NBC Plans Returns, Makes Pickups
Fans of "Heroes,"
Additionally, the network has picked up "Heroes," "Chuck" and "Life" for the 2008-09 season, saying that all three shows will get "major re-launch campaigns" in the fall.
"We are thrilled to be bringing back the high-energy dramas 'Chuck' and Life' for next season," NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman says. "Additionally, we will be saving and re-launching our No. 1 drama and most successful franchise, 'Heroes,' so that it will run in all original episodes in the fourth quarter."
NBC makes no mention of "Friday Night Lights," "Journeyman" and "Bionic Woman" in its spring plans. All have wrapped production on their seasons, and there's no word yet on potential for next season.
"My Name Is Earl" will be the first scripted show back on NBC; it returns with a one-hour episode on Thursday, April 3. Its fellow comedies, along with "ER," are set to return the following week. Each of the Thursday shows save for
"SVU" resumes April 15, and "Law & Order," which still has a handful of pre-strike episodes on hand, will have more new cases on Wednesday, April 23.
Here's a rundown of the return dates:
Thursday, April 3: "My Name Is Earl" (one-hour episode)
Thursday, April 10: "30 Rock," "The Office," "Scrubs" and "ER"
Tuesday, April 15: "Law & Order: SVU"
Wednesday, April 23: "Law & Order"