[08/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Shuffles Fall Premieres, Adds Encores
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- NBC is set to shake up its previously announced fall rollout plans, as the network announced today several changes to its post-Olympics schedule.

"Last Comic Standing: Battle of the Comics," the third season of the popular summer series, will kick off Monday, August 30 at 9:30/8:30c with a special 90-minute episode. The show will then settle into its regular Tuesday, 8:00/7:00c slot the following night.

To make room for the move, the Peacock has pushed back the premiere of its new drama "Hawaii" to Wednesday, September 1 at 8:00/7:00c. The network had previously planned to preview the series on August 30 at 9:00/8:00c before moving it to its regular Wednesday, 8:00/7:00c home.

In addition, NBC will encore "Hawaii" as well as fellow newcomer "Father of the Pride" several times during the first week following the Olympics. Here's a breakdown of schedule for the period:

Monday, August 30
8:00/7:00c - "Fear Factor" (90-Minute Season Premiere)
9:30/8:30c - "Last Comic Standing: Battle of the Comics" (90-Minute Season Premiere)

Tuesday, August 31
8:00/7:00c - "Last Comic Standing: Battle of the Comics" (Time Slot Premiere)
9:00/8:00c - "Father of the Pride" (Series Premiere)
9:30/8:30c - "Scrubs" (Season Premiere)
10:00/9:00c - "2004 Republican Convention Coverage"

Wednesday, September 1
8:00/7:00c - "Hawaii" (Series Premiere)
9:00/8:00c - (To Be Announced)
10:00/9:00c - (To Be Announced)

Thursday, September 2
8:00/7:00c - "Will & Grace" (Repeat)
8:30/7:30c - "Will & Grace" (Repeat)
9:00/8:00c - "Will & Grace" (Repeat)
9:30/8:30c - "Father of the Pride" (Encore)
10:00/9:00c - "2004 Republican Convention Coverage"

Friday, September 3
8:00/7:00c - "Dateline NBC"
10:00/9:00c - "Hawaii" (Encore)

Saturday, September 4
8:00/7:00c - "Father of the Pride" (Encore)
8:30/7:30c - "Scrubs" (Encore)
9:00/8:00c - "Hawaii" (Encore)
10:00/9:00c - "Crossing Jordan" (Repeat)

  [august 2004]  


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