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NBC’s ‘Leno Show’, Thursday Comedies Get Head Start

Jun 25, 2009  •  Post A Comment

NBC will stick to a pretty traditional premiere week launch strategy this fall, with one big exception: Its Thursday comedy block will bow a week early.

The network Thursday said it will serve up season premieres of most of its signature comedy series on Sept. 17, a few days before the new TV season officially begins. The move, combined with the previously announced decision to premiere "The Jay Leno Show" on Monday, Sept. 14, allows NBC to promote a "comedy premiere week" prior to the big rollout the week of Sept. 21.

Also getting an early rollout: "The Biggest Loser," back on Sept. 15.

NBC will be pretty much in pattern during premiere week, though "Heroes" will get a two-hour premiere on Monday, Spet. 21. New drama "Trauma" bows Sept. 28.

Wednesday dramas "Parenthood" and "Law & Order: SVU" are set to premiere Sept. 23, while Friday’s lineup of "Southland" and "Law & Order" kicks in Sept. 25.

As previously reported, NBC will tweak its Thursday lineup in October, when "SNL Weekend Update Thursday" goes away and "Community" moves into the 8 p.m. timeslot. That switch will happen Oct. 8., with a one-hour "The Office" set to air at 9 p.m. that evening.

Fans of "30 Rock" will have to wait until Oct. 15 for the Tina Fey series to return.

NBC’s full premiere rollout below:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
7-8:15 p.m. – "Football Night in America"
8:15-11 p.m. – "NBC Sunday Night Football"

MONDAY, SEPT. 14
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" (Series Premiere)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
8-10 p.m. – "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
8-8:30 p.m. – "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday"
8:30-9 p.m. – "Parks and Recreation"
9-9:30 p.m. – "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. – "COMMUNITY" (series premiere – moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8; "30 Rock" returns Oct. 15, 9:30-10 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

MONDAY, SEPT. 21
8-10 p.m. – "Heroes" (two hour premiere, then TRAUMA premieres 9-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28)
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
8-9 p.m. – "PARENTHOOD" (Series Premiere)
9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
8-9 p.m. – "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. – "Southland"
10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"
9-10 p.m. – "TRAUMA" (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcast)
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – "Saturday Night Live"

–Joe Adalian

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