NBC sets fall schedule dates

Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:16am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC will launch the bulk of its fall schedule during the weeks of September 14 and September 21, the latter marking the official premiere week.

A day after the September 13 kickoff of "Sunday Night Football," the network will roll out its most prominent new program, weeknight "The Jay Leno Show."

Also debuting that week are the new season of "The Biggest Loser" (September 15) and NBC's Thursday lineup on September 17.

As previously announced, the network's Thursday schedule will launch with "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" at 8 p.m. and the new comedy "Community" at 9:30 p.m. following "The Office."

Following "Update's" limited primetime run, "Community" will move to its regular 8 p.m. slot October 8, with "30 Rock" returning for a fourth season in the 9:30 p.m. berth the following week.

The rest of NBC's series will bow during premiere week, led by "Heroes," which will start its fourth season with a September 21 two-hour opener.

Following is NBC's fall 2009-10 premiere schedule:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13   Continued...

<p>Comedian Jay Leno hosts the 30th Carousel of Hope gala in Beverly Hills, California October 25, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>