Will NBC Move "Heroes"?
One of the burning questions the observers are asking as NBC prepares to unveil their new schedule today is if its hit drama "Heroes" will move to a new night (Thursdays at 10 p.m. is one of the options) or remain where it is and help launch a new show.
NBC has already disclosed the list of new shows which it will be adding to the schedule come fall including dramas "The Bionic Woman," "Journeyman," "Chuck," "Life," and "Lipstick Jungle."
It appears however the network will not be ordering any of the comedy pilots, but rather stick to the four shows that comprise its Thursday's block "Comedy Night Done Right."
If so, this would be the first time in 30 years NBC has not ordered any new comedy pilots. Hollywood press however reports NBC may order "The I.T. Crowd" as a 6-episode midseason replacement.
The network believes the ratings of its hit shows "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" were hurt by long breaks filled with repeats and is expected to order expanded seasons of 28-30 episodes of both shows.
"Scrubs" will however return for only 18 episodes.
TV networks in the US have always relied heavily on repeats to amortize the high cost of production, but recent abundance of other platforms (Video-on-demand, I-Tunes, etc.) have resulted in lower ratings for both repeats and originals.
As for "Heroes," many industry experts dispute that NBC would move its only hit freshman show as it may help launch any of the three genre shows the network is launching in the fall.
In addition to "Heroes" and the aforementioned comedies, the networks has already greenlighted new seasons for the following returning shows:
"Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "ER," "Medium," "Friday Night Lights," and "Las Vegas."
As part of a special deal with producer Dick Wolf, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is moving to USA Network.
NBC has officially canceled "The Black Donnellys," "Andy Barker, P.I." and "Kidnapped."
The fate of all other shows (including "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "The Apprentice") will be determined once the network presents its new schedule today.
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