The NBC 2010 fall schedule is more aggressive than has been seen from the network in years. The NBC 2010 fall schedule has five new comedies, seven new dramas, and one new reality series set to air beginning in September. Compared to NBC’s fall 2009 offerings, the NBC 2010 fall schedule has three more new shows and four fewer hours of unscripted shows, reality shows, or scheduled repeats. Not returning for the NBC 2010 fall season are old favorites Heroes, Law and Order (which is ending its 20 year run), Trauma, The Jay Leno Show and Mercy.
The NBC 2010 fall schedule features the return for a fourth season of the action-comedy series Chuck. NBC seems to be firmly behind Chuck as one of the main anchor shows of the NBC 2010 fall schedule. Also returning are Parenthood, Law & Order SVU, Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Dateline NBC. Returning as midseason replacements are Parks & Recreation, The Apprentice, The Marriage Ref, Minute to Win It and Celebrity Apprentice.
NBC 2010 Fall Schedule: The New Shows
The NBC 2010 fall schedule features new shows with well known stars and proven writer-producers. Some of the storylines sound a bit similar, basically our hero/heroine becomes disillusioned and fights back. Some of the new shows also sound a bit familiar. Oh well, here are four that should last at least the full season.
The Cape: This hour long drama is about an honest cop named Faraday facing police corruption. After being framed for murder and presumed dead, Faraday is forced into hiding and transforms into “The Cape” his sons favorite comic book hero. Starring David Lyons (ER), Jennifer Ferrin (Life on Mars), Ryan Wynott (Flash Forward), James Frain (The Tudors), Keith David (Death at a Funeral), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Dorian Missick (Six Degrees).
Outlaw: This drama is about a Supreme Court justice, playboy, and gambler who quits and goes back to private practice using his insider knowledge of the law to take on the biggest cases ripped from today’s headlines. I thought they canceled Law & Order? Starring Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, West Wing), Jesse Bradford (West Wing), Carly Pope (24), Ellen Woglom (Californication) and David Ramsey (Dexter).
Harry’s Law: This show from David E. Kelley is a law drama about a fired lawyer, her criminal client, and a laid off high school teacher who team up to start a law practice. Starring Kathy Bates (Misery, About Schmidt), Ben Chaplin (Me and Orson Welles), Brittany Snow (Hairspray) and Beatrice Rosen (Dark Knight).
Friends with Benefits: From Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development) comes this half hour comedy about a group of twenty something singles navigating the world of dating. Haven’t we already seen this series? Yes, I believe it was called Friends. Starring Ryan Hansen (Party Down), Danneel Harris (One Tree Hill) and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse).
After football ends, NBC has no scheduled programming until Dateline, Minute to Win It, and Celebrity Apprentice begin in March. What NBC will air on Sundays in January and February is currently unknown. NBC likes to repeat successful shows ad nauseum, so my guess is that they will air more repeats. They are already having Saturday night be an entire night of repeats, so hopefully they won’t do that on Sundays as well. It would be nice to see NBC air some original TV movies. It’s a shame the networks don’t do that anymore. I really miss those sweeping miniseries and Wonderful World of Disney movies. Ah, the days of my youth!
There are so many mid-season replacements on the NBC 2010 fall schedule waiting to take their place in NBC glory that new shows need to gain a strong following quickly in order to survive. Expect NBC to be ruthless in getting rid of shows that are not performing well. Especially given that the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien fiasco has been settled, there is no longer a need to keep a show around just to fill space. That said the end of the Leno-O’Brien debacle alone should improve NBC’s ratings in the fall. In my opinion, NBC is taking a real chance airing two hours of Law and Order. It could be too much for viewers. Airing the shows on different nights would have been a better idea.
Of course it’s a bit early for the NBC 2010 fall schedule to be set in stone, so be ready for changes. Here is the NBC 2010 fall schedule as of May 17.
The NBC 2010 Fall Schedule
8-9 p.m. Chuck
9 -10 p.m. The Event
10 -11 p.m. Chase
8-10 p.m. Biggest Loser
10 -11 p.m. Parenthood
8 – 9 p.m. Undercovers
9 – 10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU
10 – 11 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles
8 – 8:30 p.m. Community
8:30 – 9 p.m. 30 Rock
9 -9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30 -10 p.m. Outsourced
10 -11 p.m. Love Bites
8 -9 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are/School Pride
9 -10 p.m. Dateline NBC
10 -11 p.m. Outlaw
Currently scheduled are encores of Undercovers, Chase, and Law & Order: SVU
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”
SUNDAY (Beginning March 2011)
7-8 p.m. – Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. – Minute to Win It
9-11 p.m. – The Celebrity Apprentice
NBC 2010 Fall Schedule: New Midseason Shows
Friends with Benefits
The Paul Reiser Show
The Rockford Files remake
America’s Next Great Restaurant (with Bobby Flay)
NBC 2010 Fall Schedule: Returning Midseason Shows
Parks & Recreation (Thursday 9:30pm)
The Apprentice (“Classic” edition)
The Marriage Ref
Minute to Win It