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NBC introduces new programming schedule for its 2006-07

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MUMBAI: With the end of television hits such as Friends and Frasier, NBC is attempting to regain its top ratings by introducing its new primetime lineup with six new dramas and four new comedies for its 2006-2007 Fall schedule, as announced by NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly.

"The face of NBC is changing," said Reilly. "We took the first step this season with Thursday hits My Name Is Earl and The Office. Next season we'll add momentum and excitement with the addition of Sunday Night Football and establish a foundation of quality across the week by standing behind shows that each say something about who we are."

The season includes two previously announced new dramas Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to be telecast on Thursdays 9-10 pm ET, with an all-star cast that includes Matthew Perry , Amanda Peet and Bradley Whitfordand and Emmy Award-winning executive producer-writer Aaron Sorkin. It attempts to capture the drama behind the humour of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show.

Also to be aired is Kidnapped, a serialized thriller about the kidnapping of a teenaged boy, starring Jeremy Sisto and Delroy Lindo, every Tuesday at 9 pm ET.

In addition, the new drama Friday Night Lights will be telecast every Tuesday at 8 pm ET, stars Kyle Chandler and is inspired by the hit feature film that revovles around the high expectations set by a small town in Texas for their football team .

Another new entry is Heroes to be telecast on Mondays at 9 pm ET, an epic drama centering on the radically changed lives of ordinary people who realise they possess extraordinary powers.

Two new comedies to be telecast include 20 Good Years every Wednesday at 9 pm ET. It is a high-energy comedy starring Emmy winner John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor and follows two New Yorkers who finally realize that life doesn't last forever. This will be followed by 30 Rock at 9:30 pm ET. 30 Rock stars Emmy winner Tina Fey as the head writer of a frenetic late-night television variety show. Also starring are Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.

NBC has been known to introduce new series throughout the entire season. In keeping with this, ER premieres its 13th season in December followed by the new drama The Black Donnellys from Oscar winners Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco Crash, which will debut in January on Thursdays at 10 pm ET and will continue with consecutive original episodes, until it completes its first season.
Sunday Night Football will air every weekend from 8 to 11 pm, which will be preceded by the pre-game show Football Night in America.

In January 2007, NBC will introduce a new Sunday night line up featuring Simon Cowell's new talent search America’s Got Talent hosted by Regis Philbin at 8 pm, leading into a new season of The Apprentice at 9 p.m., this time Donald Trump targeting candidates in L A . Followed at 10pm by the new drama Raines that has Emmy-winning writer-producer Graham Yost and director-writer-producer Frank Darabont and actor Jeff Goldblum as an eccentric police detective.
As yet unscheduled midseasons include The Singles Table and Andy Barker, P.I.

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