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NBC Announces 2008 Schedule

gladiators.jpgWith no end to the writers' strike in sight, NBC is doing a bit of damage control. We are used to many shows taking a Christmas break, but once the tinsel clears, they plan to have new programming ready to roll.

The network announced that not only will Patricia Arquette's "Medium" come back Monday, January 7, but they have new episodes of "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Friday Night Lights," "Las Vegas," "Scrubs" and the returns of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

Recently, NBC also said that once "ER" episodes run out, they will debut the Brooke Shields vehicle "Lipstick Jungle."

Plenty of reality programming is also in the work. New installments of "The Biggest Loser" and "Celebrity Apprentice" will start in January, as well as the premiere of the new and Hulk-Hogan-helmed "American Gladiators." Game shows "Deal or No Deal" and "1 vs 100" will also return.

Another potentially scarring program is "The Baby Borrowers," which asks five teenage couples to grow up, get jobs, and become parents to a variety of ages for about three weeks. The show will premiere on February 18.

Here is the whole schedule (courtesy of NBC):
Mondays (effective January 7, 2008)
8-9 p.m. - "American Gladiators"; (premieres Sunday, January 6, 9-11 p.m.)
9-10 p.m. - "Deal or No Deal"
10-11 p.m. - "Medium" (season premiere)

Tuesdays (effective January 1, 2008)
8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Wednesdays (effective January 9, 2008)
8-9 p.m. - "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (broadcast premiere)
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order" (premieres January 2 with a two-hour debut)

Thursdays (effective January 3, 2008)
8-8:30 p.m. - NBC Comedy Series
8:30-9 p.m. - NBC Comedy Series
9-10 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice" (season premiere)
10-11 p.m. - "ER" ("Lipstick Jungle" premieres February 7 in time slot)

Fridays (effective January 4, 2008)
8-9 p.m. - "1 vs. 100"
9-10 p.m. - "Friday Night Lights"
10-11 p.m. - "Las Vegas"

Not sure what "NBC Comedy Series" will entail, but the network is also planning to jam special programming such as "The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards" and "The Guinness Book of World Records - Live!" into the month's mix. -- Rachel Cericola

Photo: © 2007 NBC/Chris Haston

Posted by Rachel Cericola on December 7, 2007 12:00 AM
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