NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
NBC has already announced the premiere dates for its fall shows, kicking off the highly anticipated, The Jay Leno Show, on Monday, September 14 at 10pm---a week before the official start of the 2009-10 TV season. The Biggest Loser will also get an early start this fall as it kicks off the news season with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, September 15.

Based on the schedule, it looks like the network will stick to its traditional launch strategy this fall with the exception of its Thursday comedy block, which will bow a week early. NBC will serve most of the network's signature comedies on September 17, including Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, Parks and Recreation, followed by the sixth season of The Office at its usual 9pm timeslot and the new comedy Community, a series from Emmy winners Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development) that revolves around a band of community college misfits led by a lawyer portrayed by Joel McHale (The Soup).

As for the rest of the fall schedule, NBC will take its time rolling it out. The much awaited fourth season of Heroes will kick off its Redemption volume with a two-hour episode on Monday, September 21. Heroes will continue in its regular 8pm timeslot the following Monday followed by the premiere of Trauma at 9pm. The family drama Parenthood, on the other hand, premieres on Wednesday, September 23 and will serve as a lead-in to Law & Order: SVU, while Emmy winner 30 Rock will launch its fourth season in its regular Thursday 9:30pm timeslot beginning October 15.

Here's a rundown of NBC's fall schedule:

Monday, September 14
10-11pm - The Jay Leno Show (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, September 15
8-10pm - The Biggest Loser
10-11pm - The Jay Leno Show

Thursday, September 17
8-8:30 pm- Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
8:30-9 pm- Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 pm- The Office
9:30-10 pm- Community (series premiere - moves to Thursdays 8-8:30pm on October 8, then 30 Rock returns October 15, 9:30-10 pm)
10-11 pm - The Jay Leno Show

Monday, September 21
8-10 pm- Heroes (two hour premiere, then Trauma premieres 9-10 pm Monday, September 28)
10-11 pm - The Jay Leno Show

Wednesday, September 23
8-9 pm- Parenthood (Series Premiere)
9-10 pm- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11 pm- The Jay Leno Show

Friday, September 25
8-9 pm- Law & Order
9-10 pm- Southland
10-11 pm- The Jay Leno Show

Saturday, September 26
8-9 pm- Dateline NBC
9-10 pm- Trauma (encore broadcast)
10-11 pm- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcast)
11:30 pm- 1:00 am - Saturday Night Live

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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