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NBC 2006 Fall Season

NBC Fall 2006 Grid
(all times Mountain Time Zone)


6 PM

6:30 PM

7 PM

7:30 PM

8 PM

8:30 PM

9 PM

9:30 PM


"Football Night in America"

"Sunday Night Football"/"America's Got Talent" (Jan.)/"The Apprentice 6" (Jan.)/"Raines" (Jan.)


"Deal or No Deal"


"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"


"Friday Night Lights"

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"


"30 Rock"

"20 Good Years"

"The Biggest Loser 3"



"My Name is Earl"

"The Office"

"Deal or No Deal"

"E.R."/"The Black Donnellys" (Jan.)


"Crossing Jordan"

"Las Vegas"

"Law & Order"


"Dateline Saturday"

Drama Series Encores


New Show

New Timeslot


Cancelled Shows:

"The Apprentice: Martha Stewart"
"The Book of Daniel"
"Celebrity Cooking Showdown"
"Fear Factor"
"Four Kings"
"Three Wishes"
"The West Wing"
"Will & Grace"

Midseason Shows/Shows Moved to Midseason:

"Andy Barker, PI"
"The Apprentice 6"
"The Black Donnellys"
"The Singles Table"

New Show Descriptions


"The Black Donnellys" (Thursdays at 9 PM; starts in January in the "E.R." timeslot)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Academy Award winners Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco are the creators of "The Black Donnellys," a gritty new crime drama series loosely based on Moresco's background.  The series follows the exploits of four young, working-class Irish brothers and their involvement in organized crime in New York City.  Despite their rough surroundings, the Donnelly brothers basically remain "good kids"...who will do anything to protect each other against all odds.  The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Tucker, Billy Lush, Thomas Guiry, Michael Stahl-David, Keith Nobbs, Olivia Wilde, and Kirk Acevedo.
Stars: Kirk Acevedo ("Law & Order: Trial by Jury," "Oz"), Olivia Wilde ("The O.C."), Tom Guiry (Mystic River), Billy Lush ("Huff"), Keith Nobbs (Phone Booth, 25th Hour), Michael Stahl-David (Uncle Nino), Jonathan Tucker (Hostage, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Studio: NBC Universal TV
Producers: Paul Haggis (Crash, "EZ Streets"), Bobby Moresco (Crash)

"Friday Night Lights" (Tuesdays at 7 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Expanding on the themes from the hit feature film Friday Night Lights, this series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the vaunted 2006 state football championship rings are held in the highest regard.  The town's promising high school team, its star quarterback, and newly appointed head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) feel the mounting pressure of the town's pride and honor riding on their shoulders as a new season kicks off.  The fresh cast also includes: Scott Porter as team captain and first-string quarterback Jason Street; Gaius Charles as feared running back Brian "Smash" Williams; Taylor Kitsch as running back Tim Riggins; Connie Britton as Taylor's long-suffering wife, Tami; Zach Gilford as third-string quarterback Matt Saracen, and Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Panther cheerleader and Street's girlfriend.  Also starring are Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor and Adrienne Palicki as Tyra Collette.
Stars: Kyle Chandler ("Grey's Anatomy," King Kong), Connie Brittion (The Brothers McMullen, "24," "Spin City"), Scott Porter ("All My Children"), Gaius Charles ("The Book of Daniel"), Taylor Kitsch (Snakes on a Plane), Zach Gilford (The Last Winter), Minka Kelly ("What I Like About You"), Aimee Teegarden ("Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"), Adrianne Palicki ("South Beach," "Supernatural")
Studio: NBC Universal TV, Imagine TV
Producers: Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights film), Jason Katims ("Boston Public," "Roswell"), Brian Grazer ("24"), David Nevins

"Heroes" (Mondays at 8 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) The epic drama "Heroes" chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.  As a total eclipse casts it shadow across the globe, viewers follow a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy) in India whose father's disappearance leads him to uncover a secret theory...there are people with super powers living among us.  A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia) tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar) that he can fly.  A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere) learns that she is totally indestructible.  A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter), struggling to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey), uncovers that her mirror image has a secret. A prison inmate (Leonard Roberts) mysteriously finds himself waking up outside of his cell.  A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and the relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress), can paint the future.  A down-on-his-luck beat cop (Greg Grunberg) can hear people's thoughts, including the secrets of a captured terrorist.  In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka) develops a way to stop time through sheer will power.  Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world.
Stars: Greg Grunberg ("Alias"), Ali Larter (A Lot Like Love, Final Destination), Milo Ventimiglia ("The Gilmore Girls," "The Bedford Diaries"), Hayden Panettiere (Ice Princess), Adrian Pasdar ("Judging Amy"), Leonard Roberts ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Santiago Cabrera ("Empire"), Tawny Cypress ("Third Watch"), Masi Oka ("Scrubs"), Noah Gray-Cabey ("My Wife & Kids"), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Blind Guy Driving)
Studio: NBC Universal TV
Producers: Tim Kring ("Crossing Jordan"), David Semel ("House," "American Dreams"), Dennis Hammer ("Crossing Jordan")

"Kidnapped" (Wednesdays at 9 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) "Kidnapped" is a high-stakes, serialized thriller in which the teenaged son of a wealthy Upper East Side family is kidnapped and everyone is a suspect.  The series focuses on the elaborate, triangulated game between the kidnappers, law enforcement, FBI, and the private negotiating team of the "perhaps" less-than-picture-perfect family.  The ensemble cast includes Jeremy Sisto ("Six Feet Under"), Delroy Lindo, Emmy winner Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton, Mykelti Williamson, Linus Roache, Carmen Ejogo, Will Denton, and Boris McGiver.
Stars: Jeremy Sisto ("Six Feet Under"), Delroy Lindo (Domino, Crooklyn, The Core), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, "A Nero Wolfe Mystery," Kinsey), Dana Delany ("China Beach," "Presidio Med"), Mykelti Williamson ("Boomtown"), Linus Roache (Batman Begins), Carmen Ejogo ("Lackawanna Blues"), Boris McCiver (The Pink Panther), Will Denton (Palindromes, Kinsey)
Studio: Sony Pictures TV, 25C Productions
Producers: Jason Smilovic ("Karen Sisco," Lucky Number Slevin), Michael Dinner ("Invasion," "Karen Sisco"), David Greenwalt ("Angel"), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly

"Raines" (Sundays at 9 PM; starts in January following the end of the season of "Sunday Night Football")


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Graham Yost, acclaimed director-writer-producer Frank Darabont and star Jeff Goldblum combine creative forces in this inventive police drama, which blends traditional noir storytelling with humor and intrigue.  Eccentric LAPD detective Michael Raines' (Goldblum) unique ability to have detailed conversations with deceased crime victims allows him to re-trace their lives leading up to their murder and helps him to solve their cases.  Unfortunately, it also causes increasing friction with his boss, Captain Daniel Lewis (Matt Craven), fellow officers Remy Boyer (Dov Davidoff) and Sally Lance (Linda Park), as well as civilian employee Carolyn (Nicole Sullivan).  Aided by Charlie (Luis Guzman), his ex-LAPD partner and conscience, Raines struggles to accept his peculiar gift...or burden...as it often forces him at times to confront his own past and internal demons.
Stars: Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Matt Craven ("From the Earth to the Moon," Assault on Precinct 13), Nicole Sullivan ("Mad TV," "Hot Properties"), Luis Guzman ("Luis," Boogie Nights), Dov Davidoff ("Third Watch"), Linda Park ("Star Trek: Enterprise")
Studio: NBC Universal TV
Producers: Graham Yost ("Band of Brothers," "Boomtown"), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (Mondays at 9 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award-winning executive producer-writer Aaron Sorkin and Emmy Award-winning executive producer-director Thomas Schlamme return to television with this crackling take on the drama behind the humor of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."  Sorkin lays bare the backstage politics, romances, and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world.  Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series...even before she starts her first day...and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program.  Also playing crucial roles are the sketch comedy series stars Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson), Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley, "The Hughleys"), and Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry), their normally cool-headed director, Cal Shanley (Timothy Busfield) as well as supreme network honcho Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber.)  Evan Handler, and Carlos Jacott also star.
Stars: Matthew Perry ("Friends"), Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), Amanda Peet (Syriana, Something's Gotta Give), Steven Weber ("Reefer Madness," "Wings"), D.L. Hughley ("The Hughleys," "Weekends at the D.L."), Sarah Paulson ("Deadwood," Down with Love), Nathan Corddry ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), Timothy Busfield ("The West Wing," "thirtysomething"), Evan Handler ("Sex and the City"), Carlos Jacott (Being John Malkovich)
Studio: Warner Bros. TV
Producers: Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "Sports Night"), Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing," "Jack & Bobby")




"20 Good Years" (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) This high-energy comedy follows two New Yorkers who have finally realized that life doesn't last forever.  Mismatched buddies John Mason (Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, "3rd Rock from the Sun"), an impulsive, thrice-divorced surgeon who has been forced into retirement...and Jeffrey Pyne (Jeffrey Tambor, "Arrested Development"), a widower judge who agonizes over every situation...are polar opposites in every way.  The one thing the duo can agree on is that they only have about 20 good years left and both men vow to live each day as if it were their last...with no regrets.  "20 Good Years" also stars Heather Burns (Bewitched) as John's pregnant daughter Stella, and Jake Sandvig (The Story of Us) as Hugh, Jeffrey's un-motivated son.
Stars: John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun"), Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Heather Burns (Bewitched), Jake Sandvig (The Story of Us)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Producers: Marsh McCall ("Just Shoot Me"), Michael Leeson ("The Cosby Show"), Tom Werner ("Roseanne," "The Cosby Show"), Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller (Kicking & Screaming), Mike Clements, Kirk Rudell ("Will & Grace")


"30 Rock" (Wednesdays at 7 PM)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award winner Tina Fey writes, executive-produces, and stars in this workplace comedy that takes viewers behind the scenes of a frenetic television variety show.  Single Liz Lemon (Fey) is living every comedy writer's dream.  She's head writer on a demanding, live TV program in New York City whose life is jolted when a brash new network president (Alec Baldwin) interferes with her show and bullies Liz into convincing Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), a wild and unpredictable movie star, to join the cast.  Now Liz must manage the unmanageable so that the show...and her dream...can go on.  Also starring are Rachel Dratch as Jenne DeCarlo, Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger, and Jack MacBrayer as Kenneth.
Stars: Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live," Mean Girls"), Alec Baldwin (The Aviator, The Cooler), Tracy Morgan ("Saturday Night Live," The Longest Yard), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"), Scott Adsit (Kicking and Screaming), Jack McBrayer ("Arrested Development"), Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal")
Studio: NBC Universal and Broadway Video
Producers: Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live"), JoAnn Alfano, Marci Klein, David Miner, Robert Carlock ("Joey")


Midseason Shows:


"Andy Barker, P.I." (Comedy)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) Andy Richter re-teams with co-writer and executive producer Conan O'Brien in this comedy as he portrays Andy Barker, an earnest, hard-working CPA who has succeeded at everything...that is until his new accounting business fails to take off.  But when he's mistaken for Lew Staziak (Harve Presnell)...the retired private detective who used to occupy his office...Andy embraces the twist of fate and takes the case.  Andy's incessantly supportive wife Jen (Amy Farrington) isn't sold on this risky new venture, that is, until she notices a sudden boost in Andy's self-confidence.  Andy's neighboring merchants...Simon (Tony Hale), Wally (Marshall Manesh), and Jessica (Ion Overman)...join him in the dicey investigation.  Whether chiding thugs for "renting instead of buying" or being pursued by Sri Lankan gangsters, Andy will prove to be a consummate problem-solver.
Stars: Andy Richter ("Andy Richter Controls the Universe"), Harve Presnell (Fargo), Amy Farrington ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development"), Ion Overman ("The L Word," "Love, Inc."), Marshall Manesh ("Will & Grace")
Studio: NBC Universal TV, Conaco
Producers: Conan O'Brien, Jonathan Groff ("Ed"), Jeff Ross, David Kissinger

"The Singles Table" (Comedy)


Premise: (From NBC's press release) In this comedy, a group of witty and single strangers...Ivan (John Cho), Eli (Conor Dubin), Adam (Jarrad Paul), and Stephanie (Rhea Seehorn)...meet at a wedding and suddenly realize they have one thing in common, they are each a party of one stuck at a remote singles table.  Because of their solo status and tenuous relationships with the bride and groom, they are all destined for Table 18, a far corner of the wedding reception.  But through the course of the party, each emotionally vulnerable person questions his or her life's issues and vows to make it better.  For richer or poorer, these five kindred spirits will grow to become good friends...and, in some cases, they may become more than that.
Stars: John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Jarrad Paul (The Shaggy Dog), Rhea Seehorn ("I'm With Her," "Modern Men"), Conor Dubin ("Close to Home")
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Producers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life")


Information gathered from Zap2it.com and other sources

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