NBC will broadcast the Emmy Awards live from coast to coast this year, the first time in more than three decades that’s happened.
The Emmys will be the capper to NBC’s summer programming schedule, which includes a new season of “America’s Got Talent,” the return of “Last Comic Standing” and a couple of scripted shows, comedy “100 Questions” and drama “Persons Unknown.”
NBC aired the Golden Globes live across the country this year and had some success with it; ratings were up by about 10 percent over the 2009 awards. The Emmys are scheduled for Aug. 29 — earlier than usual so as not to interfere with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcasts, which will kick off in September.
“America’s Got Talent” will begin its new season — with new judge Howie Mandel — with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 1. It will keep its usual Tuesday-Wednesday schedule, with the Wednesday edition debuting at 9 p.m. June 2.
“Last Comic Standing” returns after a year off on Monday, June 7. Craig Robinson (“The Office”) will host the show this year.
“100 Questions,” which was initially scheduled for midseason but got pushed back, stars Sophie Winkleman as a woman who joins an online dating site and has to fill out a 100-question survey that leads her to look back on a previous romantic incident. It debuts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27.
“Persons Unknown” comes from “The Usual Suspects” and “Valkyrie” writer Christopher McQuarrie and centers on a group of people who “must come together to solve the puzzle of their lives.” Alan Ruck (“Spin City”), Jason Wiles (“Third Watch”) and Kandyse McClure (“Battlestar Galactica”) are among the cast.
NBC will also have encores of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s” ninth season on Sundays starting June 20. The show begins its new season on USA in March.
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