I do love how a network’s schedule tends to leak before the actual upfront presentation. Up first in the schedule was NBC, and for some reason they thought this schedule coming out early would create enough buzz. Okay, you decide. Here’s the schedule per TV Line:
8/7c The Sing-Off
10 pm THE PLAYBOY CLUB
8 pm The Biggest Loser
10 pm Parenthood
8 pm Chuck [new time slot]
9 pm GRIMM
10 pm Dateline NBC
Repeats “Encore programming”
7 pm Football Night in America
8:15 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: The Cape, Chase, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced and Perfect Couples
For the record, I don’t watch much of NBC’s programming. “Chuck” is high on my list and has been since the day it premiered. Other than that, we watch “The Office” on occasion through Netflix online (it’s okay) and I’ll always turn to “Today” or “Nightly News with Brian Williams” for my network news source when something big breaks. I tried to get into “30 Rock,” I really tried, but it never grabbed me. I do watch football if Peyton Manning is on my TV, otherwise the 7 hours I just got earlier in the day is enough. Still…
“Chuck” on Fridays at 8pm? Strategically I get it. “Chuck” is having it’s final season. It’s supposed to get 13 more episodes and loyal audiences (as other Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows have proved) will follow their show anywhere. “Chuck” has been nothing but a marginal performer for NBC and these extra episodes is enough for Warner Brothers to market the show for second run syndication. NBC is giving the loyal fans closure and letting the producers close out the story once and for all without threat of cancellation. However, if Chuck manages to perform on a Friday, a dead night by most network standards, any hope it’ll at least get a full season? Who knows, but as long as there’s closure I’m happy. Still…
How is it that my Fridays are getting very crowded? The CW moved “Supernatural” there last season and Fox moved “Fringe.” So Fridays on all networks is becoming Warner Brothers Sci-Fi night?? I certainly hope now The CW keeps “Supernatural” at 9pm or poor ole NBC is losing another loyal live viewer. Not to say I won’t same day DVR. I just end up watching Chuck at 10 pm.
I lost my respect for NBC years ago, and I certainly don’t expect new management to undo years of damage in one fell swoop. Hey, they got rid of Zucker, so I’m already captivated by the possibilities in the future. However, none of the new shows have grabbed my interest. So what do you think of this schedule? Is anyone not penciling in NBC for another 4th place finish?