NBC unveiled their slate of programs for the 2009-2010 season this morning. Six new pilots were picked up (two comedies, four dramas). NBC failed to concoct an actual day-by-day schedule for the Fall - they are expected to release that schedule within a couple of weeks. Not mentioned during NBC's announcement this morning were the likes of Chuck, Medium, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and Life. Some of those series could get picked up for mid-season. As of right now, the fall schedule looks filled to the brim, especially when you consider that Jay Leno's new show will be taking up five hours of prime-time per week. For Chuck fans, the wait continues, although the forecast isn't terribly bright. Shows picked up for next season include Parks and Recreation, Southland and Heroes. NBC has also ordered six more episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday for the Fall.
Here's a rundown of the six new shows from NBC:
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Starring Joel McHale (The Soup) and Chevy Chase (you know who Chevy
Chase is), Community is a single-camera comedy about a group of adult
misfits who enroll in community college and form their own study
group. The buzz surrounding Community is good. And, don't worry Soup
fans - McHale will continue his duties as host of The Soup. The pilot
was directed by the Russo brothers (Arrested Development).
Multi-camera, traditional sitcom. A British woman with American
friends takes a "hilarious" personality test. Each question on the
personality test inspires her to remember a humorously poignant moment
in her own life. The show stars Sophie Winkleman.
Based on the beloved 1989 comedy of the same name, and produced by the
same team behind the film (Ron Howard and Brian Grazer), Parenthood
follows the trials and travails of the Buckman family. The pilot was
directed by Thomas Schlamme (West Wing), and features an incredible
cast - Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard,
Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia and Monica Potter. Doesn't look like
it'll be much of a comedy, but more of a family dramedy.
From executive producer Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias), Day One
follows a group of residents in an apartment complex dealing with the
aftermath of a global catastrophe. They simultaneously attempt to help
rebuild society while trying to unlock the mystery of what actually
Executive produced by the great Peter Berg (creator/executive producer
of Friday Night Lights), Trauma is one of two new medical dramas from
NBC. Set in San Francisco, Trauma follows a team of first responder
The personal and professional lives of a hospital staff seen through
the eyes of the hospital's nurses, focusing on a head nurse who
recently returned from Iraq.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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