TCA Summer Press Tour: NBC gets smart with ‘Chuck’, ‘Friday Night Lights’ (Plus Premiere Dates)

When NBC revealed their schedule in May, I was critical of them for a few things. One of them was sending The Bionic Woman to die on Wednesday nights, but considering that the show is in considerable retooling and is casting Isaiah Washington (Action Star? Uhh, really, NBC?) I don’t really care too much about its fate. But I did care about two other shows sent to die: Friday Night Lights in its graveyard 10pm slot on Friday nights, and Josh Schwartz’ Chuck facing off against similar Reaper on The CW…oh, and HOUSE. And now, NBC has rectified these two mistakes.

Zap2it – NBC Shuffles Schedule, Sets Premiere Dates 

– Chuck moves to 8pm on Mondays, a slot that certainly won’t be simple (Prison Break is the main competition), but it’s not the insanity that was Tuesday. This will give the show a chance to build an audience amongst young people who will be tuning in for Heroes anyways.

– Friday Night Lights moves down an hour to 9pm, which make complete sense. They’re also going to emphasize the family drama as opposed to the football drama, which is more representative of the show as a whole. It will also be receiving a lead-in from Deal or No Deal, which will be moving from Chuck’s Monday slot to 8pm on Fridays. Poor Bob Saget: His 1 vs. 100 appears to be cut for the fall season.

In other NBC news, The Singing Bee will be paired with The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays in an attempt to cut into House’s audience with reality programming. Except that The Biggest Loser is not America’s Got Talent, and The Singing Bee will get old. FAST. I do hope they realize that sooner, rather than later.

Here’s the premiere dates for the fall season, so mark your calendars!

Tuesday, Sept. 11

8 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” (two hours)

Monday, Sept. 17

8 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” (last Monday airing)

Monday, Sept. 24

8 p.m. “Chuck”
9 p.m. “Heroes”
10 p.m. “Journeyman”

Tuesday, Sept. 25

9:30 p.m. “The Singing Bee”
10 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU”

Wednesday, Sept. 26

8 p.m. “Deal or No Deal”
9 p.m. “Bionic Woman”
10 p.m. “Life”

Thursday, Sept. 27

8 p.m. “My Name Is Earl” (one hour)
9 p.m. “The Office” (one hour; new timeslot)

Friday, Sept. 28

8 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” (new timeslot)
9 p.m. “Las Vegas” (two hours)

Thursday, Oct. 4

8:30 p.m. “30 Rock”

Friday, Oct. 5

9 p.m. “Friday Night Lights” (new timeslot)

Thursday, Oct. 25

9:30 p.m. “Scrubs”

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