NBC’s Spring and Fall Plans

Fresh off those happy p.r. presses we have this cheery news to report:

NBC will resume the broadcast of many of its scripted series in April with new original episodes following the settlement of the Writers Guild of America strike, including “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” among other programs. And we’ve got official word on the return of two freshman shows in the fall.

NBC has picked up its freshman drama series “Chuck” and “Life” as well as its hit “Heroes” for the 2008-09 season.

All three series will have major re-launch campaigns next year.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back the high-energy dramas ‘Chuck’ and Life’ for next season,” said NBC Entertainment honcho Ben Silverman. “Additionally, we will be saving and re-launching our #1 drama and most successful franchise, ‘Heroes,’ so that it will run in all original episodes in the fourth quarter.”

“These pickups are a sign of our confidence in these quality series and will allow the respective producers to get a head start on their creative arc for next season,” said co-honcho Marc Graboff. “As a result, they give us a lot to build on as we point to next year’s schedule.”

And I’m doing the happy Snoopy dance over the return of “Scrubs” after those terrible rumors that series’ fans might have to wait for the release of the DVD before we could say our fond farewells.

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The smiley Zach Braff stars in “Scrubs”

“ER” (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) also will come back on Thursday, April 10 with new episodes following the complete run of “Lipstick Jungle,” which concludes on March 20.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) will return with fresh episodes on Tuesday, April 15. “Law & Order” (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) resumes with original episodes on Wednesday, April 23. Meanwhile, “Medium” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET) continues in originals.

Specific plans for other NBC scripted series are currently being determined and will be announced later.

The following includes NBC’s new spring broadcast schedule denoting new return dates with original episodes for some of its scripted programs:

“Medium” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m.)
Continues current run

“My Name Is Earl” (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m.)
Resumes April 3 with one-hour episode

“30 Rock” (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m.)
Resumes April 10

“The Office” (Thursdays, 9-9:30 p.m.)
Resumes April 10

“Scrubs” (Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m.)
Resumes April 10

“ER” (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m.)
Resumes April 10

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m.)
Resumes April 15

“Law & Order” (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m.)
Resumes April 23

10 Comments

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  2. Marc said,

    February 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Great news, thanks for the updates Susan!

  3. Will said,

    February 14, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Woot woot, The Office is back!

    Is there such a thing as hanging around too long? Can someone talk to ER about that? Thanks

  4. tom martella said,

    February 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

    what about las vegas? you didnt list las vegas as returning with new episodes in april.Will las vegas be back>

  5. Lifer said,

    February 15, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Alas. We have no Life. Not only is Life extremely entertaining and original, it has gotten me hooked on fruit.

    Now I will have to drift back into a world of Twizzlers and junkfood, with no hope of health until the Fall.

    Can’t wait until the reunion.

  6. tom martella said,

    February 15, 2008 at 10:32 am

    when will las vegas return with new episodes?

  7. louie said,

    February 20, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    it is not fair that ‘LIFE’ will not be back until the fall. i have been waiting & waiting for the return. I will watch when it comes back it is the best night time show in a long time.

  8. Claudia Bowman said,

    February 23, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Please bring back The Unit!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!

  9. Lee said,

    February 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    PLEASE Return the Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Kristen Cowles said,

    February 28, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Please do not cancel the unit!!! I live for Tuesday nights, just because of the UNIT!!! In this war time and the new confusing and controversial election time, we need the UNIT to remember that the real guys and girls doing the fighting are in real danger. The UNIT is the best show please do not cancel it!