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Posted by Davbmn on 05/16/06 at 02:35 PM

imageNBC is the first to release their new fall schedule

NBC released their new fall line up with some expected changes. The network is struggling to stop the slide that it has been on since the end of Friends.  Monday the network picked up 2 new comedies and 4 new dramas to try and stop the bleeding.  They are also killing off the spin-off of their popular Friends comedy, Joey.

Along with Matt Leblanc’s show they are also dumping Four Kings, Surface, E-Ring, Heist, Inconceivable(did that even air?) and the controversial Book of Daniel. Though, they may still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

It appears they will try to cash in on the popularity of the HBO hit The Sopranos by offering a mob type show called: The Black Donnelly’s, in December in ER’s time slot when ER goes on hiatus.

The four new dramas include Friday Night Lights based on the book and subsequent movie by the same title. (There’s a fresh idea)

Kidnapped; A thriller about the abduction of a teenage boy which features the return of Dana Delany to the small screen.  Other than Delany this sounds like a yawner.  Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; This marks a return of another Friend, Matthew Perry.  The fact that this is a drama with Matthew Perry tells me that someone in casting needs to be recast as a waiter.  The fourth new drama is called, Heroes.  This one is about ordinary people who discover they have super powers.  This sounds like Smallville on Viagra to me, I guess we’ll have to wait and see if America buys into it.

The two comedies could be winners.  They include an Alec Baldwin / Tracy Morgan duo in 30 Rock, about a late-night TV variety show.  (wan’t this called SNL?) The other is 20 Good Years with John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor as the “odd couple” who want to live their last 20 years of life to the fullest.

NBC is hoping that the NFL and Bob Costas will pull them out of the pit they are in during football season and hand it over to an American imageIdol type show called, America’s Got Talent . NBC is teaming up with Simon Cowell to search for a variety of talented people in every genre.  The show will be hosted by a stalwart when it come to being an MC, Regis Philbin. Scrubs, The Apprentice and a couple of other mid-season shows, featuring Jeff Goldblum and Andy Richter will also start in January.  This could be like raising the Titanic with a blow-up lifepreserver but they have done it before.  Here’s hoping the peacock can strut it’s stuff again one day.

Here is NBC’s entirely updated fall schedule.

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