Wunderdouche Ben Silverman unveiled NBC's ambitious 65-week schedule to advertisers today in New York, covering this summer and all of next year with wall-to-wall Steve McPherson ass-kicking action. Included in the programming onslaught: a dreaded Office spin-off and four weeks of primetime Saturday Night Live, Variety reports.
The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-ization of The Office will begin with hourlong episodes of the U.S. original in September, followed by a very special post-Super Bowl airing and the premiere of the spin-off. The show will be joined in the fall by the currently titled SNL Thursday Night Live, which plans to steal some of that Daily Show Indecision '08 glow with four politically themed half-hour segments.
Four new series will debut in the fall: Christian Slater drama My Own Worst Enemy, comedy Kath & Kim, Knight Rider and Crusoe. Other new entries include dramas Merlin, The Philanthropist and Kings. Friday Night Lights will return in the winter (Tim Riggins, swoon), along with Life. And thank Marissa Cooper, Josh Schwartz will star competitive with sudden super-producer Rob Thomas with more Chuck.
- Full NBC schedule takes shape [Variety]