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Monday, May 04, 2009

NBC Unveils Some of Its Plans

As “Hollywood Reporter” predicted, NBC only told half the story at its “infront” today as it introduced several new shows but delayed announcing the fates of several of its old ones.

The shows we know are returning are: “Heroes,” “Southland,” “Parks & Recreation,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Friday Night Lights” and six new episodes of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.”

Still in limbo are “Medium” (’s Michael Ausiello tweeted today that its renewal is not yet a done deal.), “My Name Is Earl,” “Chuck,” and “Law & Order.” Their fates will be decided on or before May 19th, when NBC will announce its entire schedule.

However, NBC officials did confirm that “Life” has been cancelled.

Among the new series NBC has picked up for fall are four new dramas and two sitcoms. Here are the shows and their descriptions courtesy of the official NBC press release:

“Parenthood,” a “contemporary re-imagining” of the Ron Howard film of the same name featuring the trials and tribulations of the Braverman siblings and their families. The drama stars Peter Krause (“Dirty Sexy Money”), Craig T. Nelson (“Coach”) and Maura Tierney (“ER”).

“Trauma,” a drama that follows first responder paramedics in San Francisco. The show comes from Executive Producer Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) and stars Derek Luke.

“Mercy,” a medical drama told through the eyes of nurses. It stars Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and James Tupper (“Men In Trees”).

“Day One,” a drama that “tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world's infrastructures.”

“100 Questions,” a comedy “that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love” as a woman has to answer a 100-question questionnaire for a dating online site.

“Community,” a comedy that focuses on “a band of misfits” at a community college, starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase.

These six join the already announced new reality shows, “The Marriage Ref,” “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “The Jay Leno Show.”

Photos Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC