Raines' reign is coming

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NBC will put the Jeff Goldblum show Raines into ER's slot for two weeks to give the midseason cop show a good debut showing. Raines will air on Thursday, March 15, and Thursday, March 22, at 10 p.m. Beginning March 30 the show will take its regular slot, Friday at 9 p.m.

Raines puts the former Fly into the role of an eccentric LAPD detective who uses his imagination to "speak" to murder victims. The series is executive-produced by Emmy-winning writer-producer Graham Yost.

"We have been eagerly anticipating the premiere of this attractive and quirky new drama since we announced it last May at upfront," said Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment. "Combining the creative talents on- and off-camera with star Jeff Goldblum and Emmy-winning executive producer Graham Yost brings something uniquely different to NBC this spring."

In December, NBC clipped its order for Raines, wrapping production on the show after seven episodes instead of the original 13.

ER has been experiencing a power surge in its autumn years. The venerable medical drama has consistently won its time slot this season against 10 p.m. competition from CBS's new drama Shark and ABC's dramedy Men in Trees.

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