Peacock rejiggers schedule

NBC has announced its midseason schedule, which will begin Tuesday, December 26, when Dateline replaces Friday Night Lights, which moves to Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The net isn't messing with a good thing, so Mondays--a night NBC has won almost every week this season--are staying intact. Thursday will be the previously announced comedy block, and Sundays will feature the premiere of the Grease reality show--a Broadway American Idol--and the new time-slot for Donald Trump and his sagging Apprentice. For the first two week, both reality shows will run two-hours, the better to go up against ABC's powerhouse Desperate Housewives and solid new Brothers & Sisters.

Midseason dramas Raines, starring Jeff Goldblum as a tough cop who talks to dead people, and The Black Donnellys, from Crash writer Paul Haggis, will also join the schedule in the spring.

Before all that, the peacock is prepping Christmas and holiday-themed episodes of its shows. The annual tree-lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center takes place tonight at 8 p.m., and Christmas will feature in the plots of shows up until December 25, when Deal Or No Deal and 1 Vs 100 both work the holiday into their games.

Among the holiday gifts will be John Goodman in The Year Without Christmas, in which Goodman is a demoralized Saint Nick who gives up the ghost after he figures no one believes in him anymore. The Office clocks in with "A Benihana Christmas," directed by comedy legend Harold Ramis.

The network also announced it expects to record a ratings bump for sweeps this year, earning 12 percent higher ratings in 18-49s than in November 2005.

Beginning in January, NBC's midseason schedule looks like this:

Mondays
8-9 p.m.--Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m.--Heroes
10-11 p.m.--Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Tuesdays
8-9 p.m.--Dateline NBC (beginning December 26)
9-10 p.m.--Law & Order: Criminal Intent
10-11 p.m.--Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Wednesdays
8-9 p.m.--Friday Night Lights (January 10) 9-10 p.m.--Deal or No Deal (January 3) 10-11 p.m.--Medium

Thursdays
8-9 p.m.--My Name Is Earl
8:30-9 p.m.--The Office
9-9:30 p.m.--Scrubs
9:30-10 p.m.--30 Rock
10-11 p.m.--ER

Fridays
8-9 p.m.--1 VS 100
9-10 p.m.--Las Vegas
10-11 p.m.--Law & Order

Saturdays
8-9 p.m.--Dateline NBC (repeats)
9-11 p.m.--TBA Drama repeats

Sundays
7-8 p.m.--Dateline NBC (February 11)
8-9 p.m.--Grease: You're the One That I Want (January 7; first two weeks will run from 8-9:30 p.m.)
9-10 p.m.--The Apprentice (January 7; first two weeks will run from 9:30-11 p.m.)
10-11 p.m.--Crossing Jordan (January 21)

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i am mappy the mondays are staying the ame but the apprentes was dead last year they need to changes it each seasion is a rehash of las year but with new pople and the people who liked caroline and gorge aere going to be dissapointed becasue they bother where fired and now trumps kids are taking there place ( an interesting idea would to bring rosie in as a gust star that would get raitings)
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NBC is going to get killed on the shows that air against American Idol. Their new schedule is weak especially without Sunday Night NFL on its schedule. And why bring back the faultering Apprentice. I think Crossing Jordan would have been a better selection for the 10 PM Sunday slot; instead it is going up against Numbers on CBS.
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HEROES RULE!:D
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Ugh, Too many shows on Sunday nights: FOX cartoons, Battlestar Galactica, and Apprentice!
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Nice, not much changed (or that affects me.) The only thing I wish would change is Scrubs from 9:00 to 9:30. Any idea when The Black Donnellys is premiering and in which timeslot?
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This change makes me sad. I really did like FNL, but I like Jericho even more. After Jericho comes back this February, it looks like I will be turning out the Lights.
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It's great that Studio 60 can keep it' slot
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Putting FNL up against Jericho is a bad idea. I'm glad I have a DVR.
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I don't know how to feel about this. Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural and half of the NBC comedy block are all on at the same time for me (Which means one of them can't be watched) and now as they move Friday Night Lights, it's going to be up against Jericho and Bones, two shows I don't want to miss either. With so many hours on the schedule, why must all of the good shows fall at the same time?



Studio 60 still rules. That, Heroes, Jericho and FNL are the best new shows this season.
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SOOO...here goes the juggling act. Moving Friday Night Lights, huh. Okay, I'll follow, but it will be recorded (I do that now because of NCIS). Not giving up Jericho. Glad Jordan is coming back, finally. What took so long? Why are they bringing Trump back? If it was anyone else's show that did that poorly it would have been axed. Can you say payoff!! Wealth has it's perks. Missing Heroes already (Hiro is so adorable...just want to pinch his cheeks). Can't wait 'til the new year. I don't watch 24 (I know...what's wrong with me) I have caught a couple of episodes here and there and it is a GREAT show, but I have missed so much that I can't catch up now. And another reality show....PLEASE, ENOUGH ALREADY. Bored with Deal after the first show and have no interest in 1 V 100....even before I heard K-Fed is going to be on it. YUCK. (Can you say white trash?) Faithful CSI viewer and had the misfortune of seeing him on that. What a joke.
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at least crossing jordan will be backfinally !!!!
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Heroes might have some problems when 24 starts to air. Most people who watch Heroes watch 24. I know I'll be torn,but thank GOD for Tivo.
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ooh, must-see TV.
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studi 60 is the best show on nbc today
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i like Friday Night Lights, but now they're putting it up against Jericho, sorry, but i won't be watching it now.. i could see maybe Sunday at 8/7c instead of another rediculous reality show.. or even Friday night at 8/7c instead of another rediculous game show.. but not Wednesday.. the only other NBC shows i care about would be Studio 60 and Heroes.. and Scrubs, but sorry, not against Grey's Anatomy
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My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs..........probably the best comedy lineup since King Of The Hill, The Simpsons, Futurama........and probably better since the first two of those FOX shows were already falling down the mountain at the time.
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Keeping Studio 60 in a time slot where it's simply not doing well is a stupid move. And Heroes will certainly lose some viewership when 24 comes back.
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I think this is by far a much stronger schedule.

Maybe Friday Night Lights might actually survive. Although i am getting bored with Deal or No Deal.
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Please tell me Heroes won't be on the same time as 24, cause that would be a REALLY stupid move, considering the popularity of both.
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Well at least Crossing Jordan is coming back that is a really great show.
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I really have to give NBC credit for not immediately canceling Studio 60 of Friday Night Lights. I really hope their 2-hour comedy block gets good ratings, because Grey's will be tough competition.
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Well I tell ya what, I wasn't in favor of the move at first, but once I found out it was a lead-in to Deal or No Deal, I was okay with it...hopefully this will give this brilliant show the more viewers it deserves and needs! This show is awesome if more people would just give it a chance!
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to me they probably are making great moves
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