Boasting at its surprisingly deep roster of scripted shows, NBC unveiled a two-teir schedule on Tuesday (May 19) in what absolutely, positively wasn't an upfront presentation.

As expected, NBC's schedule is built around the 10 p.m. primetime stripping of "The Jay Leno Show," which will air Mondays through Fridays in a movie most observers feared would be the death of scripted programming on the network, or at least the death of a third of NBC's scripted programming.

Not true, raves NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios Co-Chairman Ben Silverman, who renewed "Chuck" and "Law & Order" earlier in the day.

"NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with 'The Jay Leno Show' at 10 p.m.," Silverman insists. "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."

The network announced the majority of its pick-ups earlier this month at a supposedly unorthodox "infront" presentation to advertisers, but Tuesday's release was the first time anybody saw how all of the pieces would fit together. 

The answer, it turns out, is a shared time period strategy meant to limit the network's reliance on repeats, while also making maximum usage of the reduced number of original scripted minutes.

Monday nights, for example, will "Heroes" and the first-year medical drama "Trauma" in the fall, but then "Chuck" and the series event "Day One" in the spring after the Winter Olympics, which run from February 12-28, 2010.

In the fall, Tuesdays will be a two-hour "Biggest Loser," but the reality show will drop to only 90 minutes in the spring to help launch the half-hour comedy "100 Questions."

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will take the 9 p.m. hour on Wednesday all-year, but it will have two different first-year dramedies as its lead-ins, "Parenthood" in the fall and "Mercy," another medical drama, in the spring.

Thursdays are a wee bit more complicated, though "Parks and Recreation" and  "The Office" will consistently remain in the 8:30 and 9:00 slots of the two-hour comedy block. At the start of the fall, NBC will air a number of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" half-hour specials in the 8 p.m. half-hour, while the new comedy "Community" will feed off the "Office" audience, airing at 9:30. When the "Weekend Updates" run their course, "Community" will go to 8:30, with "30 Rock" coming back to 9:30. That revised audience will then remain stable for the spring.

Keeping things simple on Fridays, NBC will air the "Law & Order" mothership, renewed for a record 20th season, at 8 p.m. and "Southland," drooping on Thursday nights, at 9 p.m. 

For the fall, NBC has Sunday Night Football occupying primetime. The spring will see "Dateline NBC," the Jerry Seinfeld-produced "The Marriage Ref" and two hours of "Celebrity Apprentice."

"Friday Night Lights," renewed for two additional seasons, will be held til the summer of 2010.

"Medium" and "My Name Is Earl" were not renewed by NBC and have been allowed to seek alternative homes.

 

The NBC schedule:

NBC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Heroes"
9-10 p.m.-"TRAUMA"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser" (two-hour edition)
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. - "PARENTHOOD"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. - "SNL WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY" (multi-episode run)
8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9- 9:30 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. - "COMMUNITY" (moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. after multi-episode run "30 Rock" returns)
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"
FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. - "Southland"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
9-10 p.m. - "TRAUMA" (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7- 8:20 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8:20-11 p.m. "NBC Sunday Night Football"


NBC MID-SEASON 2010 SCHEDULE
(2010 WINTER OLYMPICS preempt regularly scheduled programming from February 12-28, 2010)
*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Chuck" (season premiere)
9-10 p.m.-"DAY ONE"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

TUESDAY
8-9:30 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser" (90-minute edition)
9:30-10 p.m. - "100 QUESTIONS"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. - "MERCY"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. - "COMMUNITY"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9- 9:30 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. - "30 Rock"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. - "Southland"
10-11 p.m. - "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
9-10 p.m. - "Southland" (encore broadcast)
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcast)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. - THE MARRIAGE REF
9-11 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice" (season premiere; two-hour edition)