Office, Earl, L&O coming back soon

By Tim Surette

Feb 14, 2008

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The industry watchers with the crystal balls seem to have gotten it right. NBC today announced its post-strike lineup, and things are going just as expected.

The biggest news is that Heroes, Chuck and Life will sit the rest of the season out, as was expected for the serialized drama and two newcomers. Heroes' Hayden Panettiere, who plays indestructible cheerleader Claire on the show (but you knew that already), also alerted fans yesterday that the show wouldn't be back this season.

Chuck, starring Zachary Levi as an accidental spy, and Life, starring Damian Lewis as a cop freed from a wrongful imprisonment, were previously announced to be picked up for full seasons--nine more episodes than the initial order of 13--back in November. Now it appears they're guaranteed a second season after a strike-shortened premiere season. NBC did not announce how many episodes it had ordered of each program.

NBC's current season will be carried on by its slate of successful comedies. My Name is Earl will return with a one-hour episode on April 3. The Office, 30 Rock, and Scrubs will all return with new episodes a week later on April 10.

On a more serious note, a quartet of the network's dramas will also be returning with new episodes in April. ER returns April 10, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be back on April 15, and Law & Order resumes April 23. Additionally, Medium will continue its run of original episodes.

The rest of NBC's slate is still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

For more on the writers' strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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  • ira_singhal Feb 21, 2008

    what about friday night lights?? i hope to god they are keeping it!

  • MaDMaxXx89 Feb 21, 2008

    So sad without Heroes.

  • Gibbs_Gal Feb 20, 2008

    OMG! No more Life til September?!?! Nooooooooo! If they've finished 13 episodes then they should air them! They've only aired 11! I can't wait til Sept! Argh... BUT! Good to know that it's coming back.

  • CrimsonKitty88 Feb 18, 2008

    I'm so excited for Heroes, THe Office, and Scrubs. Especially since this is the last season of Scrubs and putting it on hold like this has not made it any easier.

  • D-LinkUK Feb 18, 2008

    I've not really watched the majority of renewed shows above but i love Chuck and am so glad it's being renewed for a second season, just pity we have to wait.

  • staind47 Feb 16, 2008

    I'm just incredibly happy about Scrubs. Now Bill Lawrence and co. can end it they way they want to.

  • TheblackP Feb 16, 2008

    Thank god, this strike has been a long run. I'm glad The Office is coming back. Too bad that Heroes has to wait, untill next season. But, still, it's great that the strike is over, and we get new episodes from our favourite shows! Thanks!

  • SMGslayer97 Feb 15, 2008

    I'm just glad some shows are returning. It's a bummer that we won't get to see new eps of some till fall but it could in fact be a lot worse. I mean just think what it would be like if no shows returned till fall, now that would be terrible.

  • ccsballplaya30 Feb 15, 2008

    Ahh...No Chuck til fall??!!! :( Well, at least it's coming back, not sure what I'd do without it... I heard Bionic Woman isn't coming back at all, which kinda stinks b/c it was a pretty good show.

  • BringOutBopit45 Feb 15, 2008

    The Office is back! Yay!

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