May 19, 2009

NBC renews ‘Chuck,’ ‘L&O’

Chuck and Law & Order are on NBC's 2009-2010 programming schedule, the network announced in New York Tuesday.

The season will be the 20th for L&O.

NBC also said it plans to feature more original programming than ever and unveiled a shared time-period strategy around NBC's Olympics platform that, along with new prime time chat series The Jay Leno Show, allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with 'The Jay Leno Show' at 10 p.m., Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, said in a statement. We're incredibly excited about our new and returning series and have more comedy programming than anyone else, as well as two of the most buzzed about new shows, 'Community' and 'Parenthood.' We can't wait for the fall.

We are extremely proud to introduce these strong new series to NBC's schedule next season in strategic timeslots that position them for success, added Angela Bromstad, president of prime time entertainment at NBC and Universal Media Studios. They join some of the highest quality returning shows on television, which will serve as a strong foundation to the new schedule. I think viewers are going to be happy to see this lineup of great new shows that will truly fit the NBC legacy of quality, culturally defining shows.

Among the new series are Trauma, Mercy, SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Day One, 100 Questions and The Marriage Ref.

Returning to the lineup are Heroes, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Southland, Dateline NBC, Football Night in America, NBC Sunday Night Football and The Celebrity Apprentice.

Missing from next season's schedule are My Name is Earl and Medium.