NBC tweaks its Thursday lineup

Adds 'Kath & Kim' to comedy block

NBC has tweaked its Thursday lineup, adding the new "Kath & Kim" to its comedy block.

The network also has opted to stick to a traditional rollout, launching the bulk of its fall lineup during premiere week, and to put on the new reality competition series "America's Toughest Jobs" earlier than planned.

There has been speculation that NBC might use its Aug. 8-24 Summer Olympics coverage as a springboard for an early fall rollout. Instead, the network will hold off, saving originals for the regular season and avoiding going head-to-head with Fox, which already has slotted several high-profile season premieres for the week of Aug. 25.

NBC will kick off premiere week Monday, Sept. 22, with a full night of "Heroes," a clips show leading to a two-hour season premiere.

Also slated to launch during premiere week are "Law & Order: SVU" on Sept. 23, new drama "Knight Rider" and "Lipstick Jungle" on Sept. 24 and comedies "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" -- which will return with one-hour premieres -- as well as "ER" on Sept. 25.

Sophomore dramedy "Chuck" and new drama "My Own Worst Enemy," toplined by Christian Slater, will join "Heroes" on Sept. 29, while "Life" will return for a second season Oct. 3.

The mother-daughter comedy "Kath & Kim," starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, will make its Thursday entrance Oct. 9 and air in the plum post-"The Office" 9:30 p.m. slot.

"Kath & Kim" originally was scheduled to air Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. following a 90-minute "The Biggest Loser." The weight-loss reality series will now expand to two hours. On Thursday, "Kath & Kim" will replace a previously announced combo of "The Office" episodes and "SNL Thursday Night Live Specials."

The three election "SNL" specials will now air in "30 Rock's" 8:30 p.m. berth on Oct. 9, 16 and 23. Emmy-winning "30 Rock" will be the last NBC series to launch its new season Oct. 30.

"Toughest Jobs," previously slated to run in summer 2009, will premiere Sept. 12 and run Friday nights at 8 p.m. until the slot's regular occupant, adventure series "Crusoe," launches with a two-hour premiere Oct. 17. "Jobs" will then slide to the 9 p.m. hour, replacing "Deal or No Deal."

Here's the 2008-09 fall network schedules.

Below are the newly announced NBC premiere dates.

Friday, Sept. 12
"America's Toughest Jobs," series premiere (8-10 p.m.); returns on Sept. 19
(8-9 p.m.) for five weeks, then resumes from 9-10 p.m. on Oct. 24

Monday, Sept. 22
"Heroes" clip show (8-9 p.m.); season premiere (9-11 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 23
"Law & Order: SVU" (10-11 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
"Knight Rider" (8-9 p.m.)
"Lipstick Jungle (10-11 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 25
"My Name Is Earl" -- one-hour premiere (8-9 p.m.)
"The Office" -- one-hour premiere (9-10 p.m.)
"ER" (10-11 p.m.)

Monday, Sept. 29
"Chuck" (8-9 p.m.)
"My Own Worst Enemy" (10-11 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 3
"Life" (10-11 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 9
"Kath & Kim" (9:30-10 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 17
"Crusoe" two-hour premiere (8-10 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 30
"30 Rock" (8:30-9 p.m.)