NBC is the first network to announce their schedule for the 2006-07 season. Among the shows not returning from the current season are The West Wing, Will & Grace, Joey, Surface, Teachers, Conviction, E-Ring, and Four Kings.
Mondays will kick off with the hit game show Deal or No Deal. Following at 9 will be Heroes, a sprawling new series about a genetics professor investigating the fact that people with superhuman abilities live among us, with Medium returning in the 10 PM slot.
Tuesdays begins with Friday Night Lights, a family drama based on the book about High School football of the same name. Then comes Kidnapped (among those in the large ensemble cast are Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo, Dana Delany, and Timothy Hutton), a serial thriller revolving around the kidnapping of the son of a wealthy New York couple followed by the returning Law & Order: SVU.
Wednesday is bracketed by two returning shows: The Biggest Loser at 8 and the long-running Law & Order (with “exciting” cast changes) at 10. In between will be two new sitcoms: 20 Good Years, an Odd Couple-type show revolving around two aging men who come to realize that life doesn’t last forever (leaving them…wait for it…about 20 good years) starring the potentially grand team of John (3rd Rock from the Sun) Lithgow and Jeffrey (Arrested Development) Tambor…and 30 Rock, one of two NBC shows revolving behind the behind-the-scenes action at a late night comedy/variety show with Saturday Night Live vets Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan along with Alec Baldwin.
NBC’s once powerhouse “Must See TV” Thursday tries to get back up to speed with yet another revamp. The first hour will showcase the comedies My Name is Earl and The Office. At 9, the other show about the behind-the-scenes goings on at a late night comedy, West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will do battle with CBS’ might CSI. The hour-long drama will feature an ensemble cast led by Matthew (Friends) Perry and Bradley (West Wing) Whitford. ER will anchor the spot with new shows through a December cliffhanger when it will give way to The Black Donnelleys, a crime drama about four Irish brothers in organized crime. ER will return after The Black Donnelleys finishes its run.
Friday will start with a second edition of Deal or No Deal followed by
Saturday will begin with the newsmagazine Dateline and then continue with rebroadcasts of episodes of drama series at 9 and 10.
Sundays will feature the new Sunday Night Football primetime game anchored by Al Michaels and John Madden. The games will be preceded by Football Night in America, a studio pre-game show featuring Bob Costas, Cris Collingsworth, and Jerome Bettis. After the football season is over, Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent (hosted by Regis Philbin) will take over the slot followed by The Apprentice (with Donald Trump taking his new search to
Scrubs and Crossing Jordan have also been renewed and will be plugged into the schedule as other series fail.