NBC to set family, blockbuster, adult hours


UPDATED 5:37 p.m. PT, April 2, 2008

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NBC announced a 52-week primetime schedule at its early "in-front" presentation to advertisers Wednesday that included themed primetime hours.

Starting next season, 8 p.m. will be "family hour," 9 p.m. is "blockbuster hour" and 10 p.m. is the "adult themes" hour, said network co-chair Ben Silverman.

The move steps away from network's previous pledge to only schedule unscripted shows in the 8 p.m. hour, while reserving 10 p.m. for more grown-up fare.

The schedule includes long-rumored additions such as a series remake of "Knight Rider" and a spin-off of "The Office," as well as new titles like the Christian Slater spy series "My Own Worst Enemy" and the King David retelling "Kings" starring "Deadwood" star Ian McShane.

Click here for a complete report from the upfront presentation.

The network's 2007-08 schedule:
**New shows in bold


8 p.m. "Chuck"
9 p.m. "Heroes"
10 p.m. "My Own Worst Enemy" / "The Philanthropist"


8 p.m. "Biggest Loser: Families" / "Biggest Loser: Couples"
9:30 p.m. "Kath and Kim"
10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU"


8 p.m. "Knight Rider"
9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
10 p.m. "Lipstick Jungle" / "Law & Order"


8 p.m. "My Name Is Earl"
8:30 p.m. "30 Rock"
9 p.m. "The Office"
9:30 p.m. "The Office" / SNL Election Specials / "The Office [spinoff]"
10 p.m. "ER" (the final season) / "Celebrity Apprentice"


8 p.m. "Crusoe" / "Deal or No Deal"
9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal" / "Friday Night Lights"
10 p.m. "Life"


Fall: "Sunday Night Football"


8 p.m. "Merlin"
9 p.m. "Medium"
10 p.m. "Kings"

Summer 2009:


8 p.m. "American Gladiators"
9 p.m. "America's Toughest Jobs"
10 p.m. "Dateline NBC"


8 p.m. "Most Outrageous Moments"
9 p.m. "America's Got Talent"
10 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Encores)


8 p.m. "Shark Taggers"
9 p.m. "America's Got Talent" (Results Show)
10 p.m. "Law & Order" (Encores)


8 p.m. "The Office" (Encores)
8:30 p.m. "The Office" [Spinoff] (Encores)
9 p.m. "Last Comic Standing"
10 p.m. "The Listener"


8 p.m. "Chopping Block"
9 p.m. "Dateline NBC"


8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
9 p.m. "Knight Rider" (Encores) / "Law & Order: SVU" (Encores)
10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" (Encores) / "Law & Order" (Encores)
7 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8 p.m. "Monk"
9 p.m. "Nashville Star"
10 p.m. "Kings" (Encores)