NBC Primetime schedule: September 20-26, 2009

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September 4th, 2009

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NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday September 20, 2009 - Saturday September 26, 2009

"HEROES"
"ORIENTATION / JUMP, PUSH, FALL"

09/21/2009 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : "VOLUME FIVE: REDEMPTION" MAKES A SPECIAL TWO-HOUR DEBUT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A MYSTERIOUS CARNIVAL CLAN WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE UNKNOWN, WHILE FAMILIAR FACES ADJUST TO NEW STAGES OF THEIR LIVES THAT WILL CHALLENGE THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF THE WORLD AND THEIR ABILITIES. ROBERT KNEPPER JOINS THE CAST. RAY PARK, ZELJKO IVANEK, MADELINE ZIMA, AND DAWN OLIVIERI GUEST STAR -- Claire (Hayden Panettiere) struggles with adjusting to her new life in college when a mysterious death thrusts her into the spotlight once again. Elsewhere, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) continue their noble quest to help people by promoting their abilities. Angela (Cristine Rose) fears Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) will soon discover his true identity; while Matt (Greg Grunberg) is haunted by an unexpected visitor seeking something he has lost. Tracy Strauss (Ali Larter) and H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) join forces, looking for the key to unlock the motive behind a horrific crime. Meanwhile, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) uses his abilities for good, but he is soon called upon to aid an old friend. While the heroes adjust to their new surroundings, a mysterious carnival clan, led by ringleader Samuel (Robert Knepper), sets their sights on familiar faces. James Kyson Lee and Zachary Quinto also star. Rachel Melvin, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ashley Crow, Lisa Lackey, Assaf Cohen, and Saemi Nakamura also guest star.

Gary Mednick

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"6"

09/21/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : JENNIFER GARNER AND HEADLINES – Jennifer Garner stops by and it's Monday, time for "Headlines."

"THE Biggest Loser 8"
"802"

09/22/2009 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : POPULAR CHEF CURTIS STONE TAKES CONTESTANTS THROUGH A "KITCHEN BOOT CAMP" -- It's week two at the ranch, well known as one of the hardest weeks on "The Biggest Loser" to lose big numbers on the scale. So contestants are surprised when host Alison Sweeney tells them they'll all get to stay on the ranch another week – if they lose a certain amount of weight. Hoping to help in their quest is Chef Curtis Stone, who meets them at the California Health and Longevity Institute for a "kitchen boot camp" designed to help them make healthier food choices. Then all the contestants have to rely on each other for a balancing challenge that tests their ability to work together. And later, the weekly weigh-in will reveal whether all the players meet the required weight loss goal to stay another week – or whether two players will be sent home. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"7"

09/22/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : PEE WEE HERMAN COMES TO LENO'S PLAYHOUSE, AMY POEHLER SIGNS ON FOR A 10 @ 10 AND KISS PERFORMS WITH THE L.A. CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN A PACKED EPISODE OF "THE JAY LENO SHOW" – In a packed line-up Leno welcomes Pee Wee Herman in-studio and tonight's 10 @ 10 will feature Amy Poehler. In a special performance KISS will team up with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra.

"MERCY"
"CAN WE GET THAT DRINK NOW?"

09/23/2009 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : TAYLOR SCHILLING STARS IN THE PREMIERE OF NEW DRAMA SERIES "MERCY" – Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling) is a whip-smart nurse who has just returned to work at Mercy Hospital after a tour of service in Iraq. She's not afraid to bend the rules to save her patients, but her outspoken attitude might wind up costing her her job. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her marriage to her high school sweetheart Mike (Diego Klattenhoff), she's caught off-guard by the hospital's latest new hire Dr. Chris Sands (James Tupper). Meanwhile, Veronica's best friend and colleague Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) thinks she's finally found a man who can live up to her lofty expectations and rookie nurse Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) learns the hard way what it means to be a nurse. Colm Meaney, James Le Gros and Guillermo Diaz also star.

"LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit"
"UNSTABLE"

09/23/2009 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : OFFICER NATE KENDALL (GUEST STAR WENTWORTH MILLER) IS CALLED IN TO HELP DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELLIOT STABLER (CHRIS MELONI) SOLVE A SERIES OF RAPE CASES ALONG WITH EXECUTIVE ADA SONYA PAXTON (GUEST STAR CHRISTINE LAHTI).
Officer Nate Kendall (guest star Wentworth Miller) aids a woman in trouble and becomes roped into solving a rape case. While Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality, Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. With Paxton's help, the team might expose a serial rapist. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Much), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"8"

09/23/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : VINCE VAUGHN IS IN STUDIO – Vince Vaughn stops by the new studio and a classic Leno bit leads into your late local news.

"PARKS AND RECREATION"
"THE STAKEOUT "

09/24/2009 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE HOLDS AN ALL-NIGHT STAKEOUT TO FIND OUT WHO PLANTED MARIJUANA IN THE PIT—LOUIS C.K. ("LUCKY Louie") GUEST STARS—While tending to the new community garden, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) discover someone has planted marijuana among the vegetables. In an effort to catch the people responsible, they pull an all-night stakeout. With Leslie's permission, Ann (Rashida Jones) decides to Go On a date with Mark (Paul Schneider). Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt also star.

Joanne Park
Wendy Luckenbill

"The Office"
"THE MEETING "

09/24/2009 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : TOBY AND DWIGHT GO UNDERCOVER FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT IN THE WAREHOUSE— A request by Jim (John Krasinski) leaves Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) feeling insecure and defensive. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) deals with the guest list for the wedding, and Dwight convinces Toby (Paul Lieberstein) to investigate Darryl's (Craig Robinson) worker's comp claim. Ed Helms, Leslie David baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Andy Buckley also star.

Joanne Park

"COMMUNITY"
"SPANISH 101"

09/24/2009 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : JEFF'S ATTEMPT TO BECOME BRITTA'S PARTNER IN A SPANISH CLASS PROJECT FAILS MISERABLY— When Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) assigns a project which requires the class to partner up in pairs of two, Jeff (Joel McHale) conspires to become Britta's (Gillian Jacobs) partner. Much to Jeff's dismay, his valiant attempt backfires and he ends up with an unwelcome partner. Meanwhile, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Annie (Alison Brie) help Britta with her latest social justice cause. Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi and Donald Glover also star.

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"9"

09/24/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : RUSH LIMBAUGH TALKS IT UP AND SMOKEY ROBINSON PERFORMS WITH JOSS STONE – Leno sits down with Rush Limbaugh and musical legend Smokey Robinson performs with the soulful Joss Stone. For laughs we go Jaywalking.

"LAW & ORDER"
"MEMO FROM THE DARK SIDE"

09/25/2009 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : WHEN A WAR VETERAN IS FOUND DEAD IN A PARKING GARAGE, ALL SIGNS LEAD TO A LAW PROFESSOR WHOSE PAST WORK AS A LAWYER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNVEIL TORTURE DURING WARTIME.
When young war veteran Greg Tanner is found murdered in a Hudson University parking garage, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) connect the murder to law professor Kevin Franklin (Guest Star David Alan Basche), an attorney who formerly worked for the Department of Justice. But when the case is brought to court, it seems Tanner (Guest Star Creighton James) may have been more affected by the war than his discharge stated. Lupo and Bernard find that the pieces start to fit when Franklin's memos from the Bush Administration are leaked. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter).

Sharon Pannozzo

"Dateline NBC"
"FR1901"

09/25/2009 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Friday) :

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"10"

09/25/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) : HUGH LAURIE IS IN STUDIO – "House" actor Hugh Laurie visits Leno.

"LAW & ORDER"
"MEMO FROM THE DARK SIDE"

09/26/2009 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Saturday) : WHEN A WAR VETERAN IS FOUND DEAD IN A PARKING GARAGE, ALL SIGNS LEAD TO A LAW PROFESSOR WHOSE PAST WORK AS A LAWYER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNVEIL TORTURE DURING WARTIME.
When young war veteran Greg Tanner is found murdered in a Hudson University parking garage, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) connect the murder to law professor Kevin Franklin (Guest Star David Alan Basche), an attorney who formerly worked for the Department of Justice. But when the case is brought to court, it seems Tanner (Guest Star Creighton James) may have been more affected by the war than his discharge stated. Lupo and Bernard find that the pieces start to fit when Franklin's memos from the Bush Administration are leaked. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter).

Sharon Pannozzo

"LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit"
"TBA"

09/26/2009 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) :

 
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