Nets tweak fall lineups

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NBC is moving the premieres of two of its new comedies back to Sept. 9 -- well
before the official start of the fall season Monday, Sept. 22 -- while ABC will
launch its biggest hit from last season, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My
Teenage Daughter
, with a one-hour premiere Tuesday, Sept. 23.

That bumps the series launch of new sitcom I’m with Her to Tuesday,
Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m., following 8 Simple Rules in its regular time
period.

NBC will launch Whoopi and Happy Family Tuesday, Sept. 9, at
8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively, to try and get some early traction for the
new shows.

In the past several years, NBC has had trouble getting any shows to stick in
the Tuesday 8 p.m.-9 p.m. time slot.

NBC will launch its new season Monday, Sept. 22, with a two-hour premiere
of Fear Factor shot in Las Vegas, leading into new drama Las
Vegas
, starring James Caan and Josh Duhamel.

The rest of NBC’s lineup will premiere as scheduled, with three shows
launching after the traditional premiere week: Third Watch’s first
episode will air Monday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m.; Good Morning, Miami, in a
new time period, will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m.; and
Scrubs will return for its third season Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Last week, Fox said it was moving up the premieres of its new Friday shows to
Sept. 19 from Sept. 26.

CBS hasn’t made any recent changes to its fall-premiere plans.

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