NBC denied a published report Thursday that it was intentionally leaking
several different and incorrect versions of its 2002-2003 prime time lineup in
an effort to keep the press from reporting the new schedule before Monday's
"That is absolutely untrue," a spokeswoman for the network said. While the
network is considering numerous scenarios, at no point has there been a plan to
leak any bogus schedules to throw the press off the track, she added.
Unlike last year, however, when the network had its new schedule in place the
week before its upfront announcement, NBC executives aren't expected to finalize
the new lineup until Sunday, May 12 -- one day before its upfront presentation at
Radio City Music Hall in New York.