Monday, May 16, 2005

''The Office'' survives!

NBC has released its schedule for Fall 2005 and the best news on it is that ''The Office'' will be back for another season.
The show didn't catch on with viewers, but it was a wonderful adaptation of the British series of the same name, and I'm looking forward to a second season.
More good news: ''Fear Factor'' has been bumped from the fall lineup to ''some point next season.''
Not so good news, at least if you're a ''Scrubs'' fan: It, too, will air ''at some point next season.''
Those of you who planned Wednesday nights around ''The West Wing'' are either going to have to change your plans or record and save episodes; it's moving to Sundays at 8 p.m.
Yes, that's the old ''American Dreams'' time slot. As feared, it's not on NBC's lineup for the fall.
Neither is ''Law & Order: Trial by Jury,'' a rare flop for the ''L&0'' franchise.
The network is making changes on six of seven nights, not surprising when you consider that its ratings fell into a crater this year.
Here's a quick rundown of NBC's fall plans:
MONDAY
8 p.m. -- ''Fathom'' (drama about people trying to figure out a new form of sea life appearing all over the earth)
9 p.m. - ''Las Vegas''
10 p.m. -- ''Medium''
TUESDAY
8 -- ''The Biggest Loser''
9 -- ''My Name Is Earl'' (comedy about a small-time crook who decides to right all his life's wrongs after hitting the lottery)
9:30 -- ''The Office''
10 -- ''Law & Order: Special Victims Unit''
WEDNESDAY
8 -- ''The Apprentice: Martha Stewart'' (the previously announced companion to the Donald Trump series)
9 -- ''E-Ring'' (Drama about Pentagon efforts to protect America, with Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper)
10 -- ''Law & Order''
THURSDAY
8 -- ''Joey''
8:30 -- ''Will & Grace''
9 -- ''The Apprentice''
10 -- ''ER''
FRIDAY
8 -- ''Three Wishes'' (reality show where experts help grant the wishes of folks in a small town; hosted by Amy Grant)
9 -- ''Dateline NBC''
10 -- ''Inconceivable'' (ensemble drama about doctors in a fertility clinic)
SATURDAY
8 -- Movie
SUNDAY
7 -- ''Dateline NBC''
8 -- ''The West Wing''
9 -- ''Law & Order: Criminal Intent''
10 -- ''Crossing Jordan''

This is the first in a series of announcements this week by the major networks of their fall lineups.

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