NBC sets 'Questions,' 'Unknown' premieres

7:30 PM PST 03/04/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Primetime Emmys will also be telecast live coast to coast

For the first time in decades, the primetime Emmy Awards will be telecast live coast to coast.

NBC announced the change along with premiere dates for the returning series "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing" and two new scripted shows: the comedy "100 Questions" and the mystery "Persons Unknown."

The Emmys wills air live at 5 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 29. Scrapping the tape delay follows recent ratings surges for live awards events, particularly the Golden Globes, which NBC aired live coast to coast for the first time in January.

"Talent," TV's most-watched summer series, will return featuring new judge Howie Mandel with a two-hour debut Tuesday, June 1, and a Wednesday edition premiering the following night at 9. "Comic," with new host Craig Robinson ("The Office") likewise will return with a two-hour premiere Monday, June 7, then transition to its usual time slot at 9 p.m. Mondays.

"Questions" stars Charlotte Payne ("Peep Show") as a woman taking a 100-question dating-compatibility test, with each question causing her to recall a humorous story from her past. The show debuts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27. "Persons" stars Alan Ruck ("Spin City") and Jason Wiles ("Third Watch") and is about a group of strangers who come together to solve a puzzle. The drama debuts at 10 p.m. Monday, June 7.

Also in the summer on NBC: Encore episodes from Season 9 of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which premiered in the spring on USA Network, will run on NBC starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 20; the two-hour adventure movie "The Jensen Project," which airs Friday, July 16; "The Making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which gives viewers a sneak peak of the Universal Orlando Resort's new theme park attraction, runs Sunday, June 6; and "The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," which is set for Sunday, July 4.

The announcements represent some but not all of NBC's summer plans, with other slots left to be filled.
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