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Well despite a lot of talk otherwise NBC and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios announced that Law & Order along with Heroes, Mercy, and Trauma will not be returning for next season. While the last three might not be a surprise one has to wonder about the franchise that was about to take the record as longest running hour long series on television away from Gunsmoke.
Bromstad said “it was time to move on”, but Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Intent will be joined by a new Law & Order: Los Angeles in the fall lineup. (Law & Order: Criminal Intent can be viewed on NBC Universal’s USA Network.)
Bromstad and Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment introduced the new season together and it is filled with new shows as well as some winners from the will it be picked up for another season pile like Chuck and Parenthood.
Here is the new schedule as announced: New shows are underlined and italicized.MONDAY
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Parenthood
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are?/School Pride
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dateline NBC
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Outlaw
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Football Night in America
8:15 – 11:30 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football
SUNDAY (beginning March 2011)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dateline NBC
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Minute to Win It
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Celebrity Apprentice
Saturday night will be held for repeats of weekday shows.
Parks and Recreation and The Marriage Ref will return sometime in mid-season slots. Also announced at this time are possible mid-season replacements The Cape, Friends with Benefits, Perfect Couples, Harry’s Law, The Paul Reiser Show, and America’s Next Great Restaurant.
Out of the new shows there seem to be some interesting ones like Undercovers from J.J. Abrams most recently of Star Trek fame as well as “Lost” and “Alias” and maybe mid-season replacement The Cape starring Summer Glau. Undercovers is sort of like a Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the small screen and The Cape seems to be a show in the Heroes mold. We’ll see as the season gets closer and we get more information on these new shows.
With eight new shows out of seventeen and a number waiting in the wings it looks like NBC is looking for a new crop of television to revive their failing numbers. Let’s hope for some winners this time around. Thanks for reading…Jeffery Yarter