With the success of Heroes, one of the recent bright spots for network NBC, it was not at all surprising to see the drama firmly entrenched in the Monday night primetime slot when NBC announced its fall lineup today.
What was a bit surprising, however, was a six-episode spin-off of the series titled Heroes: Origins. The show will run during the Heroes midseason break, says Reuters, and detail a brand new character each week.
The characters' fates will be in the hands of the viewers, as online voting will propel one of the half-dozen new "ordinary people with extraordinary powers" into the following season of Heroes as a regular cast member. The six episodes will bring the total number of Heroes episodes up to 30 for its second season.
NBC was nothing short of a superhero for Law & Order as the network renewed the long-running crime drama series for its 18th season, ending speculation that it could move to TNT. Jack McCoy and company will do their thing in a new timeslot, Sunday at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, Law & Order spin-off Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been ordered over to the NBC Universal's USA Network. New episodes will premiere on the cable channel, with repeat runs running on NBC at a later date. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will also be back and remain in its Tuesday night timeslot.
NBC also confirmed what was reported early by various outlets last week. Scrubs, Friday Night Lights, and Medium are coming back for another season, and Crossing Jordan, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Black Donnellys have been cancelled.
In addition to the four new dramas picked up late last week, NBC will also be adding the estrogen-charged Lipstick Jungle to its schedule. The show is based on a novel by Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City), and doesn't stray too far from the formula of Bushnell's popular HBO series. Lipstick follows three high-power female execs in New York City as they deal with their jobs, life in the big city, and yes, men.
Speaking of following formulas, NBC is recycling another corporate-set British comedy for American audiences, as it did with The Office. The IT Crowd takes a look at life from the perspective of a geeky Information Technology department "of a large, impersonal corporation." The show is expected to join the fall lineup midway through the season.
Below are the days and times of NBC's 2007-2008 fall lineup.
(New shows are highlighted in bold)
8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. Heroes
10-11 p.m. Journeyman
8-9 p.m. The Biggest Loser
9-10 p.m. Chuck
10-11 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. Bionic Woman
10-11 p.m. Life
8-8:30 p.m. My Name Is Earl
8:30-9 p.m. 30 Rock
9-9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30-10 p.m. Scrubs
10-11 p.m. ER
8-9 p.m. 1 vs 100/The Singing Bee
9-10 p.m. Las Vegas
10-11 p.m. Friday Night Lights
8-9 p.m. Dateline NBC
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores
SUNDAY (Fall 2007)
7-8 p.m. Football Night in America
8-11 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football
SUNDAY (After the NFL season concludes in January 2008)
7-8 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. Law & Order
9-10 p.m. Medium
10-11 p.m. Lipstick Jungle