Office, Earl, L&O coming back soon

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The industry watchers with the crystal balls seem to have gotten it right. NBC today announced its post-strike lineup, and things are going just as expected.

The biggest news is that Heroes, Chuck and Life will sit the rest of the season out, as was expected for the serialized drama and two newcomers. Heroes' Hayden Panettiere, who plays indestructible cheerleader Claire on the show (but you knew that already), also alerted fans yesterday that the show wouldn't be back this season.

Chuck, starring Zachary Levi as an accidental spy, and Life, starring Damian Lewis as a cop freed from a wrongful imprisonment, were previously announced to be picked up for full seasons--nine more episodes than the initial order of 13--back in November. Now it appears they're guaranteed a second season after a strike-shortened premiere season. NBC did not announce how many episodes it had ordered of each program.

NBC's current season will be carried on by its slate of successful comedies. My Name is Earl will return with a one-hour episode on April 3. The Office, 30 Rock, and Scrubs will all return with new episodes a week later on April 10.

On a more serious note, a quartet of the network's dramas will also be returning with new episodes in April. ER returns April 10, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be back on April 15, and Law & Order resumes April 23. Additionally, Medium will continue its run of original episodes.

The rest of NBC's slate is still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

For more on the writers' strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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