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NBC announces fall schedule: 'Chuck' stays, 'Southland' moves to Fridays

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NBC will premiere two new dramas and a single-camera comedy this fall and move the struggling cop series Southland to Fridays, where the net hopes it’ll have a better chance of surviving against Fox’s Dollhouse and ABC’s Ugly Betty. A special SNL Weekend Update will now run Thursdays at 8 p.m. to help prop up Amy Poehler’s ratings-challenged comedy Parks and Recreation at 8:30 p.m., while 30 Rock will temporarily move off the night to make way for Community, the new single-camera comedy about junior college life starring The Soup‘s Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. The Tina Fey laugher will be back in the winter.

Also this fall, Trauma — a drama about paramedics — will air after another season of Heroes on Mondays, while Parenthood — a small-screen take on the 1989 Ron Howard film of the same name — will lead into Law & Order: SVU on Wednesdays. And nothing’s changed at 10 p.m. (at least, since NBC last shocked Hollywood with the news): The Jay Leno Show is still airing in the primetime slot once reserved for (mostly) serious dramas.

Chuck is back and on Mondays this winter, along with the new high-concept drama Day One, about life after a global catastrophe. Also coming midseason: A new sitcom about a New York single gal called 100 Questions on Tuesdays, the nursing drama Mercy on Wednesdays, and an hour-long reality show from Jerry Seinfeld called The Marriage Ref on Sundays. Not coming back: My Name is Earl and Medium. “A couple of our shows were aging as we were getting younger,” explains NBC Entertainment Co-Chairman Ben Silverman. “And the demand for Chuck that came from online and the advertising base made us have to pick up that show. The other shows, there was not that kind of attention or energy.”

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8-9 p.m. Heroes

9-10 p.m. Trauma

10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

TUESDAY

8-10 p.m. ­ The Biggest Loser

10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. Parenthood

9-10 p.m. ­Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

THURSDAY

8-8:30 p.m. ­ SNL Weekend Update Thursday (multi-episode run)

8:30-9 p.m. ­ Parks and Recreation

9-9:30 p.m. ­ The Office

9:30-10 p.m. ­ Community (moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. after 30 Rock returns)

10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

FRIDAY

8-9 p.m. ­Law & Order

9-10 p.m. ­Southland

10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

SATURDAY

8-9 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC

9-10 p.m. ­ Trauma (encore broadcast)

10-11 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY

7-8:20 p.m. Football Night in America

8:20-11 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football

NBC’s mid-season 2010 schedule after the jump.

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NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE

(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)

MONDAY

8-9 p.m. ­ Chuck (season premiere)

9-10 p.m. Day One

10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

TUESDAY

8-9:30 p.m. ­The Biggest Loser

9:30-10 p.m. 100 Questions

10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. ­Mercy

9-10 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

THURSDAY

8- 8:30 p.m. Community

8:30-9 p.m. ­ Parks and Recreation

9- 9:30 p.m. ­ The Office

9:30-10 p.m. ­ 30 Rock

10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

FRIDAY

8-9 p.m. ­ Law & Order

9-10 p.m. ­ Southland

10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

SATURDAY

8-9 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC

9-10 p.m. ­ Southland (encore broadcast)

10-11 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY

7-8 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC

8-9 p.m. ­ The Marriage Ref

9-11 p.m. ­ The Celebrity Apprentice (season premiere)

More TV news:

ABC announces fall schedule, ‘Ugly Betty’ moves to Fridays

Fox announces fall schedule, acknowledges Whedon fans

The Ausiello Files, for the latest renewals and cancellations

Ausiello’s Fall TV cheat sheet

CBS picks up four new dramas, new Jenna Elfman comedy

Gallery: Inside the ‘NCIS’ spinoff

Q&A: Catching up with Alex O’Loughlin

NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE
(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. ­ Chuck (season premiere)
9-10 p.m. Day One
10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

TUESDAY
8-9:30 p.m. ­The Biggest Loser
9:30-10 p.m. 100 Questions
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. ­Mercy
9-10 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. Community
8:30-9 p.m. ­ Parks and Recreation
9- 9:30 p.m. ­ The Office
9:30-10 p.m. ­ 30 Rock
10-11 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. ­ Law & Order
9-10 p.m. ­ Southland
10-11 p.m. ­The Jay Leno Show

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC
9-10 p.m. ­ Southland (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. ­ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. ­ Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. ­ The Marriage Ref
9-11 p.m. ­ The Celebrity Apprentice (season premiere)

More TV news:
ABC announces fall schedule, ‘Ugly Betty’ moves to Fridays
Fox announces fall schedule, acknowledges Whedon fans
The Ausiello Files, for the latest renewals and cancellations
Ausiello’s Fall TV cheat sheet
CBS picks up four new dramas, new Jenna Elfman comedy
Gallery: Inside the ‘NCIS’ spinoff
Q&A: Catching up with Alex O’Loughlin