NBC announces new lineup for 2008-09 season

For the first time in 30 years, a network has made an early announcement of their fall line-up.

NBC announced its 2008-09 lineup early, which features several new (and old) programs, including a revival of Knight Rider and a spin-off of The Office, which it and the mothership are landing plush slots after the Super Bowl.

The last new show to launch after the Super Bowl was Family Guy in 1999.

The causality list included Bionic Woman (good riddance) and 1 vs. 100 (why, NBC?), while ER is ending after fifteen seasons next spring (thankfully.)

Among the notables items, Heroes returns on Sept. 15 with a three-hour extravaganza. Plus, a half-hour version Saturday Night Live will air in a Thursday night time slot for four weeks, with sketches skewered toward the Presidential election.

There are three sets of schedules: one for autumn 2008 (with only four new shows), one for winter/spring 2009, and one for summer 2009.

NBC changed its development process this year, forgoing expensive pilots and decided not to hold a traditional upfront presentation.

To see the new schedule and to find out what the new shows are, click here.

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