Ausiello gave you
a first glimpse at NBC's new fall-winter-summer (!) schedule, and now here are some other details coming out of the network's earlier-than-usual upfront presentation.
" Super Bowl host NBC this year will air a special episode of The Office after the big game, followed by an episode of the Office spin-off.
" As you may have gleaned from that previous item, the long-rumored (and first reported by TVGuide.com) Office spin-off is a go, and will premiere in the winter.
" SNL Thursday Night Live, a four-week series leading up to the election, airs after The Office (which will, again and alas, present hour-long episodes all September).
" Friday Night Lights will return for a third season in the winter, in the same Fridays-at-9 time slot.
" Knight Rider has landed a Wednesdays-at-8 berth.
Brand-new fare includes:
" My Own Worst Enemy, starring Christian Slater as an unwitting spy (Mondays at 10 pm, leading out of Heroes).
" Crusoe, based on the Daniel Defoe novel and pegged as "equal parts MacGyver, Castaway and Pirates of the Caribbean" (Friday, 8 pm).
" Kath & Kim, based on an Aussie hit and starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair (Tuesday, 9 pm).
" Kings, starring Ian McShane ( Deadwood) and Christopher Egan and billed as "an inspiring exploration of the David vs. Goliath struggle... set in a modern metropolis under siege" (winter).
" Merlin, a limited winter series starring Colin Morgan ( Doctor Who) and Bradley James as the titular sorcerer and Arthur, respectively.