NBC: More FNL, Lipstick, Office spin-off

Forward-looking NBC got a jump on the other networks today when it announced its 2008-2009 schedule before advertisers in New York. The network has long been touting its plans to change the way its business has been run (probably a good thing after a dismal few years), and it certainly did that by looking as far ahead as summer 2009.

First the highlights:

A spin-off for The Office is in the works and will debut after next year's Super Bowl in early February. There are no details on the show, but don't count on the rumored Dwight Schrute solo show; actor Rainn Wilson recently said he knew nothing of such a project. [UPDATE] The entire Office team will be behind the spin-off, and some actors from the original may find themselves in the new show.

There is a god: Friday Night Lights is coming back to NBC, but won't take snaps until early 2009 on Fridays. [UPDATE] Turns out the rumors were true. In an unusual move for a major network, the third season of Friday Night Lights will debut on DirecTV on October 1, and then re-air on NBC in February. At the moment, the third season has a 13-episode order.

Lipstick Jungle will pucker up for a second season this fall. However, it has been unusually paired with Knight Rider and Deal or No Deal...not sure why that trio makes sense together.

Thursday will continue to be comedy night, with My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office, and Saturday Night Live primetime specials in the fall and the Office spin-off in the winter. Matthew Broderick will also join 30 Rock in the upcoming season, but it's unclear in what capacity.

Medium is still among the living, scheduled for Sunday nights in the winter.

Chuck and Life are still on track for the fall, with the former being paired once again with Heroes on Monday nights, and Life moved to (gulp!) Fridays. However, it will be paired with Friday Night Lights in early 2009, making for a quality two-hour block of television.

NBC also announced that it has partnered with Liberty Mutual to sponsor certain shows, kind of like what television used to in the old days ("Welcome to 21, sponsored by Geritol!"). The insurance company will start off by plastering its name on a pair of two-hour backdoor pilots, including Kings starring Ian McShane. Should the telefilms get picked up to series, Liberty Mutual will have first dibs on continuing the advertising partnership with the show.

New shows on NBC's schedule include My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater (Mondays, fall 2008), comedy Kath & Kim starring Molly Shannon (Tuesdays, fall 2008), Knight Rider (Wednesdays, fall 2008), island-bound drama Crusoe (Fridays, fall 2008), drama The Philanthropist (Mondays, winter 2009), untitled Office spin-off (Thursdays, winter 2009), Merlin and Kings (Sundays, winter 2009), America's Toughest Jobs (Mondays, summer 2009), Shark Taggers (Wednesdays, summer 2009), The Listener (Thursdays, summer 2009), and kitchen reality show Chopping Block (Fridays, summer 2009).

This is of course all subject to change.

NBC's future schedule in semi-easy-to-read chart form (new shows in bold):

FALL 2008-2009

Monday
8 p.m. Chuck
9 p.m. Heroes
10 p.m. My Own Worst Enemy

Tuesday
8 p.m. The Biggest Loser: Families
9:30 p.m. Kath & Kim
10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Wednesday
8 p.m. Knight Rider
9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
10 p.m. Lipstick Jungle

Thursday
8 p.m. My Name is Earl
8:30 p.m. 30 Rock
9 p.m. The Office
9:30 p.m. The Office/Saturday Night Live
10 p.m. ER

Friday
8 p.m. Crusoe
9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
10 p.m. Life

Saturday
8 p.m. Dateline NBC
9 p.m. Knight Rider (repeats)
10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeats)

Sunday
7 p.m. ET Pregame and Sunday Night Football

WINTER 2009

Monday
8 p.m. Chuck
9 p.m. Heroes
10 p.m. The Philanthropist

Tuesday
8 p.m. The Biggest Loser: Couples
9:30 p.m. Kath & Kim
10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Wednesday
8 p.m. Knight Rider
9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
10 p.m. Law & Order

Thursday
8 p.m. My Name is Earl
8:30 p.m. 30 Rock
9 p.m. The Office
9:30 p.m. The Office spin-off
10 p.m. ER/Celebrity Apprentice

Friday
8 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9 p.m. Friday Night Lights
10 p.m. Life

Saturday
8 p.m. Dateline NBC
9 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeats) 10 p.m. Law & Order (repeats)

Sunday
7 p.m. Specials/Dateline NBC
8 p.m. Specials/Merlin
9 p.m. Specials/Medium
10 p.m. Specials/Kings

SUMMER 2009

Monday
8 p.m. American Gladiators
9 p.m. America's Toughest Jobs
10 p.m. Dateline NBC

Tuesday
8 p.m. Most Outrageous Moments
9 p.m. America's Got Talent
10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeats)

Wednesday
8 p.m. Shark Taggers
9 p.m. America's Got Talent
10 p.m. Law & Order (repeats)

Thursday
8 p.m. The Office
8:30 p.m. The Office spin-off
9 p.m. Last Comic Standing
10 p.m. Listener

Friday
8 p.m. Chopping Block
9 p.m. Dateline NBC

Saturday
8 p.m. Drama Encores

Sunday
7 p.m. Dateline NBC
8 p.m. Monk
9 p.m. Nashville Star
10 p.m. Kings (repeats)

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I got 20 bucks on the Office spin-off being, "The Warehouse", and focusing on all the shipping and warehouse guys. (could easily have the 'cameos' its suppose too, and not break up any of the shows primary characters...) would probably be hit or miss..
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I think I'm going to stay away from NBC from now on, every year they cancel the best new show on TV and the replacement always does worst (ratings wise).

Happened with Studio 60 and now Journeyman.

Chuck is ok, but not a must see, Heroes' second season was messy and not close to the first one, FNL and Life are both good shows, but I'll DVR them and stay away from anything new NBC brings until it gets a 3rd season (kinda like the microsoft and version 3.0 rule)
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sunday at 9pm for medium? what the frak are they thinking? it's way to adult of a show to be on at 9pm, and it just got it's best ratings on mondays at 10pm, why movie it!
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It kind of sucks that we have to wait till winter o9 for Heros & FNL but @ least FNL is still on NBC
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I know who the office spin off is going to be about, its starring toby. You can see the last episode of this season is called Goodbye Toby.
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Absolutely great news about Life and Friday Night Lights, and glad to be getting more office. NBC should do them self a favor though and keep Paris Hilton off Earl, because that show is really losing my interest.

I really thought FNL was done though with the way the season ended this year, kindda anti-climatic, kept thinking there was more to come this season. Still don't get how come the night true high school football fans, and I would think most of the core viewers are suppose to help the ratings are out on Friday envenings. When most have D/L or DVR the show, and the networks still don't count all those viewers properly.

I hate that Journeyman got cancelled though!
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wow great info, now I know what on NBC I can look forward too
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Very happy to see Heroes and Chuck coming together! thanks a lot!!!
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life would seem to be better paired with law & order then friday night lights. I really enjoyed the first season of life and looking forward to the second.
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An Office spinoff? I'm not sure how good that would be. I mean, they can't take any of the characters off the show or it won't be the same. If they do I hope it centers around an extremely minor character like Jan or Toby.



I am psyched though that Friday Night Lights is coming back. I got into it this February and have been terrified that it would be cancelled.
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Looks good to me
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Good: Heroes and Law and order
BAD ( really bad) : Knight Rider.
I'm glad they skipped on Bionic Woman and Journeyman. I really don't like remakes ( unless they are really good, which is hard to do) and Journeyman was interesting in the first episode and the it just fell flat ( but the acting was good...almost convincing)
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no law and order ci
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YEAH! 'Crossing Jordan' was great.



...for me to poop on.
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See NBC, this is what you get when you cancelled the BEST show you had on your network, "Crossing Jordan" and not even give its loyal fans a decent ending or closure. Now you have nothing that I would care to watch except for 'Medium' to which you've doomed to a slow death on sundays I see, and 'My Name Is Earl' which I forget to watch in my excitement over CSI for the night. And as for ER, I think its time to stop beating that tired horse and let it go. Gone are the good old days with Docs Greene, Carter, Ross and Benton. Thank god for my dvd sets. Good luck NBC(not really) and if you head honchos were smart, you would bring back 'Jordan' and make a lot of us very very happy.
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YAY!!

But I have to wait next year for LIFE and Heroes to reach New Zealand.



Kath and Kim? Can someone please watch this show and tell me what you think. I've watch the Australian version of Kath and Kim and omg it was so funny!!!!:D:D:D:D
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I am liking the upcoming schedule. Chuck, Knight Rider, Apprentice, Football, Monk, and then some premiers are what I will be watching.
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Friday Night Lights, Chuck, 30 Rock, The Office and Life are the only shows worth anything on NBC. Heroes is done. and thanks for bringing back Knight Rider: is that really necessary?
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If ever there was a show that needed to die it is ER. Has this dinosaur not given it's all? There is nobody left for Abby to sleep with!!! She's run through all the guys. What is she going to do? Pull a Carrie? Let it go!
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There goes Journeyman.... I was hoping they'd bring it back... I guess it's a good trade off for Knight Rider. *Tries to stay optimistic*
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So you cancelled Studio 60 after a wonderful first season but end up bringing Friday Night Lights? BOOOOOO.



If you really didnt have the funds, you should have just cancelled both or kept Studio 60, boo NBC, boo.
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Heroes!
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Thank you NBC!! The first network to listen to the fans. Taking a chance with the FNL experiment, I will call it, is wonderful!! We all watch it except for the Nielson Box dinosaurs. Thank you for bringing it back. And kudos on Life and Chuck. 2 great shows as well. NBC my new favorite network which I will support and spread the good work of courage they decided to show!
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Glad to see Chuck and Heroes on the same night again.
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I don't know about an Office spinoff. I love The Office and if they have to remove a major character to make a new show, they'd better have a really good idea of what they're going to do. The only spinoffs that are succesful are those with a plan, and with an actor and character that is built up for a new show: Cheers' Fraiser, The Daily Show's Colbert Report and a few others have been succesful. Not many are, though.
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It's weird to see an NBC comedy block that doesn't include Scrubs. Of course, it was always the plan for Scrubs to be gone next year, but it was supposed to end this year with a proper finale. So now I guess we just see what ABC does.



Glad to see Chuck is returning, and am relieved to see FNL renewed. I'm guessing the DirecTV deal will mean that they won't be real willing to put the show on the net to watch (or even on Amazon Unbox to buy?).
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I am really happy to see some of these shows back :)
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I forgot, law and order: ci is now on USA network.
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And great news on Friday Night Lights. I'm wondering if this new type of deal (with DirectTV)might be a great way for some of the networks to bring back shows that are really great -- even when the rabid reality tv fans never watch! Something that would have been great for shows like Firefly, Jericho, etc.
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the office, SVU, 30 rock are NBC's best lineup right now. i dont understand why they need an office spin off.
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were are the shows that they announced were canceled? are they too scared to confirm some shows are canceled... jeez. FNL and the office are two of the best Tv shows, im glad they are back.
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when is fall?
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Looks like another crappy year for NBC. Most of the new fall shows look destined to be cancelled after only a few episodes. The only NBC shows I watch are 30 Rock and The Office. Of all the characters in The Office, Jan seems the most likely to get a spin-off, which I think could be an interesting show if it's done correctly.
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No thanks whatsoever.
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I'm happy that ER, Law and Order, Medium, and Law and Order SVU are back. I'm still super mad that they cancelled Journeyman though. I just hope Law and Order CI is back on USA. (And at a different time slot so it doesn't interfere with ER). I have to admit, I was worried about ER though.
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uggh! where's my "las vegas"?? they kind of left it at a cliffhanger, so what are we supposed to do now? is it going to be like "Providence" where the show ended without having a 'final season' or even just a final episode!!!
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Steve509 - Other than the basic idea of time-travel and the ripple-effect, there is nothing similar whatsoever between Quantam Leap and Journeyman, and I'm a big fan of both shows! Sam Becket temporarily inhabited other people's bodies when he jumped, and had to do his best to keep up pretenses while in the past so no one would be the wiser. Al was the only connection he ever had to his own time, and he had no real responsibilty to the present. However, Dan Vassar has an investment in the present: his family and his job. Also, he jumps around as his own self, and also makes more than one jump to complete any one mission. And, he has several fellow travelers, a concept that was not used in the earlier series until shortly before it ended. So, other than the basic premise that I mentioned in the beginning, what exactly is it that makes you think that Journeyman "copied" from Quantam Leap? Is it the blue light? Seriously.
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Curse you NBC for canceling Journeyman! Curse YOU!!!
I really enjoyed that show. At least I still have Heroes and Chuck.
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By the way for all of those people that REALLY thought Journeyman was that good of a show, all I have is two words for you...Quantum Leap. Been there, done that. That is just like CBS copying off of NBC's idea of Medium with Ghost Whisperer.
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Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Medium and Law & Order are back! Super sweet! I had no doubt about Heroes and Law & Order, but I was especially happy with FNL and Medium. Friday Night Lights is such an underappreciated show and does not get enough publicity. There are a couple of shows that are coming back that definitely should not be - Lipstick Jungle and Life. Both of those shows are officially dead and will not last beyond another season. Probably the most exciting news from NBC was the announcement of ER coming back for a record breaking 15th season! I hope that the ratings are so great next season that the execs at NBC will decide to keep it around for maybe one more year after that. All in all, it looks like NBC may have the winning edge for the upcoming fall season. With new programming all year long, I have no doubt that NBC will once again be at the top of their game!
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not sure with that snl but i might watch Kath & Kim
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Life airs on a Friday? Not that this will affect my watching it (was very high on my favorite list of new shows from last year) and really, now that I think about it, it might work out better for me! I find that Fridays and Saturdays are not as overloaded with shows that I am interested in (yet)!
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I'm curious what goes on inside the heads of studio execs.
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This is why NBC is doing so crappy. First they build their entire fall around Bionic Woman, which was a poorly executed show from the beginning. And so it was destined to fail. Yet they put no effort into Journeyman, which was wholly superior show, and bounced it without giving a second thought.



Then they see a ton of people watch the Knight Rider movie and greenlight a show for it even though the majority of people thought the movie was bad. I see Knight Rider's ratings heavily eroding after the first week and it becoming next season's Bionic Woman.
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So happy that Chuck is coming back. I love that show. I don't understand The Office having a spin-off. I hope they don't split the cast up because that might hurt The Office. Maybe the spin-off will feature another branch?
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Wow, you dumped journeyman for a spin off of a 30 minute comedy show? get real nbc.
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The Office needs a spin off?? It was funny as is, unless this ends up working well back to back ala The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. I lost interest in Scrubs 4 years ago (couldn't DJ/Elliot/Turk just be running their own hospital by now?) Knight Rider gets an hour...? Ya that's a mistake. I knew Heroes was coming back and Chuck is fortunate enough to be attached to it. Look like a good return of old favorites.
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I'm glad for Heroes, Chuck and ER. I can't wait until this fall. Yay! :D
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I can't wait to see FNL, Life, Heroes, Earl, and the Office.....all great shows. The Office spin off sounds good as long it's a funny as the original. NBC seems to have a pretty good lineup.
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I can't wait both to see Heroes back and to see what they'll do with Knight Rider. I hope both are great, because I miss tv shows everyday. This year with the strike was kind of boring...
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