After all the crazy with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brian, NBC finds itself with tons of new space that need to be filled by shows. They’ve announced that they’re moving Law and Order and Law and Order: SVU to fill two of the slots, and they’re placing a show called The Marriage Ref by Jerry Seinfeld will take another. Dateline NBC takes up a fourth. A fifth will go to the new drama Parenthood, based on the movie of the same name (with some major changes) from ages ago. All will start up after the Olympics.
Also after the Olympics will be Who Do You Think You Are, another UK import-remake that looks at the family history of celebrities, and Minute To Win It, a game show starring Food Network’s guy Fierri, which leads in to Celebrity Apprentice, which is returning along with Friday Night Lights later in March and April.
The whole lineup looks like this:
8-9 PM – Chuck
9-10 PM – Trauma (beginning March)
10-11 PM – Law & Order (returns March)
8-10 PM – The Biggest Loser
10-11 PM – Parenthood (premieres March 2)
8-9 PM – Mercy
9-10 PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (beginning March 3)
10-11 PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (beginning March 3)
8-8:30 PM – Community
8:30-9 PM – Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 PM – The Office
9:30-10 PM – 30 Rock
10-11 PM – The Marriage Ref (premieres March 4)
8-9 PM – Who Do You Think You Are? (premieres March 5; Friday Night Lights takes over this slot on April 30)
9-11 PM – Dateline NBC (begins March 5)
SATURDAY (beginning March 6)
8-9 PM – The Biggest Loser (encore episode)
9-10 PM – Law & Order (encore episode)
10-11 PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore episode)
SUNDAY (beginning March 14)
7-8 PM – Dateline NBC
8-9 PM – Minute To Win It (premieres March 14)
9-11 PM – The Celebrity Apprentice (premieres March 14)
And here’s what they’re working on for later:
Rex Is Not Your Lawyer: A courtroom dramedy starring David Tennant, where he plays a lawyer who gets stage fright and won’t go to court any more. It’s done filming it’s pilot, but we’re waiting on news that it’s being picked up.
Prime Suspect: An American remake of the popular British show, which hinges on stellar casting.
Rockford Files: The previously mentioned remake of the classic 70s PI.
Undercovers: A JJ Abrams-directed pilot about husband-and-wife spies. While we’re willing to trust anything JJ gives us, and we know he’s got spy-cred from Alias, we’re hoping it’s not Mr And Mrs Smith-like.
The Event: A multiple-POV show about some weirdness and a conspiracy.
Love Bites: An hour long Rom-Com from the makers of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
And maybe also (if they can work it):
Kindreds: A David E Kelley-written and executive-produced show about a grumpy old ex-lawyer and his misfit friends who open a law practice with some undisclosed quirk.
Chase: A Bruckheimer-made show about US Marshals hunting down criminals. Because we need more shows like that.
Time will tell whether any of these make it past the pilot stage, or whether they get replaced with other shows, but we’ll be looking out for them, and hoping that the rush doesn’t damage what could be good shows.