NBC's Fall Schedule: In With the New

NBC unveiled its 2010-2011 fall schedule today, but a sneaky reporter revealed it yesterday before the network ever got a chance to. The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd managed to wiggle his way into NBC's practice run for its annual upfront presentation, the official version of which is underway right now in New York City, and threw all the details onto the Web a full day ahead of NBC's official announcement. As a result, NBC banned The Hollywood Reporter and Hibberd from covering the event today.

Apparently, security at the rehearsal was so relaxed, Hibberd simply walked into the auditorium and took notes on the dry run of the scheduling announcement and star-studded presentation for advertisers. Way to keep a tight lid on it, NBC.

Most of NBC's big renewals and cancellations were announced last week (Law & Order and Heroes are gone; Chuck stays), but there were still two hefty developments. First, NBC is treating itself a Heidi-Montag-style makeover—by adding a whopping eight new shows this fall in an attempt to make itself unrecognizable from last year. The biggest injections of network Botox are the thriller The Event and the J.J. Abrams spy dramedy Undercovers; the former follows Chuck on Monday and the latter leads off on Wednesday.

NBC's second biggest move involves shoving the new foreign-workplace comedy Outsourced into its popular Thursday-night comedy block. Of course, if one goes in another must go out, and the loser in the deal is the resurgent Parks and Recreation, which gets pushed back to midseason (this, even after producers on Parks worked extra hard to accommodate star Amy Poehler's pregnancy and have the show ready for a fall relaunch). What's more, 30 Rock moves up to 8:30pm, which means I have to watch a minute of Liz Lemon being all Liz Lemon-y when my DVR records an extra minute after Community so I can see what Troy and Abed do in their improv skit. I really don't like Liz Lemon. Thanks a lot, NBC.

In addition to the previously mentioned trio of new shows, NBC's fall schedule will include the series premieres of Jerry Bruckheimer's fugitive-hunt Chase, romance anthology Love Bites, Law & Order: Los Angeles, reality show School Pride, and legal drama Outlaw (formerly named Garza).

Here's what things will look like overall: (new programs in annoying CAPS)
Monday
8pm Chuck

9pm THE EVENT
10pm CHASE

Tuesday
8pm The Biggest Loser
10pm Parenthood

Wednesday
8pm UNDERCOVERS
9pm Law & Order: SVU
10pm LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES

Thursday
8pm Community
8:30pm 30 Rock
9pm The Office
9:30pm OUTSOURCED
10pm LOVE BITES

Friday
8pm Who Do You Think You Are? / SCHOOL PRIDE
9pm Dateline
10pm OUTLAW


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Wow i can not believe what a terrible line up you have. The only thing worth taping/watching is chuck. The rest is all pure garbage. NBC is such a disappointment. What happen to the high quality television you use to have.
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I'll be giving Undercovers a try and maybe The Event, I'm not sure about Outsourced though.
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Undercover sounds interesting. Other than that, it's only Heroes for me, and that's only if I can stand more jumping timelines.
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I loved Trauma, it was a great medical drama and had great potential. It should have been given a chance.
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I love that Chuck and Parenthood are coming back next season. Although I am upset that they took away Mercy and Trauma I would have love to see at least one of the them had made it this line up that they got going on could be the death of the network . I'm interested in just a few of the show chase, Undercovers, and maybe love bites. I don’t see the other making it to another season. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO QUIT MAKING THESE SPIN OFFS OF LAW & ORDER COME ON IT’S THE SAME OLD THING JUST ANOTHER CITY GIVE IT A REST !!!!!
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I thought "The Event" was a summer series?! Isn't that what the ad they're running now says, or am I confused?
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This is gonna be exciting, with 24 gone I think Chuck may actually get a bigger viewer base...although I agree, chuck followed by undercover would have been THE marketing idea, but I guess it was too obvious to see, though chase may be good, who knows. Yay for Bruckheimer.
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L&O LA? Seriously? NBC is really trying to look desperate, right? They think we'll watch their moronic shows just because they are pathetic? I don't think so.

So far the only one that sounds good is Love Bites, so I'll bet it gets the early axe in November.
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That really sucks about Parks and Rec I am really starting to like it and I can't stand 30 Rock either!
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I agree that the CAPS are annoying.
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I'll continue to watch Chuck and the Thursday comedies. I hope things work out for Jordana Spiro to join the cast of Love Bites, since My Boys will probably fail without Jim Gaffigan.
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Sucks for Parks really hard, I'm a Chuck fan so very good news it's gonna come back, just maybe it would have been an intelligent move, I don't know, moving it to another day/pair it with Undercover? Guess it would have been to smart of a decision for Nbc...
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Well, I do like Liz Lemon, so get over it!

NBC needs to get a clue and not screw around with Parks & Recreation. Lugnuts.
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Way to throw all the momentum that Parks and Rec built up this season down the toilet. More quality decision-making from NBC.
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Parenthood is only show I plan to watch.
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Oh, how sad that you "have" to watch a minute of Liz Lemon. Aside from being awesome, I'm not sure why you can't stop watching the second the Troy/Abed skit is done - just because your DVR records it doesn't mean you have to watch it. You'll find that the "power" and "mute" buttons are especially helpful in not watching things you don't want to, as well as the facial gesture in which you avert your eyes.
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Anyone who complains about 30 Rock sucks. P&R improved immensely this season - looking forward to that 2-hour Thursday block.
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Looking forward to "Undercovers" above any other shows for NBC BUT Outlaw is looking good as well! I'll at least try "The Event" but I'm not too interested in another "I'm a bad ass law woman" show...unfortunately certain themes tend to get copied too much (Hospital Drama Shows anyone?)!
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that really sucks about parks and recreation
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Only new show I'm looking forward to on NBC is The Event
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my only complaint is Law and Order:svu's time slot.when SVU was on at 9:00 because of the Jay Leno show the ratings sliped and the shows guilty slipped too. SVU should be a 10:00 show its just not the same when its on at 9:00 there are just some things that cant be done at 9 the makes SVU so great.
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Happy about Community, Parenthood, & Chuck returning. I'll tune into Chase & Love Bites. I like the cast for both of them. Chase looks like a good drama. Not sure about Outsourced. I'll try it but it doesn't look that good.
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CHASE might actually be a hit for NBC, looks good plus it should automatically bring in 8 to 10 million for the bruckheimer fans/CSI fans
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wow u can tell just by looking at that picture still of outsourced that its gonna be a fail.
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I might check out The Event and Undercovers along with Law and Order Los Angeles but that's it. I'm a fan of the Law and Orders but I don't like any other shows on NBC.
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Well, I wish they wouldn't be bumping Parks and Rec, but I haven't seen any news of the comedy that will takes it place, so I'll give that one a chance too. And I'll also be watching the new JJ Abrams show aswell.
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more like in with the crap. the only good shows on NBC now are Chuck, Parenthood, Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock. Who Do You Think You Are is cool sometimes, depends on the celebrity that's featured though. the only new shows that seem interesting are The Cape, Undercovers, and the two midseason comedies. I may even check out Love Bites because of Jordana Spiro. the other new shows, and old shows that I didn't list for that matter, should be canceled.
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That is really lame of NBC to bump Parks & Rec till mid-season. No doubt the new show is gonna be garbage.
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nvm just looked it up, btwt awesome trailer for The Cape, hopefully together with chuck THE SHOWS to follow.
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The cape??
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When I saw the Tina Fey slam I thought, "Is this from Tim?" I looked up and, sure enough.....

Tina Fey is funnier, wittier and overall a much better human being than Tim Surette will ever be.
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CBS is still number 1 in my book
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NBC is making a HUGE mistake by not picking up Rex is Not My Lawyer.
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They are still going with 2 hours of the biggest loser on Tuesday's? Come on NBC.
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