May 18, 2004

NBC: Something old, something new...

NBC announced their fall schedule yesterday with Matt LeBlanc's Joey getting the Thursday 8P slot formerly occupied by he and his cohorts on Friends.

Blair Underwood & Heather Locklear get a new drama, LAX, as in the airport -- they run the place, and butt heads over how it's done.

The Peacock has also announced a "limited series" (i.e., miniseries) for next winter/spring, Revelations -- as in the last book of the Bible. Bill Pullman and Natascha McElhone are racing Biblically prophetic events as they try to thwart Armageddon.

Veteran character actor Dennis Farina joins the cast of Law & Order, replacing Jerry Orbach, who departs in this week's season finale. Orbach will retun this winter in the fourth series in the Dick Wolf-L&O franchise, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

All times listed below are Eastern/Pacific time:


*New programs in CAPS

8-9 p.m. "Fear Factor"
9-10 p.m. "Las Vegas"
10-11 p.m. "LAX"

8-9:00 p.m. "Average Joe"/"THE CONTENDER"
9:00-9:30 p.m. "FATHER OF THE PRIDE"
9:30-10 p.m. "Scrubs"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

8-9 p.m. "HAWAII"
9-10 p.m. "The West Wing"/"REVELATIONS"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order"

8-8:30 p.m. "JOEY"
8:30-9 p.m. "Will & Grace"
9-10 p.m. "The Apprentice 2"
10-11 p.m. "ER"

8-9 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
9-10 p.m. "Third Watch" - new time

8-11 p.m. "NBC Saturday Night Movie"

7-8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. "American Dreams"
9-10 p.m. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

10-11 p.m. "Crossing Jordan"

And I'm not even going to mention The Contender (from Survivor & Apprentice creator Mark Burnett and yes, get ready for it, Sylvester Stallone), and how much of a train-wreck that looks like.

NBC is going to begin their fall season the day after the Closing Ceremonies of the Athens Olympics -- August 30.

Of course, some shows will get preempted right away; the Republican National Convention is the following week in New York. [shrug]

Posted by mhking at May 18, 2004 11:16 AM

Well hey, maybe they'll pick a night for Scrubs and stick with it for once. I like that show, but I missed so much of it this last season because they kept flinging it from Tuesdays to Thursdays and back again. And, I'm hooked - I can't wait for The Apprentice 2. I'm a sick individual, I know.

Posted by: songstress7 at May 18, 2004 04:34 PM
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