New NBC sched pushes Heroes

NBC opted to play its cards boldly this year, announcing its fall lineup well before its rivals did. Of course, the early reveal came with the caveat that things were most certainly subject to change.

And change they did. Today, NBC revealed the premiere dates for fall's new and returning shows, with things kicking off in mid-September before the bigger guns come out later that month.

America's Toughest Jobs leads things off on September 12, up from its previously announced summer 2009 date. The show will rip a dozen contestants away from their normal day jobs and thrust them into a variety of challenging occupations, such as oil drilling, lumber logging, or extreme fishing.

A little over a week later, NBC relaunches one of its big properties in Heroes. The third season was supposed to kick off on September 15 with a three-hour event that includes a two-hour season premiere. But alas, Heroes fans, the premiere has been entire week!

The third season of Heroes will debut on Monday, September 22, starting off with a one-hour "clip show" (NBC's words, not ours). A week later, NBC's normal Monday night goes into full effect, with Heroes sandwiched between Chuck's second season premiere at 8 p.m. and the series debut of My Own Worst Enemy at 10 p.m.

New comedy Kath & Kim joins NBC's Thursday night comedy block (the show was originally announced for Tuesdays). The rest of the comedy block comes back at different times: My Name is Earl and The Office return September 25 (as does ER), and 30 Rock comes back on October 30.

Rounding out the remaining new-show premieres are Knight Rider on Wednesday, September 24 and Crusoe on Friday, October 17.

Below is NBC's current schedule for the fall 2008-2009 season.

Friday, September 12
America's Toughest Jobs Series Premiere (8-10 p.m.)
Returns on September 19 (8-9 p.m.) for five weeks; then resumes from 9-10 p.m. on October 24

Monday, September 22
Heroes Clip Show (8-9 p.m.)
Season Premiere (9-11 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 23
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10-11 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 24
Knight Rider (8-9 p.m.)
Lipstick Jungle (10-11 p.m.)

Thursday, September 25
My Name Is Earl One-Hour Premiere (8-9 p.m.)
The Office One-Hour Premiere (9-10 p.m.)
ER (10-11 p.m.)

Monday, September 29
Chuck (8-9 p.m.)
My Own Worst Enemy (10-11 p.m.)

Friday, October 3
Life (10-11 p.m.)

Thursday, October 9
Kath & Kim (9:30-10 p.m.)

Friday, October 17
Crusoe Two-Hour Premiere (8-10 p.m.)

Thursday, October 30
30 Rock (8:30-9 p.m.)

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