Kicking off this year's upfront presentations, NBC announced its new schedule
Monday morning, with three new comedies and three new dramas featuring stars
such as James Caan, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Lowe, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan O'Neal,
John Larroquette and Christine Baranski.
Coupling, adapted from the British Broadcasting Corp. hit, will air in
the coveted Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot after Will & Grace.
Whoopi, featuring Goldberg, will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m., a slot NBC
Entertainment president Jeff Zucker has called the network's highest
Happy Family, starring Larroquette and Baranski, will follow
Whoopi at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
The three dramas are Las Vegas, starring Caan; Miss Match,
starring Silverstone and O'Neal; and Lyon's Den, starring former
WestWinger Rob Lowe. Vegas will air Mondays at 9 p.m.,
Miss Match Fridays at 8 p.m. and Lyon's Den Sundays at 10 p.m.
NBC will also shift around four shows, moving Good Morning, Miami to
Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. from Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.; Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. from Fridays at 10 p.m.; Boomtown
to Fridays at 10 p.m. from Sundays at 10 p.m.; and Third Watch up one
hour, to Mondays at 10 p.m.
Crossing Jordan, which normally airs in the Monday 10 p.m. slot, will
return in January. Star Jill Hennessy is pregnant, and putting the show on
hiatus gives her time to have her child.
Later this fall, NBC plans The Tracy Morgan Show, starring Morgan of
Saturday Night Live.
The network also plans to air reality producer Mark Burnett's The
Apprentice, featuring New York tycoon Donald Trump, next