Some quick thoughts on NBC's fall schedule.
With all the information out in drips and drabs during the week, there were no surprises for NBC's announcement as far as renewals, cancellations or pickups, but it was still interesting to see the schedule.
NBC chief Bob Greenblatt gave a tip of his hat to Chuck fans, not only by renewing the show, but by saying he wanted to thank the loyal fans of Chuck with a final season where the story could be closed out properly. Was it too much to ask for him to add "and thank you Warner Bros for making us an offer we couldn't refuse"? Of course it was! Either way, our Saturday mornings will be even more interesting than they were this year.
Chuck will be on at 8pm, but NBC will also have the scripted Grimm at 9pm and if the Friday 9pm schedules for Fox and CW don't change from the current season, it will be interesting to see what happens. The main character in Grimm is a descendant "of an elite group of hunters, also known as 'Grimms,' who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world."
Other than the tie-in to Grimm's Fairy Tales and that the main character is a homicide detective, it sounds very Supernatural-esque. If Fringe and Supernatural stay at 9pm, genre fans might have some tough choices during the hour.
I've already caught some whining in e-mail about Parks & Recreation being moved to 8:30pm on Thursdays. NBC wanted to give the best lead-in it could for Whitney and I'm sure some Parks & Rec fans will be rooting for Whitney to fall on its face at 9:30p. But I wouldn't worry too much about Parks & Rec unless the ratings at 8:30p are absolutely horrid. After next season it will be within 22 episodes of 88 episodes which seems to be the magic number for the more lucrative stripped syndication deals (where the show runs Mon-Fri at the same time in syndication), and unless the ratings are look-away bad, I can't imagine NBC won't do what it takes to get it to at least 88 episodes.
30 Rock is delayed until mid-season due to Tina Fey's pregnancy.
With The Firm picked up for 22 episodes, and with a mid-season premiere, that likely means NBC will pretty much run it straight through with no breaks a la 24.