NBC dates, shuffles fall lineup


It was NBC's turn to unveil its fall lineup dates and schedule at the Television Critics Association press tour today, and for the most part, things look a lot like they did back in May at the network's upfronts, with only a few changes.

On Monday, September 24, NBC will debut its scripted fall lineup at 8 p.m. with Chuck, the comedy about a young college student who is thrust into a world of espionage. The show gets the privilege of being lead-in for the network's most anticipated program, the season two premiere of the smash hit Heroes. Chuck was originally scheduled for Tuesday nights, but now replaces Deal or No Deal in its new slot.

Deal or No Deal moves into its new slot on Friday nights at 8 p.m., and, as previously announced, can also be seen on Wednesday nights. Filling the Tuesday slot vacated by Chuck will be the new singing competition The Singing Bee, which recently premiered on the network to some success.

In addition to Chuck, scripted shows making their first appearance on television include the time-traveling Journeyman (September 24 at 10 p.m.), the supercharged remake Bionic Woman (September 26 at 9 p.m.), and the House-if-he-were-a-detective show Life (September 26 at 10 p.m.).

As previously mentioned, the highly anticipated second season of Heroes will debut following Chuck on September 24. My Name Is Earl and The Office kick off their seasons with hour-long episodes on September 27, with fellow Thursday-night comedy 30 Rock debuting its second season the following week at 8 p.m.

On the drama side, Friday Night Lights takes the field for its second season on October 5, and Las Vegas will air its latest with a two-hour season premiere on September 28.

Below is the fall premiere schedule for NBC:

September 11
The Biggest Loser (8-10 p.m.)

September 17
Deal or No Deal (8-9 p.m.)

September 24
Chuck (8-9 p.m.)
Heroes (9-10 p.m.)
Journeyman (10-11 p.m.)

September 25
The Singing Bee (9:30-10 p.m.)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10-11 p.m.)

September 26
Deal or No Deal (8-9 p.m., Wednesday debut)
Bionic Woman (9-10 p.m.)
Life (10-11 p.m.)

September 27
My Name Is Earl (8-9 p.m.)
The Office (9-10 p.m.)
ER (10-11 p.m.)

September 28
Deal or No Deal (moves to new day, 8-9 p.m.)
Las Vegas (9-11 p.m.)

October 4
30 Rock (8-8:30 p.m.)

October 5
Friday Night Lights (9-10 p.m.)

October 25
Scrubs (9:30-10 p.m.)

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