<p>&quot;The Finder&quot;&nbsp;will fill in for &quot;Bones&quot;&nbsp;midway through the season.</p>

"The Finder" will fill in for "Bones" midway through the season.

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FOX's 2011-12 schedule: Banking on 'Terra Nova,' 'X Factor' and returning hits

A logical schedule left no room for this season's marginal performers

FOX has been the top-rated network on TV for seven seasons now, and will likely remain so until "American Idol" falls completely off a cliff. There are seasons where the network takes advantage of its inevitable top-dog status to take big risks, and then there are seasons where FOX execs play things conservatively.

The 2011-12 schedule the network announced Monday morning looks at first glance to be one of the conservative ones, with few of the huge mid-season changes that usually appear at upfront time (and are usually changed six or seven more times before mid-season actually starts). Simon Cowell's new singing competition "The X Factor" takes over the exact real estate that "Idol" holds in the spring, which means the FOX fall schedule looks very similar to the FOX spring schedule. There are at least seven new shows debuting at some point during the season, but most are in protected timeslots and designed to maintain a conssitent scheduling flow.

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<p>Holder (Joel Kinnaman)&nbsp;gives a speech on &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Holder (Joel Kinnaman) gives a speech on "The Killing."

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'The Killing' - 'Stonewalled': All apologies

Linden learns Holder's secret, and Richmond decides to fight dirty

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I bone up on my Cicero...

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<p>Lucia Micarelli on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Lucia Micarelli on "Treme."

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'Treme' - 'Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?': Here's Sazerac in your eye

Christmas doesn't bring much joy to the people of New Orleans

A review of tonight's "Treme" - and, in case you missed the news, we're getting a third season - coming up just as soon as this is my slow jam...

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<p>Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)&nbsp;is introduced to his new quarters on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is introduced to his new quarters on "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'The Wolf and the Lion': It's bad to be the king

More pretenders to the throne arise, but does anybody really want the job?

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I find the breastplate-stretcher...

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<p>BFFs Morgan (Josh Gomez)&nbsp;and Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;will get one final season in the fall.</p>

BFFs Morgan (Josh Gomez) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) will get one final season in the fall.

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Interview: 'Chuck' co-creator Chris Fedak on the final season renewal

Promises season 4 finale will offer 'everything and the kitchen sink'

I watched tomorrow night's "Chuck" season finale yesterday, after news of the show's fifth season renewal came in. And without spoiling anything about what happens, the end credits rolled and I said to myself, "Thank God NBC renewed it, because I cannot wait to see what they do after this one."

Chris Fedak, the show's co-creator, was feeling a similar excitement for the possibilities of a fifth season as he worked on the finale, even though he believed the odds were, at best, 50-50 for renewal due to the show's recent ratings dip.

I spoke with Fedak a few minutes ago, for an interview I'm going to present in two parts over two days. After the jump is Chris' reaction to the renewal, the knowledge that next season will be the final one for "Chuck," and the challenges that have come the last two seasons as NBC has ordered more episodes partway through the year. Tomorrow night, after the finale, I'm going to post both my review of the episode and Fedak's explanation for some of the things that happen in it.

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<p>The &quot;Prime Suspect&quot;&nbsp;remake with Maria Bello will air Thursdays at 10 on NBC's new schedule.</p>

The "Prime Suspect" remake with Maria Bello will air Thursdays at 10 on NBC's new schedule.

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NBC's 2011-12 schedule: Pragmatism, Donald Trump and more

New boss Bob Greenblatt can't fix every hole in one upfront season

Announcing NBC's schedule for the 2011-12 TV season, new network entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt tried to establish himself as a realist.

He acknowledged that getting the network out of the enormous hole it's in wouldn't happen overnight, and that therefore, "If we could do one or two things successfully, I would be thrilled." He acknowledged that "Chuck" is back for a final 13-episode season because he wanted to establish a scripted presence on Fridays but couldn't devote a lot of resources to it. He presented contingency plans for if the NFL is still locked out in the fall (though he believes they'll at most miss a few weeks) and if Donald Trump decides to run for president (though he'd much rather have him stay on "Celebrity Apprentice").

Of course, Greenblatt's predecessor Jeff Gaspin also presented himself as a realist, and he no longer has that job nor is NBC any closer to fixing the mistakes made by Jeff Zucker, Ben Silverman, et al. Pragmatism is nice - and no doubt necessary in this gig - but some hits would help.

Fienberg has the complete NBC schedule, and after the jump, I have night-by-night analysis of the schedule, along with some highlights of the conference call that Greenblatt just completed with reporters.

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<p>It feels like FOX ordered &quot;Terra Nova&quot;&nbsp;in the time of the dinosaurs, but it'll finally, maybe, get a timeslot tomorrow during the network's upfront presentation.</p>

It feels like FOX ordered "Terra Nova" in the time of the dinosaurs, but it'll finally, maybe, get a timeslot tomorrow during the network's upfront presentation.

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Upfront Week is here... again

Buckle up for a lot of talk of scheduling and pilot presentations

As I brace myself for the start of the network upfront presentations, I can't help but think of Bill Murray delivering the line, "Well, it's Groundhog Day... again" on Phil Connors' second journey through the endless marathon that is "Groundhog Day." A few minor details may change from upfront season to upfront season, but it feels like the major details repeat themselves over and over: everyone had the best development season ever, CBS execs will be asked how many crime procedurals are too many, ABC will have the exact same scheduling holes to fill, etc., etc., etc.

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<p>Suranne Jones and Matt Smith in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Suranne Jones and Matt Smith in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'The Doctor's Wife': Neil Gaiman brings good things to life

The 'Sandman' scribe pens a memorable tribute to the Doctor's longest-serving companion

A review of tonight's Neil Gaiman-scripted "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as I read the instructions...

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<p>Coach (Kyle Chandler)&nbsp;and Vince (Michael B. Jordan)&nbsp;discuss his college options on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Coach (Kyle Chandler) and Vince (Michael B. Jordan) discuss his college options on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Kingdom': Road trip

An away game brings the team closer together in season five's best episode so far

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

A review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as I grill meat in my office...

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has ordered a third season of &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

HBO has ordered a third season of "Treme."

Credit: HBO

HBO renews 'Treme' for season 3

Drama about jazz musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans continues its improbable run

In the first season of "Treme," David Simon only had to wait until the Tuesday after the series' premiere before knowing he and Eric Overmyer would get to produce a second season of the drama about post-Katrina New Orleans.

In the second season, Simon, Overmyer and company had to wait a few extra weeks for the good news, but the result is the same. As first reported by Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, HBO executives called Simon today to tell him they're ordering a third season of "Treme."

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