NBC “Infront” 2009/2010 Primetime Sked UPDATE: NBC Cancels 'Life', Renews 'SVU' & 'Medium', Horsetrades 'Chuck' & 'Earl'

3RD UPDATE: I’ve learned why announcements regarding the renewal fates of Chuck and My Name Is Earl have been delayed. And it involves more horsetrading than the Triple Crown. My sources tell me that NBC lowballed the Earl license fee, and the show’s owner, Twentieth Century Fox, came back with a proposal which NBC has been sitting on for a few days. As for Chuck, this gets complicated. Turns out NBC didn’t like David E Kelley’s Warner Bros pilot Legally Mad. Problem is, there’s a $2 million penalty that gets paid to WB if the network doesn’t pick up the show. So NBC is hoping to work a deal tying the renewal of Chuck, which is also a WB show, to a pass on paying that Legally Mad penalty.

2ND UPDATE: I’m told that Medium has been picked up for 13 episodes. So why wasn’t that announced today? Because star Patricia Arquette has a guarantee of 22 episodes, so NBC has to negotiate that down.

UPDATE: Meeting with reporters, Ben Silverman said that “NBC is engaging our advertisers with discussions of shows on the bubble” when asked about the fates of Chuck, Medium and Law & Order. But NBC has privately told agents that those shows are being renewed. And Marc Graboff hinted at that when he told  journalist that Medium “was not officially picked up” yet. Sothis seems to be a question of semantics: what’s “official” and what’s “unofficial”. NBC confirmed today that Life is not coming back. But the network confirmed that Law & Order: SVU will be back, and Graboff said NBC is hoping the show’s twostars also will be back and that there’s an “offer on the table” for them. But Graboff made clear that, even if they don’t come back, the show will. The Biggest Loser will air Tuesdays either as a one-hour or two-hour show, NBC confirmed. And the network told journalists that its research shows that audiences will watch Jay Leno “2 to 3 times a week” so NBC is preparing to make the show for a “unique audience” every night. the new comedy pilot Community was well received at the infront. And NBC confirmed that the new drama pilot Day One will be shown as an “event” after the Winter Olympics.

NBC over the weekend invited Amy Poehler to appear at the Infront, since the broadcaster is picking up Parks & Recreation despite low ratings. She came onstage wearing a surgical mask and elbow bumped the network brass instead of shaking hands. Donald Trump was sitting in the audience when Ben Silverman brought him onstage. Trump made an ass of himself when he pretended this was a big surprise — until everyone else realized he was already miked.

9 AM: Ben Silverman is sporting a scraggly mustache and beard as NBC presents  its “Infront” inside Studio 8H. That’s as inexplicable as the network privately telling insiders that Chuck, Medium and Law & Order are picked up — yet not announcing it today. Oh well. Here’s the first look at NBC’s schedule. Actually, the network’s development was considered better than expected this year, especially in comedy. More announcements by the network will be coming…


New Series Include Four Dramas: “Trauma,” “Parenthood,” “Mercy” and the Event Series “Day One” as Well as Two Comedies: “Community” and “100 Questions”

Returning Series Pickups Include “Heroes,” “Southland,” “Parks and Recreation” and Six New Episodes of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday”

NEW YORK CITY – May 4, 2009 – NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas including “Trauma,” “Parenthood,” “Mercy” and the event series “Day One,” as well as two new comedies including “Community” and “100 Questions.” Four returning series pickups were also announced today including “Heroes,” “Southland,” “Parks and Recreation” and the addition of six new episodes of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” skewering today’s top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series “Day One” is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

“The Jay Leno Show” will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. ET beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Friday Night Lights,” and new alternative series “The Marriage Ref,” “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Additional series pickups will be announced May 19, when NBC announces its 2009-2010 schedule.

NBC unveiled pickups for the upcoming broadcast season in the first of a series of presentations today and tomorrow to key advertisers from Studio 8H—the home of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”—at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Presentations will continue in Chicago on May 7 and Los Angeles on May 12.

“We are thrilled to be announcing such an awesome slate of new series that build on our existing quality brand and deliver emotional, human stories,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “NBC will strive to make viewers feel and our shows represent the full range of human emotion from laughter to tears. We can’t wait to share these concepts with our audience and our advertising partners.”

“These new series will showcase fresh talent and bold, original concepts that are extremely well executed,” said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. “We are grateful to the producers, casts and crews — and our team — who have delivered incredibly compelling and entertaining new series.”

In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of advertisers, NBC has created a more innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront with a series of one-on-one client presentations, which began today in New York City. These presentations are interactive and, unlike other networks’ Upfront presentations, will include a Q & A with advertisers and NBC sales and entertainment executives.

NBC will also host advertisers and affiliates at a “Night of Comedy” featuring appearances by some of its biggest comedy stars including Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Rainn Wilson and Tracy Morgan on Tuesday, May 19 in New York City.

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