Earlier this morning, NBC issued a press release announcing their mid-season schedule for January 2009.  The biggest omissions for January are Chuck, Heroes, Life and My Own Worst Enemy.  All of those shows, except for the recently canceled My Own Worst Enemy, will return in February. NBC was very clear in making this point.  In addition to a brand new Monday night slate for the month of January, there are also some new NBC specials poised to hit the air, including two new Saturday Night Live prime-time specials.  Friday Night Lights, which has been airing its third season exclusively on DirecTV, will make its return to Fridays on NBC in January, as we reported earlier. 

Here are the major changes for NBC’s January slate:

Mondays: The fill-in for Chuck and Heroes will be Superstars of Dance, a month-long dance competition produced by Nigel Lythgoe (from So You Think You Can Dance).  Superstars of Dance will premiere on Sunday, January 4, and run from 9pm-11pm, but will then move to its regular time slot, from 8pm-10pm, on the following night, January 5.  At 10pm on Mondays beginning that same night, the Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) produced reality dating show Momma’s Boys will air.  Superstars of Dance, meanwhile, will wrap up with its finale on Monday, January 26 at 8pm.

Tuesdays: The Biggest Loser: Couples will air in two hour blocks, followed by Law and Order: SVU

Wednesdays and Thursdays will remain the same, except that Life will be replaced by reruns of Law and Order: SVU.  Life will return with new episodes in February. 

Fridays: Beginning January 9, Howie Do It, a hidden camera series from Howie Mandel, will air at 8pm.  The following week, beginning January 16, Friday Night Lights will return for its third season. 

NBC also has a number of specials on the docket. 

Saturday Night Live Sports Extra will air Sunday, January 4 from 7pm-9pm. 

The Golden Globe Awards will be on from 8pm-11pm on Sunday, January 11.

Saturday Night Live Film Festival airs Sunday, January 18 from 9pm-11pm.

And, of course, the Super Bowl airs on Sunday, February 1, pretty much all day long.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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Oscar Dahl

Senior Writer, BuddyTV