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NBC announces 2010-11 lineup: Jimmy Smits, Paul Reiser, J.J. Abrams, Bruckheimer and more

In television on 05/16/2010 at 5:35 pm

Sure, most series haven’t even wrapped up their seasons for the 2009-2010 season, but it’s that time of year in the TV land, where the networks unveil their fall lineups. NBC is out of the gate first with Sunday’s announcement (links to videos, alas, won’t work — damn you NBC — but I’ll add video as soon as I find those viewable on Canadian computers).

As the L.A. Times points out, NBC has once again fallen in love with scripted dramas. Almost enough to make us forget about the horrible prime-time fiasco that was the Jay Leno Show. But not quite.

Here’s the slate of new shows, which will be presented in New York tomorrow (Monday, May 17) to advertisers (Fox is also presenting to advertisers May 17).

New comedies
Friends with Benefits: Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development) offers up new ensemble sitcom about 20-somethings.
Outsourced: Todd (Broadway actor Ben Rappaport) is made manager of a novelty company who is transferred to India to oversee telephone sales of whoopee cushions, wallets made of bacon etc. Fish out of water scenario in which the fish also must explain America to his new Indian employees.
Perfect Couples: Three couples, all looking for love and happiness and each screwing it up in different ways.
Love Bites: Hour-long romantic comedy anthology series featuring vignettes that float around the main story of two single gals trying to not be single too much longer. The pilot’s guest cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Greg Grunberg, Craig Robinson, Jason Lewis, Lindsay Price and Larry Wilmore.
The Paul Reiser Show: Paul Reiser plays himself trying to find something meaningful to do with his post-sitcom life. And in the meantime, plays basketball with his inept (fictional) friends.

New dramas:

Undercovers: J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Alias) writes, produces and directs series about married caterers (Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who are also retired spies. They get called in on one last big mission by their old boss (Gerald McRaney) and … Described in the notes as “sexy, fun, action packed”.
The Event: Guy (Jason Ritter) investigating the disappearance of his fiancee stumbles upon the biggest cover-up in U.S. history, knitting his fate together with that of, among others, the newly elected president (Blair Underwood).
The Cape: Honest cop (David Lyons) goes into hiding, is presumed dead and becomes The Cape, his son’s fave super hero after being framed for a series of murders.
Chase: Jerry Bruckheimer (CSIs, Amazing Race, Pirates of the Caribbean films) exec produces actioner about U.S. marshals and their adventures.
Law & Order: Los Angeles: Dick Wolf’s latest L&O spinoff. Cast and story details tba.
Outlaw: U.S. Supreme Court justice (Jimmy Smits), who  is also a rake and a gambler, quits his job in disgust and goes rogue to use his insider knowledge of the system to do the right thing and upset a lot of former friends along the way. You might be intrigued to know that Conan O’Brien is one of the exec producers.
Harry’s Law: David E. Kelly (The Practice, Boston Legal) directs do-good legal drama about Harriet (Kathy Bates) who meets two young lads (Ben Chaplin, Ami Ameen) and realizes what she should do with the rest of her life: start a new law practice in a rundown shoe store.

New unscripted

School Pride: Follows communities who come together to rebuild their crumbling schools.
America’s Next Great Restaurant: Starring Bobby Flay

Returning:

Chuck
The Biggest Loser
Parenthood
Law & Order: SVU
Community
30 Rock
The Office
Parks and Recreation (although not returning during the early fall season)
Who Do You Think You Are
Minute to Win It
Celebrity Apprentice
The Apprentice
the Marriage Ref

Confirmed cancelled:

Law & Order
Heroes

Here’s the day-to-day fall schedule, with new shows in all caps

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. –  “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. —  “THE EVENT”
10-11 p.m. –  “CHASE”

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “UNDERCOVERS”
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES”

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. – “Community”
8:30-9 p.m. – “30 Rock”
9-9:30 p.m. –  “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. –  “OUTSOURCED”
10-11 p.m. –   “LOVE BITES”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Who Do You Think You Are?”/”SCHOOL PRIDE”
9-10 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
10-11 p.m. – “OUTLAW”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:215-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (beginning March 2011)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “Minute to Win It”
9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”

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