NBC Makes Big Plans for '08-'09
Those are some of the highlights from what NBC is calling its "in front" (rather than upfront) schedule announcement for 2008-09 on Wednesday. And what it may have lacked in the glitz and star power of a typical upfront presentation, it made up for in sheer volume of information.
The network announced its schedule -- several different ones, in fact -- for the coming season, with four new series (
Additionally, critical darling "Friday Night Lights" is coming back for a third season thanks to a partnership with satellite service DirecTV. Fellow bubble show
"These are shows I've been waiting my entire career to put on air," NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman said at a news conference at the network's headquarters in
The fall schedule won't look that much different than the fall schedule NBC trotted out this year, with
"My Own Worst Enemy," which stars
As it did last year, "The Office" will begin its season with a handful of hour-long episodes before being paired with a series of
Also at midseason, "Friday Night Lights" will return to NBC (although it will air on DirecTV in the fall), and the "Office" spinoff will launch with a post-
NBC has even gone so far as to lay out its schedule for summer 2009, promising Canadian drama "The Listener," cooking competition "The Chopping Block" and a pair of shows from the producer of "Ice Road Truckers" for 14 months or so from now.
"Scrubs," meanwhile, will end its seven-season run on NBC in May. ABC is in serious talks to pick the show up for another season, however.