (which is now an ad partner) and fans who sent him “more Nerds than anyone can consume in a lifetime,” all of which made the decision to renew the show “easy”. With the new partnership with Subway, could Sarah no longer be serving frozen yogurt and switching over to subs? There was speculation that the number of “Chuck” episodes was reduced due to budget issues, but it turned out to be false. The network could extend the show past 13 episodes into more original episodes in the summer. However, the WB (the studio that produces Chuck) did order for a budget cut to meet NBC’s licensing fees. Schwartz claims that he will try to keep the show at the same level as last season, but expect fewer Buy More moments.

In hopes of keeping their Thursday night comedy block alive, NBC is launching “Community” starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. This is definitely one of the most promising shows to premiere this fall. Like what Silverman said, they’ve definitely struck “gold” with this show.

Let’s check out the NBC 2009-2010 Schedule!

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 (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, 2010)

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. – Chuck
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 (two-hour edition)

*New Show
*Old Show, New Timeslot

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