Sunday, 16 May 2010


[21.20 - French Time] We know now what NBC has in store for its 2010 Fall schedule.

Following the Jay Leno debacle, the Peacock came back in the scripted programme territory for its 10pm slot with an impressive development season. Including much talked about pilots like Rex is not your Lawyer, starring former Doctor Who star David Tennant, or a new Rockford Files starring the totally miscast Dermot Mulroney in the role popularized by James Garner.

Thank God common sense prevailed and we will be spared another pathetic remake of a classic. David Tennant has a strong and loyal fanbase which was eagerly anticipating a series order for Rex, but Nellie Andreeva of wrote last thursday that this pilot was not "going forward" ( Should Rex not resurface midseason on NBC and if Tennant is available, this lawyer with panic attacks who coaches his clients to represent themselves would be perfect for USA Network.

Here are the highlights of NBC's 2010 Fall schedule...

Monday Night is all action/adventure: new conspiracy thriller The Event follows renewed Chuck (which takes Heroes's slot). The pick-up of another "high concept show" after the announced demise of ABC's FlashForward is a mystery stronger than the pitch of this new drama. The Event is followed by Jerry Bruckheimer's Chase, about US marshals chasing fugitives. Chuck looks like the only thing enjoyable.

J.J. Abrams's Undercovers gets the Wednesday 8 pm slot with its married spy couple. The forgettable My Own Worst Enemy should have stayed the last attempt of the genre on network television. Undercovers is followed by a Law & Order combo made of the returning Law & Order: SVU and the new franchise avatar, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Maybe they unplugged the original some months too soon.

Thursday Night remains dedicated to comedies, with Community, the two workplace shows plus a new one (Outsourced), and Love Bites at 10pm - a show whose concept evokes Steven Moffat's Coupling. Love Bites is co-produced by Working Title Television, the new division of UK-based Working Title Films and is Working Title Television’s first US commission.

Outlaw (formerly Garza), the legal drama from Conan O'Brien's production company starring Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court Justice, has been given a deadly Friday 10pm time slot.

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