NBC ANNOUNCES FALL SERIES PREMIERE DATES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 'THE JAY LENO SHOW' DEBUTS MONDAY, SEPT. 14 AT 10 PM NBC'S UNRIVALED THURSDAY NIGHT OF COMEDY BOWS ON SEPT. 17, WITH 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY' AND NEW COMEDY 'COMMUNITY' JOINING 'PARKS AND RECREATION' AND EMMY WINNER 'THE OFFICE' EMMY WINNER '30 ROCK' RETURNS ON OCT. 15 AT 9:30 PM RIVETING NEW DRAMAS 'PARENTHOOD' (SEPT 23) AND 'TRAUMA' (SEPT. 28) JOIN RETURNING HITS 'HEROES' (SEPT. 21), 'LAW & ORDER: SVU' (SEPT. 23), 'LAW & ORDER' AND 'SOUTHLAND' (SEPT. 25) 'THE BIGGEST LOSER' RETURNS WITH TWO-HOUR EPISODES ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 15 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' PREMIERES ITS 35TH SEASON ON SEPT. 26 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 25, 2009 – NBC kicks off the Fall 2009 season on Monday, September 14 with the highly anticipated primetime debut of "The Jay Leno Show" (10-11 p.m. ET/9-10 p.m. CT), followed by the premiere of the network's marquee night of comedy on Thursday, September 17, as "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" and new series "Community" join "Parks and Recreation" and Emmy winner "The Office." NBC's dramas will premiere with a two-hour "Heroes" on Monday, September 21 (8-10 p.m. ET), the compelling family drama "Parenthood" premieres on Wednesday, September 23 (8-9 p.m. ET) leading into "Law & Order: SVU" (9-10 p.m. ET). The new high-octane "Trauma" will premiere the following Monday, September 28 (9-10 p.m. ET). Emmy winner "30 Rock" returns to the Thursday comedy line-up on October 15 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). In addition, "Saturday Night Live" returns for its 35th season on September 26 (11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.). The announcement was made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "NBC is proud to present more hours of comedy programming this fall than any other network with the 'The Jay Leno Show' each night at 10 p.m. and 'Community' joining the award-winning Thursday line-up," said Silverman. "We're also excited about adding two new dramas to our strong slate of quality returning shows." "The Jay Leno Show," the first-ever entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television, launches on Monday, September 14 (10-11 p.m. ET) and will showcase many of the features that have made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years. On Tuesday, September 15 (8-10 p.m.), "The Biggest Loser" returns with all new two-hour episodes, featuring more inspiration and real-life drama as this season's contestants challenge themselves to reach their weight-loss goals. Thursday is comedy night on NBC with the only live comedy show between 8-10 p.m. on any network, "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday," kicking off the night (8-8:30 p.m. ET) beginning September 17, followed by "Parks and Recreation" (8:30-9 p.m. ET), "The Office" (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and new comedy "Community" (9:30-10 p.m. ET) from Emmy winners Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development"). "Community" focuses on a band of community college misfits, led by a fast-talking lawyer (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), who form a study group and end up learning more about themselves than their coursework. On October 8, "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" will exit the 8 p.m. slot and "Community" will shift to the earlier time period, followed by "Parks and Recreation" (8:30-9 p.m. ET). A one-hour episode of "The Office" will air from 9-10 p.m. ET. On October 15, Emmy winner "30 Rock" will launch its fourth season in the show's regular slot on Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. ET. NBC's dramas return with a two-hour episode of viewer favorite "Heroes" (8-10 p.m. ET) on Monday, September 21. The following Monday, September 28, "Heroes" will continue in its 8 p.m. time period followed by "Trauma" (9-10 p.m. ET), the new adrenalin-rush action drama from executive producer Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights") that tracks a team of first-responder paramedics from San Francisco General as they face extreme conditions to save the lives of strangers and give meaning to their own in the process. "Parenthood," from Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), premieres on Wednesday, September 23 (8-9 p.m. ET). The series, which features an all-star cast including Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Dax Shepard, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter and Erika Christensen, tells the story of four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and unexpected joys of being a parent. Following "Parenthood" on Wednesdays is "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9-10 p.m. ET), beginning its eleventh season on September 23. Fridays, beginning September 25, the venerable "Law & Order" (8-9 p.m. ET) returns for a record 20th season, followed by the acclaimed drama "Southland" (9-10 p.m. ET). Beginning September 26, Saturdays in primetime will be a showcase for "Dateline NBC" (8-9 p.m. ET) and encore presentations of "Trauma" (9-10 p.m. ET) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 p.m. ET). "Football Night in America" (7-8:15 p.m. ET) and "NBC Sunday Night Football" (8:15-11 p.m.) – the number one show of the fall – will return on Sundays, beginning September 13 with a classic match-up: the Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers. Following is NBC's Fall 2009-10 premiere schedule (all times ET): *New programs in UPPER CASE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 7-8:15 p.m. – "Football Night in America" 8:15-11 p.m. – "NBC Sunday Night Football" MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" (Series Premiere) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 8-10 p.m. – "The Biggest Loser" 10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 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 October 8; "30 Rock" returns October 15, 9:30-10 p.m.) 10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 8-10 p.m. – "Heroes" (two hour premiere, then TRAUMA premieres 9-10 p.m. Monday, September 28) 10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 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, SEPTEMBER 25 8-9 p.m. – "Law & Order" 9-10 p.m. – "Southland" 10-11 p.m. – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 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"
June 25, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST
I like that show way more than I should.
June 25, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST
...of the election, it's a big gamble to keep it up.
June 25, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST
I know most people thought this show was the worst, but if you gave it a chance, it really turned out to be well done. Has anyone heard anything as to whether there is a chance this show could come back in the winter months?
June 25, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
Stop Tina Fey before it's too late. Be the solution. It's a growing epidemic.
June 25, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST
Until Chuck comes back on. When is that by the way, January? What about FNL? Aren't they doing another season? Is it split between DirectTV and NBC again?
June 25, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST
The Monday after the Olympics.
June 25, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST
I think Kath and Kim is totally dead.
June 25, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST
June 25, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST
I call bullshit.
June 25, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST
Well, that and The Office.
June 25, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST
Ah, remember Thursday nights in the 80s? Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, and Night Court. The greatest night for TV. Ever.
June 25, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
Nice spin. However, "much talked about" does not mean "highly anticipated". <p>Or maybe they mean "anticipated" as in "expected". Then yes, it is true that The Jay Leno Show, a show we have known for months would be on the Fall schedule and have had no expectations to the contrary, is highly anticipated. We all very much expect it will be airing.
June 25, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
I hope short, quality seasons with lots of time to write become more common. <p> As in, Chuck seasons 4,5, and 6.
June 26, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST
by the local news on ABC, CBS and FOX stations as they will all have better lead-ins now.
June 26, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST
Everybody loves a train wreck
June 26, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST
I got Supernatural and The Office in the fall then the 'knock you on your ass' winter season of Lost, 24, and Chuck. Screw Leno, the best thing to happen to video games since Pong. And Burn Notice was great tonight as always
June 26, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST
That sucks goat ass. Thanks NBC you bunch of os tools. You best flex some good games on Sunday night.
June 26, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
and will run into the summer if the back nine gets picked up. This is gonna be a back-loaded season, with most of the good shows not coming back until 2010.<br><br>Interesting...a blog linked in the Fuller/Heroes talkback says he bailed partly because he wanted more time to plan for the new season, but that didn't happen. It will also be interesting to see what effect Leno's show has on Conan's ratings; Letterman actually beat TTS for the first time in a while last week.
June 26, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
NBC doesn't do that show any favor by not including it on the same day as the premiere's of Office, Parks and Rec and Community. I also hate in general when my favorite shows start so late
June 26, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST
NBC has nothing on that lineup I want to see...except for football that is.
June 26, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST
All of NBC is talk and drama comedy shows now. Ugh. It's all shitty Office spin offs.
June 26, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
June 27, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST
They've got an "Encore" showing of Trauma listed for Sat. Sept. 26, but also say that it <b>premieres</b> on Mon. Sep. 28.</br> Neat trick.
June 27, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST
..to two nights a week, and then shit-canned? One season tops? Mid-season? Any guesses? I give it till mid-season before they pull it for "retooling".
June 28, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST
"Ah, remember Thursday nights in the 80s? Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, and Night Court. The greatest night for TV. Ever." Only one classic, two very good shows, and the most overrated show ever (sorry to say, on it's best day Cosby was only mildly amusing) In the late 70's they had Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, three's company, and Taxi, all on one night Tues. In the early 70's they actually had All In the Family, Mash, Mary Tyler Moore, and the Carol Burnett show, on Saturdays, before they moved Mash to mondays.
June 28, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST
by Larry Sellers
I stopped watching when they poked fun at the idea of Jack's "real father" as a cliche story device...and then PROCEEDED to follow through and do it anyway. That killed it for me. Parks & Recreation didn't turn me on until the last episode so I'm looking forward to that. SNL is gradually improving. And The Office (despite that lame last scene of the season finale) still remains my #1. They know how to keep that show fresh and for every sour episode there are at least two or three gems that follow.
June 29, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST
June 30, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST
Why bother with this "live" nonsense? The show is obviously "sweetened" with canned laughter. 80 percent of those skits are not as funny as the machines think.
Aug. 1, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST
No confirmation to the rumor that Michael Stipe is joining the cast of The Office next season? Too weird if it's real.