NBC's Midseason Plan Turns on Lights, Rests Heroes and Kicks Off New Dance
Friday Night Lights hits NBC sooner rather than later (Jan. 16, to be exact).
NBC's midseason slate will bring viewers a largely revamped January, sidelining a handful of shows to make room for some new programming. Also on tap is a pair of Saturday Night Live specials.
The splashiest newcomer is So You Think You Can Dance boss Nigel Lythgoe's Superstars of the Dance — fancied as an internationally flavored "Olympic dance-off" and hosted by Michael Flatley — which premieres Sunday, Jan. 9, before moving to Mondays. There, it will air for several weeks from 8 to 10 pm/ET, bumping both Chuck and Heroes (but only until February arrives).
Superstars leads into Momma's Boys, a new unscripted series from Ryan Seacrest.
Tuesdays has The Biggest Loser: Couples setting up SVU — nothing new there. On Wednesdays (starting Jan. 7), Knight Rider will remain at 8, while SVU repeats will spell Life until February. Law & Order comes on at 10.
Thursdays? Same old, same old.
Fridays kick off with Howie Do It, a new hidden-camera show hosted by Mr. Mandel (premiering Jan. 9), then continue with the arrival of Friday Night Lights' third season (broadcast-premiering Jan. 16).
Specials on tap for the Peacock include Saturday Night Live's Sports Extra (airing Jan. 4), Saturday Night Live's Film Festival (Jan. 18), a Dateline inauguration event (Jan. 20), and the miniseries The Last Templar (airing Jan. 25 and 26).