NBC ALLOWS VIEWERS TO GET A JUMP ON NEW FALL SEASON WITH 'THE NBC PRIMETIME PREVIEW' SPECIAL - HOSTED BY ZACHARY LEVI ('CHUCK') -- TO RUN OVER MULTITUDE OF BROADCAST AND ONLINE PLATFORMS FROM AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 28
BURBANK - August 6, 2008 - NBC draws back the curtain to provide broadcast and online audiences an early sneak peek at the network's new and returning series for Fall as title star Zachary Levi ("Chuck") hosts "The NBC Primetime Preview" -- a 30-minute cavalcade highlighted by an exclusive backstage look to be conveyed on a full spectrum of NBC Universal media platforms beginning August 30 through September 28.
The show will also feature appearances by Christian Slater (star of NBC's new drama "My Own Worst Enemy"), Molly Shannon and Selma Blair (stars of NBC's new comedy "Kath & Kim") and many NBC stars from the cast of such favorites as "Heroes" and "The Office," among others.
The annual Fall program will be offered to NBC's 232 television stations (check local listings) as well as other channel entities such as USA, SCI FI, Bravo, UniHD, Chiller, mun2, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Sleuth, NBC2Go, on-demand and broadband. NBC stations can also run it on their websites while NBC.com will also run it as well. In addition, the program will be screened on selected United Airlines flights.
NBC's Fall 2008-09 premiere week begins in earnest on Monday, September 22.
Debuting on Monday, October 13 (10-11 p.m. ET), executive producer/creator Jason Smilovic teams up with executive producer/director David Semel on NBC's new drama "My Own Worst Enemy" -- a show that raises the question: who can you trust when you can't trust yourself? Starring Slater ("Bobby") as both Henry Spivey and Edward Albright, the series explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. Also starring are Yara Martinez ("The Hitcher"), Alfre Woodard ("Desperate Housewives"), Mike O'Malley ("Yes, Dear") and Saffron Burrows ("The Bank Job").
The American adaptation of the Australian hit comedy series "Kath & Kim" stars Shannon (NBC's "Saturday Night Live") and Blair ("Hellboy 2") as the hilarious and iconoclastic mother-daughter duo. "Kath & Kim" focuses on Kath (Shannon), a cheerful, foxy, forty-something, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim (Blair), who have the love/hate, push/pull dysfunctional relationship that only a mother and daughter could share. John Michael Higgins ("Best in Show") and Mikey Day (MTV's "Short Circuitz") also star. The comedy premieres on Thursday, October 9 (8:30-9 p.m. ET).
Viewers will also get a look at NBC's new dramas "Crusoe" (debuting with a two-hour episode on Friday, October 17 (8-10 p.m. ET) that stars Philip Winchester ("The Patriot") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park") in a contemporary take of the classic Daniel Defoe novel of a man marooned on a deserted island. On the heels of the hit NBC movie, "Knight Rider" (premiering Wednesday, September 24, 8-9 p.m. ET) is the iconic 1980s television classic that comes roaring back to life as a reinvented, updated and super-charged action series showcasing the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) - the coolest car ever. Justin Bruening ("All My Children"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars"), Paul Campbell ("Battlestar Galactica"), Yancey Arias ("Kingpin") and Bruce Davison ("Breach") star. Smith Cho ("Blades of Glory") recurs
Likewise, audiences can gain advance insight into "America's Toughest Jobs," the new extreme competition series from creator/executive producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers") and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, "America's Toughest Jobs" that tests 13 men and women who take on some of the most dangerous jobs on earth. The early series premiere is Monday, August 25 (9-10 p.m. ET).
In addition to the new series, the special will focus on returning series as well, particularly "Heroes," "Sunday Night Football," "Lipstick Jungle," "Chuck," "Life" and NBC's acclaimed Thursday night comedies - "My Name Is Earl," the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" (which last month received 17 Emmy Award nominations, breaking the single-season record for a comedy series) and the Emmy-winning "The Office."
"The NBC Primetime Preview" is produced by The NBC Agency.