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Three seasons in NBC's year

NBC's "in-front" presentation to advertisers today has the industry abuzz with speculation about the network's slate. The network isn't expected to rewrite the rules of broadcasting with its unique 52-week schedule unveiling but rather stick fairly close to Fox's model of having a clearly defined split season. The Peacock is expected to present three schedules: fall (post-Olympics through December), winter/spring (January-May) and next summer (June-August). For fall and possibly winter, four new dramas likely will be announced: "Knight Rider," "Kings," "My Worst Enemy" and "The Philanthropist." The biggest guessing game is what series will get the network's coveted post-Super Bowl spot next year. A potential surprise inclusion: Sources said fortunes have turned for bubble show "Lipstick Jungle," which now is looking more likely for a renewal. And with the modestly rated "Lipstick" looking good for a pickup, slightly higher-rated "Medium" also looks likely to return next season. Sources said NBC also is following through on its announcement to go straight to series whenever possible and is not ordering pilots. Instead of showing advertisers clips from the actual greenlighted shows, NBC might screen mock trailers for the new projects using other source material. (James Hibberd)