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NBC Upfronts: The Latest

May 14, 2007 by  

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It’s a gorgeous day here in NYC.  I’m so excited for the official NBC Upfront presentation to begin in just a few hours.  I’ll be updating GMMR as soon as I have any news to share.  But really, no need to wait for the network presentation…we’ve got all the latest and great from NBC right here. Sorry this is a frantic post, but I have only a few minutes before I have to jet.Quick Notes…

  • My Name is Earl – Episodes increased to 25 for the season
  • The Office – The network has ordered 30 half-hours of “The Office,” including five hour-long episodes.  The show will move to 9pm on Thursday nights
  • Friday Night Lights – NBC has renewed the freshman critically acclaimed show and decided to try it out on Friday nights…go figure.  Friday Night Lights will air on Fridays at 10pm
  • Heroes- NBC has announced has ordered a combined 30 episode of “Heroes” and “Heroes: Origins,” an innovative new spin-off that each week will introduce a new character — one of whom will be chosen by viewers through the “Heroes” website on NBC.com to become a cast regular the following season.  (can’t wait to talk more about this soon)

The NBC Newbies…
(not much new from what reported earlier this week, but it’s now official)

  •  “Journeyman” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET), a romantic-mystery from the Emmy Award-winning producers of “The West Wing,” concerning a San Francisco newspaper reporter (Kevin McKidd, “Rome”) who inexplicably begins to travel through time and alter people’s lives
  •  “Chuck” (Tuesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET), a comedic spy thriller about an unassuming computer geek who is unexpectedly catapulted into a new career as a government agent after spy secrets are mysteriously embedded into his brain.
  • “Bionic Woman” (Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET), a re-imagination of the classic from David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Jason Smilovic (“Kidnapped”). “Bionic Woman” stars Michelle Ryan (“EastEnders”) as a young woman whose life is radically altered and empowered after a car crash.
  • “Life” (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) features a complex police detective (Damian Lewis, “Band of Brothers”) who’s given a second chance on the force after serving years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
  • “Lipstick Jungle,” from bestselling author Candace Bushnell (“Sex and the City”), is set to debut in January 2008 on Sundays (10-11 p.m. ET). Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Helene, (“How I Met Your Mother”), the series involves the lives of three high-powered friends (Brooke Shields, “Suddenly Susan,” Kim Raver, “24,” and Lindsay Price, “Beverly Hills, 90210”) who are determined to achieve their dreams and to do it on their own terms.
  • “The IT Crowd,” based on the acclaimed British series that takes a behind-the-scenes peek at the misunderstood techies (Joel McHale, “The Soup,” and Richard Ayoade, “The IT Crowd” — U.K.) who toil in the Information Technology department of a large, impersonal corporation. “The IT Crowd” is scheduled to join the NBC schedule during the course of the 2007-08 season.

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26 Responses to “NBC Upfronts: The Latest”

  1. Emily on May 14th, 2007 11:14 am

    No no no no no!!!!! No The Office at 9 on Thursdays! NO! That is like the worst news ever… because I will be watching CSI then!!! :(!!!!

    That just sucks….

  2. Jo on May 14th, 2007 11:19 am

    Eek FNL on Friday Night? Did it ever occur to them that the people who enjoy FNL the show also probably enjoy the REAL Friday Night high school football?

    Awesome Office news. and I’m stoked about Joel McHale’s new show. That guy cracks me up.

  3. Kismet on May 14th, 2007 11:23 am

    Yay to The Office being on at 9! This is awesome news.

  4. Kristi on May 14th, 2007 11:27 am

    aww they’re gonna kill FNL 🙁


    Does that mean 35 hours of the Office… or just 30? I get confused

  5. CrazyGringa on May 14th, 2007 11:32 am

    I will watch The Office in whatever time slot they put it…Sorry Greys!

  6. Jessica on May 14th, 2007 11:46 am

    Oh no! Does this mean no more Joel McHale on The Soup? I’m happy for him, but I’m selfish too.

    And yippee to all the new Office episodes!!

  7. I*m the Receptionist on May 14th, 2007 11:59 am

    Obviously, nothing will keep me from watching The Office, but did they really have to move it back to 9pm!!! CSI is my second favorite show, and I don’t have Tivo (although I am now thinking I need to invest in it!) so that means no more CSI again! I was so happy when The Office got moved to 8:30pm. Oh well, not complaining too much ’cause there will be much more Office to love next season!

  8. Beth on May 14th, 2007 12:05 pm

    This is not good news…The Office up against Grey’s, what am I to do?? (definitely TO gets top priority). It seems that I will be purchasing a TiVo in the near future! I am however soooo excited that there will be more Office to go around, can’t wait for Season 4!

  9. mg714 on May 14th, 2007 12:11 pm

    I’m also wondering why they put FNL so late on Friday nights. I’m hoping they’ll at least maintain their audience rather than lose so many people due to real-life Friday night football games. Maybe by starting FNL on Friday nights in the fall more people will find it? Who knows? I really want FNL to gain some viewers next year, but this is not a good strategy for doing that.

    As for The Office at 9 PM against Grey’s, I think that was done probably because it’s NBC’s strongest of the four comedies, so it will hopefully get people to stay with NBC for its Comedy Night rather than switch over to Grey’s. I think Grey’s hasn’t been so great this year, so maybe some viewers will leave Grey’s and try out The Office. In any case, I don’t think we have to worry about The Office. I’m so glad that we’re getting a little bit more of the show as well. After checking on some other message boards, it looks like the 30 half hours mean 20 half hour episodes and 5 hour-long episodes. Glad that there will be more hour-long episodes next year!

  10. Clare on May 14th, 2007 12:27 pm

    30 episodes of The Office with 5 hour long episodes? That’s great news! …a little worried about 9 pm but we’ll see. Thanks for the update Kath!

  11. Tunalicious27 on May 14th, 2007 12:43 pm

    Y’all seriously…..get a DVR and it will change your life. You’ll never know how you got by without it (don’t waste your money on a Tivo) Thursdays, I MUST watch The Office Live, but I DVR Ugly Betty to watch on Saturday morning, because it just seems more appropriate to watch it then.

    I am of course psyched about more Office-a good compromise if we couldn’t get hour eps all season.

    Also, Joel McHale is the awesomeness-can’t wait for his show-it sounds hilarious.

  12. Elisabeth on May 14th, 2007 1:01 pm

    The Office is going up against Grey’s Anatomy? We. Are. Screwed. Of course, they can watch it on ABC.COM. For FREE.

    Of course, if Karen’s still on the show, I might start watching CSI.

    Totally kidding.

  13. Elisabeth on May 14th, 2007 1:02 pm

    The Office is going up against Grey’s Anatomy? We. Are. Screwed. Of course, they can watch it on ABC.COM. For FREE.

    Of course, if Karen’s still on the show, I might start watching CSI.

    Totally kidding.

    What’s up with OfficeTally? I need spoilers!

  14. mg714 on May 14th, 2007 1:13 pm

    Eisabeth (and others): Looks like Jennie/Tanster is having problems with her regular site. She put up a temporary site at officetally.wordpress.com

  15. mac on May 14th, 2007 1:35 pm

    ”Journeyman” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET), a romantic-mystery from the Emmy Award-winning producers of “The West Wing,” concerning a San Francisco newspaper reporter (Kevin McKidd, “Rome”) who inexplicably begins to travel through time and alter people’s lives ——– can anyone say QUANTUM LEAP????

  16. WilliamDoolittle on May 14th, 2007 3:02 pm

    Yay, lots of episodes of The Office, maybe they won’t have to put us on a month and a half hiatus again! And I love Joel McHale! I wonder if he’ll leave The Soup?

  17. Philiana on May 14th, 2007 3:05 pm

    Haha, this means I’m going to have to continue watching Grey’s on Friday mornings next season. I always watch NBC on Thursdays anyway (so happy about Scrubs being able to end on a high note), then switch to ABC at 10pm. Since Addison is leaving Grey’s, I won’t be as invested in next season as I was this season.

  18. Cips Little Bro on May 14th, 2007 3:28 pm

    I’ll have to agree… It is a gorgeous day in NYC.

  19. Jake on May 14th, 2007 3:44 pm

    Mac…exactly what I thought, Quantum Leap!

    Whatever the variety of DVR or Tivo–GET ONE! Tunalicious is right, it’ll change your life more than having a microwave does. It’s well worth the investment, which really isn’t much in the long run. This way, you never have to care about scheduling snafus.

    Personally, The Office is a better show than anything it goes up against. CSI(how sick of these type shows are we?), Grey’s? Gimme a break!

  20. Hilary on May 14th, 2007 4:15 pm

    Guess who is screwed?! *raises hand* I liked it at 8:30. Oh the upcoming joys of Thursday nights. *headdesk*

  21. mg714 on May 14th, 2007 4:45 pm

    Kristin has some updates over at E! online – there’s a photo of John and Jenna on Kristin’s front page. She also said that the renewal of FNL caused the audience that consists mainly of advertisers to cheer, which never happens! So even the advertisers are FNL fans!

  22. Charlee on May 14th, 2007 5:01 pm

    duh…go watch Grey’s on ABC.com! It’s better that way anyway — shorter because there aren’t so many commercials.

    And yeah…definitely Quantum Leap. I thought that earlier today when I was reading the synopsis for that show.

    I’m just surprised they keep bringing back ER…NBC is wondering why their Thursday night ratings are low? ER is the answer. Also, it makes so much broadcast sense for them to tent 30 Rock between Earl and TO (their two strongest shows) and to keep Scrubs after the Office. You always want to put your struggling or new shows in between or before your best, solid shows. I just wonder how the other networks are going to do their fall line-ups?

  23. Sara on May 14th, 2007 5:06 pm

    There are pictures up from the upfronts on NBC’s media village. You need to be registered to view them though.


  24. Claudia on May 14th, 2007 5:44 pm

    5 hour long episodes of The Office?! Fantastic 🙂

    I read in Zach Braff’s blog that Scrubs has been renewed for another season! YAY!!!!

    Also I love the IT crowd (British tv show) so look forward the us version! very cool news.

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