Wednesday, February 20, 2008

When To Expect New Episodes On CBS And NBC

The lights are back on at The Office, Heroes is coming out of mothballs, and CSI is ready to prod some corpses. NBC will be out of the box quickly, with a new Saturday Night Live slated to air February 23, featuring Tina Fey as guest host, while Juno's Ellen Page will host the March 1 outing. The long-running sketch-comedy series aims to produce six to eight episodes between now and May.

New episodes of the networks' prime-time scripted shows, which require more lead time to write, shoot and edit, will begin popping up in March and April. Producers of The Office plan to squeeze in six new episodes before the end of the season with the first episode airing April 10. 30 Rock could change based on Alec Baldwin's availability with the show also set to return April 10, along with medical comedy Scrubs and medical drama ER.

My Name Is Earl is due to return April 3, with a one-hour episode, while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit resumes April 15. The original Law & Order will be back April 23. The network also announced it had renewed Heroes, Chuck and Life for the 2008-09 season.

CBS announced the return dates for 14 prime-time series Wednesday. How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men are scheduled to return March 17, with each show expected to produce nine new episodes before the end of the season. CSI: Miami is slated to return to the airwaves a week later, March 24, with producers expected to churn out eight new episodes. Cold Case will follow suit on March 30, with five episodes in the works.

The first week of April will see even more shows back on the schedule, with Criminal Minds and CSI: NY returning on April 2, with seven new episodes each; CSI and Without a Trace returning April 3, with six new episodes apiece; and Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs returns April 4, also with six episodes each.

NCIS is scheduled to return April 8, with seven new episodes in the works, and Moonlight will be back on April 11, with four new episodes. Rules of Engagement is slated to return on April 14, with six episodes.


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