NBC schedules primetime peek

Special showcasing fall lineup set for multiple platforms

NBC Universal has created a primetime preview special that will extensively air across all of the company's properties to help promote the network's fall lineup.

The half-hour special will run on NBC, such cable networks as USA, Bravo and Syfy, on the network's Web site and on 11,000 American Airlines flights.

"The NBC Primetime Preview Show" will be hosted by Joel McHale, star of the new NBC comedy "Community," and feature exclusive, behind-the-scenes previews of fall shows and an appearance by Jay Leno, who launches his new 10 p.m. series on Sept. 14.

NBC Universal estimates the program will air 306 times across cable and broadcast platforms -- not counting online streaming and airline plays. The special begins airing Saturday.

The special, which has become an annual tradition, will spotlight the new NBC dramas "Trauma" and "Mercy," "Community," reality hit "The Biggest Loser," NBC's Thursday night comedies, "Heroes," "Southland" and "Sunday Night Football," among others.

The thrust of NBC's fall premiere week kicks off Sept. 21.