NBC Announces 2009-2010 Primetime Schedule

NBC's official press release went out today revealing their 2009 - 2010 fall schedule. It may not be happy news, but it is finally the official news for all the fans, cast and crew of Knight Rider who were still holding out hope.

We at Knight Rider Online along with many other fan websites and individuals out there have been campaigning to save the show. But we should not give up. Canceled shows have seen another day in syndication many times before. Nor should we completely stop the idea of fan campaigns.

As it turns out for Chuck, campaigns can be very effective. Only a few weeks ago at NBC's infronts, where they give a sneak peek of their schedules to potential sponsors, Chuck was a show that was nerve-rackingly left off along with Knight Rider. As Variety reveals, a Twitter campaign along with the support from Subway Sandwich Shop convinced the network to rethink their decision about the show. Part of this apparent deal is to incorporate a character who works at the sandwich shop into the show.

Knight Rider has only just started to show in other markets over seas. It is up to us if we want to take this as a call to action or a sign of defeat.

Here is the official press release:

Shared Time Period Strategy Around NBC’s Broadcast of 2010 Winter Olympics Along with Jay Leno at 10 p.m. Enables Network to Broadcast Original Programming Year-Round

Network Renews Returning Series "Law & Order" and "Chuck"


NEW YORK -- May 19, 2009 – NBC announced today its 2009-2010 schedule featuring more original programming than ever before and a shared time-period strategy around NBC’s Olympics platform that, along with "The Jay Leno Show" (Mondays-Fridays 10-11 p.m. ET), allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

In addition, NBC issued renewals to "Law & Order" and "Chuck" (see accompanying release) as part of its strong slate of new and returning shows announced recently at the network’s highly successful Infront.

"NBC has picked up more scripted shows than last season even with 'The Jay Leno Show' at 10 p.m.," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "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," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, 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."

NBC’s shared time period strategy will kick off this fall on Mondays with the premiere of "Heroes" (8-9 p.m. ET) continuing with all originals before "Chuck" assumes the time period after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which will be a powerful launching platform with its broad, female appeal and strong ratings as the most-watched event of the year. Using "NBC Sunday Night Football's" potent promotional platform, the new high-octane drama "Trauma" will debut Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) with the epic event series "Day One" taking over the time period following the Olympics.

NBC’s successful "The Biggest Loser" series continues Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.) and will help launch the new Wednesday lineup this fall, with the new family drama "Parenthood" debuting (8-9 p.m. ET) and the new hospital drama "Mercy" assuming the time period post-Olympics. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will air 9-10 p.m. ET following ‘Parenthood.’

NBC’s Thursday marquee comedy night will begin with the only live comedy between 8-10 p.m. on any network, "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" (8-8:30 p.m. ET), followed by "Parks and Recreation" (8:30-9 p.m. ET), "The Office" (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and the new comedy "Community" (9:30-10 p.m. ET). After "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" completes its multi-week run, "Community" will move to 8 p.m. and "30 Rock" will debut at 9:30 p.m., enabling NBC to feature more original comedy than ever before.

On Fridays in the fall, the enduring drama "Law & Order" will return for its record 20th season (tying "Gunsmoke" as the longest running drama series in primetime) and will lead off at 8-9 p.m. (ET) while "Southland" follows at 9-10 p.m. (ET), building a great crime block.

Saturdays will be a showcase for "Dateline NBC" (8-9 p.m. ET) and encore episodes of "Trauma" (9-10 p.m. ET) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 p.m. ET).

"Football Night in America" (7-8:20 p.m. ET) and "NBC Sunday Night Football" (8:20-11 p.m. ET) – the number one show of the fall -- will return on Sundays in the fall with a fan-pleasing schedule of games to round out the fall season.

Utilizing the compatible demographics provided by the Olympics, NBC will launch the premieres of "The Marriage Ref" from executive producers Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten ("Oprah") on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) and the third season premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice" on Sundays with two-hour editions (9-11 p.m. ET). In addition, the new comedy "100 Questions" will debut on Tuesdays (9:30-10 p.m. ET) following a 90-minute edition of "The Biggest Loser" (8-9:30 p.m. ET).

And coming in the summer, NBC will telecast all original episodes of “The Jay Leno Show,” "Friday Night Lights," "America's Got Talent," "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins," "Dateline NBC," with additional programs to be announced later.

To catch up on season finales, watch new "Heroes" and "The Office" web series, and more, please log onto NBC.com.


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)

  • Mark

    I know this is old but this has only just been shown here in Oz.
    Last ep was last week and I was so into it. I feel so ripped off.
    I really liked all the characters in the show. 
    So disappointing.

  • Holmen38

    Bring back kitt

  • xcalibur

    just bring it back there are a lot of people that really watched this

  • Bill Federer

    Bring back Knight Rider!!!

  • luke2333

    NBC.. Even though it probably cost alot of money to do the show but some other show's are really boring, Think about!! Crime tv (law and order) is really boring and depressing and out of date, i think you want viewers between 16yr to 37yr old.... We want to see something exciting and keeps us guessing of whats next!! Really think about, a mustang GT that everybody loves and changes into a sleek F150 or any FORD is really fun to watch. We are tired of seeing shows that involve death and crime,,,,please something good to watch and exciting..... Please email me back of a response and thank for you allowing us tv viewers to add our comments

  • knightridersbiggestfan

    Bring it back. it was the best show ever I spent like 68 dallors on the piolt episode just so I could see all the episodes!

  • Frankie

    YES I LOVE NIGHT RIDER THEY SHOULD PUT THAT SHOW BACK ON BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER. THAT WAS THE BEST THING ON NBC

  • chalkyw123

    they should close down nbc as the only thing that was worth watching was knight rider and the cut that short .why dont they cunt them short

  • pstorey

    They need to bring knight rider back and cancel some of those other shows

  • Name

    thank god i got cable so i dont have to put up with bad tv shows! bring back knight rider best show on nbc!

  • Name

    Please bring back Knight Rider. My son loves watching the "cool car" as we
    call it in my house.

  • Michael Hahn

    Please bring Knight Rider Back !

    Who watches SNL WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY?

  • bewildered

    ...I think Knight Rider should take the place of "The Office"... That's a real winner of a show. Besides, how could anyone get a good chance to watch Knight Rider last season, when all NBC did was jerk it around and swap a lame show in. Rosie and her stupid variety show? COME ON... Heroes is ok I guess. I quit watching after the first season. Things got too complicated and complex. I missed one show, and could never get filled back in on the plot. LAME. NBC is just lame.

  • Russ

    I wonder if SYFY or USA or some other "smaller" network would pick up KR?

  • Russ

    NBC said good-bye to Knight Rider, now I say good-bye to NBC!!!!!!!

  • Jay

    NBC is a worthless piece of shit because there is a lot of new and old fans of the old Knight Rider that would like to see Knight Rider continues. Well I guess they don't care and I won't be watching NBC very much. They should have put the older Micheal Knight working with the young Micheal Knight Jr maybe that will improve the shows rating. Anyway NBC sucks for cancelling the show and not giving its a chance.

  • richard

    I WILL NEVER WATCH NBC AGAIN YOU CANCELED KNIGHT RIDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • michael

    man fuck NBC they are worthless! i dont even watch there news its shit.. Knight Rider should try to give it a go with Fox, ABC, or CBS... only time i watch NBC is if its Sunday Night football the rest of there worthless shows suck.. Biggest loser? its just a bunch of fat asses doin stupid shit.. its not even worth watching... who ever from NBC decided to cancel knight rider should be shot in the head!

  • Tugamen

    It's official and NBC canceled Knight Rider.

    Why you don't say that?

    Be realistic.

    I'm sad to but the true must be said.

  • Shawn

    celebrity apprentice needs to die, as well as heroes. Knight rider is amazing and should not have been on the chopping block, but people were too critical and didn't give it much chance; and because of that the network didn't either.

  • Niel

    Well I officially have no reason to watch NBC anymore.

  • These is the baddest day ever.You need to bring Knight Rider back only show I watch.

  • Renan Rinaldi

    This is a sad day!

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