NBC has announced its 2010-11 schedule. Compared to Fall 2009, NBC has announced three more new shows (if you consider Leno as a single show), and four hours fewer of unscripted shows or scheduled repeats.
Here is a look at NBC's (announced) Fall 2010 Schedule vs. NBC's (actual) Fall 2009 Schedule By The Numbers.
2010 (8 shows, 7.5 hours): The Event (1 hr), Chase (1 hr),(1 hr), Law & Order: LA (1 hr); (0.5 hr), Love Bites (1 hr), (1 hr), Outlaw (1 hr)
2009 (5 shows, 7.5 hours): The Jay Leno Show (5 hours), Trauma (1 hour),(1 hour), (1/2 hour)
Unscripted Or Scheduled Repeats
2010 (11 hours): (2 hours), / (1 hour), NBC (1 hour), Football Night in America (1 hour), (3 hours), Saturday repeats (3 hours)
2009 (15 hours): The Jay Leno Show (5 hours), (2 hours), NBC (2 hours), Football Night in America (1 hour), (3 hours), Saturday repeats (2 hours)
- NBC scripted fall shows are going to be on very short leashes. In contrast to 2009-10, when the Lenopocalypse caused ratings dreck like Mercy and Trauma to have their orders extended, with so many shows ordered and waiting in the wings at mid-season (see below), I'd expect NBC to be ruthless in cutting their under performers.
- NBC went farther than I expected to suck up to their local affiliates. Going scripted at 10pm Friday makes it apparent NBC is still in suck up mode. Robert notes it may be more of a company town "Hollywood suck up" than an affiliate suck up, a reasonable theory. Robert's viewpoint gets a boost, as the predictable swoon of the TV critics begins.
- NBC's may already intend to tip the scripted/unscripted balance in the spring. With Celebrity Apprentice scheduled for an all unscripted Sunday post football, and (Classic) Apprentice and Marriage Ref also awaiting mid season slots, unless NBC replaces both Friday unscripted hours, it seems likely they will drop their scripted content by at least an hour. Although, their currently announced schedule for Sunday's post football ( , , Celebrity Apprentice) begins in March, which leaves unknown two months of Sundays in January and February.
|Day / Time||Fall 2009||Fall 2010|
|10-11p||The Jay Leno Show||Chase|
|10-11p||The Jay Leno Show|
|9-10p||Law & Order:||Law & Order:|
|10-11p||The Jay Leno Show||Law & Order: Los Angeles|
|8-8:30p||SNL Weekend Update Thursday|
|8:30-9p||Parks & Recreation|
|10-11p||The Jay Leno Show||Love Bites|
|8-9p||Law & Order||/|
|10-11p||The Jay Leno Show||Outlaw|
|10-11p||Law & Order:(Encores)||Repeats|
|7-8pm||Football Night in America||Football Night in America|
Shows in BOLD are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2009 shows in strikethrough did not return.
The shows scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later are:, Friends with Benefits, , Harry's Law, The Paul Reiser Show, , Marriage Ref, Parks and Recreation, , Celebrity Apprentice.
Changes to the mid season schedule are almost certain between now and January.