2007 Fall Upfronts: Day One

May 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, TV News | Leave a comment

Here’s the lowdown on NBC’s new and returning series:

Returning Series:
Heroes: Staying at Mondays at 9 pm after Deal or No Deal. I don’t really get what’s going on here, but NBC is doing the regular season of Heroes, plus a spinoff called Heroes: Origins, where a new character will be introduced each week, and then viewers can vote online to pick which one will join the regular cast next season. This sounds … needlessly complex.

The Office: It’s a good thing this show is awesome, because it’s going to be on all the time — 20 regular episodes and 5 one-hour episodes. It’s staying at Thursday at 9 pm, so sucks for you, Grey’s Anatomy fans.

My Name Is Earl: 25 episode renewal. I love this new “we’re not going to be restricted by the 22-episode paradigm” attitude, but sheesh. Will stay at Thursdays at 8 pm.

30 Rock: A full renewal, hurray! It’s moving up to Thursdays at 8:30 pm, another vote of confidence.

Scrubs: Renewed, but only for 18 episodes. Amazingly, it will actually air in the fall, staying at Thursdays at 9:30 pm.

Friday Night Lights: Unfortunately, Friday Night Lights will now be airing on Fridays at 10 pm, after a block of game shows and Las Vegas. That’s usually when I’m out with a beer in my hand, but luckily I’ve got a DVR. This is kind of a depressing move, at least it’s a renewal, and perhaps it will take some of the ratings pressure off.

Notice how I didn’t mention Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or Crossing Jordan? That’s cause they’re canceled.

New Series:
Journeyman: Stars Kevin McKidd (Vorenus!) as a newspaper reporter who travels through time and changes lives. Somewhere in time, he bumps into an old girlfriend, but he’s already married, awkward! Does he get tomorrow’s newspaper on his doorstep every morning like Early Edition? We’ll have to wait and see. Airing Mondays at 10 pm, so maybe it’ll catch some of the Heroes crowd.

Chuck: A “comedic spy thriller” about a geek who gets secrets embedded in his brain and is persuaded to become a government agent. The premise sounds funny, but that lame Sarah Lancaster is in it, so I’m marking this one down as suspect. Tuesdays at 9 pm after The Biggest Loser.

Bionic Woman: From the folks who brought you Battlestar Galactica. These guys are great at “reimagining” series, but … seriously, Bionic Woman? Wednesdays at 9 pm. (Make sure to check out Katee Sackhoff in the trailer here.)

Life: A police detective returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, hopefully with a Life sentence. (Honestly, they couldn’t come up with a better title than Life?) Wednesdays at 10 pm.

Lipstick Jungle: Based on the book, which I did not read. Has Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price as a bunch of career-oriented Carrie Bradshaws. Or I guess that makes them Miranda Hobbeses. Sundays at 10 pm.

The IT Crowd: Like The Office but with Joel McHale. Luckily, he has plenty of office experience from doing those Burger King commercials. Not currently on the schedule, so it might get plugged in wherever the first cancellation is, or just fill in on Thursdays for Scrubs.

Preview NBC’s new shows on their site or here.

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