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5.15.2006

It's Upfront Week


The annual dog and pony show each broadcast network puts on to announce their annual season lineups begin today. NBC, the network that needs a hit the most will go first. At their meeting this afternoon, the following is expected to be announced:

Who Got The Axe:
Joey - Sorry, Matt and Drea, but is anyone really surprised by this?
Also given the boot - Teachers; midseason dramas Conviction, Heist and The Book of Daniel; the non-scripted Most Outrageous Moments, and fall 2005 occupants Surface, E-Ring, Three Wishes and Inconceivable

What's New (and Promising):
STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP - Friends star Matthew Perry returns to NBC in this one-hour dramatic look at life behind-the-scenes at a long-running sketch comedy series (reminiscent of Saturday Night Live). Also starring are Sex and the City’s Evan Handler, comedian D.L. Hughley, Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet, former Wings star Steven Weber, and The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford.

30 ROCK - The head writer (Tina Fey) of a fictional sketch comedy called The Girly Show tries to come to terms with a temperamental star and a difficult executive producer. Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch, Jack McBrayer, and Tracy Morgan co-star.

What's Going On With Returning Favorites:
Three established series – My Name Is Earl, The Office (both will remain on Thursdays) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent – will move to new time periods, The Apprentice will be rested until midseason, Deal or No Deal will air two nights per week (Monday and Friday at 8 p.m.), and benched reality/competition The Biggest Loser will return to the Wednesday 8 p.m. anchor hour.

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