NBC released its summer schedule today and surprise! It’s mostly unscripted [reality] shows! The lone scripted programming will be new episodes of the re-tooled Law & Order: Los Angeles. Re-purposed shows are: the final season of Friday Night Lights – fresh from its final season run on DirecTV, and the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent – fresh from its run on USA Network. The news unscripted shows are: It’s Worth What? And Love In The Wild. Returning shows include The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Sounds pretty weak to me. Details follow the jump.
The dramatics that followed the much heralded arrival – and ignominious departure of The Jay Leno show put NBC in a delicate situation. Besides having a host of underperforming regular series to either cancel or shore up, they also had an extra five hours of primetime to fill. So, over a very busy pulot season the network has hunkered down and gotten to work, axing Law & Order and replacing it with Law & Order: Los Angeles and adding five more new series to join Perfect Couples, The Event, Outsourced, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase and J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers.
The new series are: LOLA [catchier that L&O:SVU, right?], superhero drama, The Cape; legal oddity, Outlaw [a Supreme Court Justice returns to private practice]; the odd couple legal series, Harry’s Law, and half-hour comedy, Friends with Benefits. Details of the new shows follow the jump.