NBC sets fall schedule dates

'Jay Leno Show' bows Sept. 14

NBC will launch the bulk of its fall schedule during the weeks of Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, the latter marking the official premiere week.

A day after the Sept. 13 kickoff of "Sunday Night Football," the network will roll out its most prominent new program, weeknight "The Jay Leno Show."

Also debuting that week are the new season of "The Biggest Loser" (Sept. 15) and NBC's Thursday lineup on Sept. 17.

As previously announced, the network's Thursday schedule will launch with "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" at 8 p.m. and the new comedy "Community" at 9:30 p.m. following "The Office."

Following "Update's" limited primetime run, "Community" will move to its regular 8 p.m. slot Oct. 8, with "30 Rock" returning for a fourth season in the 9:30 p.m. berth the following week.

The rest of NBC's series will bow during premiere week, led by "Heroes," which will start its fourth season with a Sept. 21 two-hour opener.

Following is NBC's Fall 2009-10 premiere schedule (uppercase indicates new shows):

Sunday, September 13
7-8:15 pm. – "Football Night in America"
8:15-11 pm – "NBC Sunday Night Football"

Monday, September 14
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW" (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, September 15
8-10 pm – "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

Thursday, September 17
8-8:30 pm - "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday"
8:30-9 pm - "Parks and Recreation"
9-9:30 pm – "The Office"
9:30-10 pm – "COMMUNITY" (series premiere – moves to Thursdays 8-8:30 pm on October 8; "30 Rock" returns October 15, 9:30-10 pm)
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

Monday, September 21
8-10 pm – "Heroes" (two hour premiere, then TRAUMA premieres 9-10 pm Monday, September 28)
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

Wednesday, September 23
8-9 pm – "PARENTHOOD" (Series Premiere)
9-10 pm – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

Friday, September 25
8-9 pm – "Law & Order"
9-10 pm – "Southland"
10-11 pm – "THE JAY LENO SHOW"

Saturday, September 26
8-9 pm – "Dateline NBC"
9-10 pm – "TRAUMA" (encore broadcast)
10-11 pm – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcast)
11:30 pm - 1:00 a.m. - "Saturday Night Live"
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