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Upfronts: NBC fall preview updated

In television on 05/19/2009 at 6:51 pm

NBC finished off its fall season announcement today (Tuesday), gushing and gushing about the prime-time debut of a guy named Jay Leno and confirmed it was renewing Law & Order so the crime procedural will tie Gunsmoke for longest-running drama at 20 seasons. But otherwise, despite promises at its “Infront” preview on May 4 that “Additional series pickups will be announced May 19, when NBC announces its 2009-2010 schedule,” the only new info today was bad: Medium and My Name Is Earl are both dead, but CBS is interested in the former, and Fox has its eyes on Earl.

Speaking of CBS, it unveils its schedule tomorrow (Wednesday), but word came today that the 2009 fall/midseason schedule will be minus at least The Unit and Without a Trace.

Here’s a recap of NBC:

Two unscripted/reality shows plus Leno:
1. The Marriage Ref: a comedy from Jerry Seinfeld in which a panel of celebrities, comics etc. will offer advice to couples.
2. Breakthrough with Tony Robbins: advice from the motivational guru.

3. The Jay Leno Show: The Tonight Show host leaves that spot May 29 (guests include Conan O’Brien and James Taylor), with O’Brien taking possession of the esteemed interviewer’s chair on June 1. Leno will make his prime time debut this fall (date tba) weeknights at 10 p.m. ET.

Four new dramas:
1. Trauma: about first-responder paramedics in San Francisco, starring Derek Luke (Notorious), Cliff Curtis (10,000 B.C), Anastasia Griffith (Damages), Aimee Garcia (George Lopez), Kevin Rankin (Friday Night Lights) and Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).
2. Parenthood: “contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family — four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos.”
3. Mercy: “Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, Dark Matter) returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq — and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, Rescue Me) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (Men in Trees) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica’s life; Diego Klattenhoff (Supernatural) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) as Nurse Angel Lopez.”
4. Day One: “Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event (in California), an eclectic band of survivors — played by Adam Campbell (Date Movie), Catherine Dent (The Shield), Julie Gonzalo (Eli Stone), David Lyons (ER), Derek Mio (Greek), Carly Pope (24), Thekla Reuten (Sleeper Cell) and Addison Timlin (Cashmere Mafia) — strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future.”

Two new comedies:
1. Community: a comedy set in the fictional Greendale Community College, about “a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, The Soup), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. The series also stars: Gillian Jacobs (The Book of Daniel); Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement); Danny Pudi (Greek); Alison Brie (Mad Men); and comedy legend Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live).”
2. 100 Questions: “Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, Peep Show) is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals — but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, The Ex List) – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test.”

Returning:
Law & Order, Chuck, Heroes, Southland, Parks & Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, The Biggest Loser, Friday Night Lights, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday

Dead:
Medium, My Name Is EArl, Life, Crusoe, Lipstick Jungle, My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, ER, Kings, Kath & Kim, America’s Toughest Jobs, American Gladiators, Momma’s Boys, Nashville Star, Fear Itself, Baby Borrowers, Chopping Block, Celebrity Circus, Last Comic Standing, Celebrity Family Feud.

– Denise Duguay

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  2. Well, personally I will not miss Medium AT ALL. I found it to be
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