NBC sets post-Leno prime-time schedule; still no word on late-night

nelson-krause-parenthood-32.jpgNBC has figured out the prime-time portion of its schedule for the spring, shuffling some of its existing shows and adding a few others to fill the 10 p.m. slot once "The Jay Leno Show" goes away.

Where Leno is going, and the fate of "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien, however, are still up in the air.

The schedule changes take effect Monday, March 1 and include the return of "Trauma" and the move of "Law & Order" to Monday nights, "Parenthood" shifting to Tuesdays after "The Biggest Loser" and -- as Zap2it first reported -- "The Marriage Ref" joining the network's Thursday-night lineup.

The other new additions to the schedule are "Who Do You Think You Are?," a celebrity genealogy show produced by former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow, and "Minute to Win It," a game show that will take "The Marriage Ref's" former Sunday-night spot. "Friday Night Lights" will also return in late April, slightly earlier than NBC had originally planned.

Putting "The Jay Leno Show" on five nights a week meant that NBC cut back on its scripted development last year and doesn't have much scripted programming in reserve for midseason. So for the short term at least, the number of unscripted hours on the schedule is going up. The network will have dramas at 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, "The Marriage Ref" on Thursdays and an expanded "Dateline" on Fridays. Somewhat surprisingly, though, "Dateline" only took over one more hour of primetime instead of becoming a sort of schedule duct tape.

The new schedule looks like this (all times Eastern/Pacific, changes in bold):

trauma-320.jpgMondays

8 p.m.: "Chuck"
9 p.m. "Trauma" (returns March 8)
10 p.m. "Law & Order" (two-hour episode at 9 p.m. March 1; regular time period beginning March 8)

Tuesdays

8 p.m. "The Biggest Loser: Couples"
10 p.m. "Parenthood" (premieres March 2)

Wednesdays

8 p.m. "Mercy"
9 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" encores (March 3)
10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" (March 3)

Thursdays

8 p.m. "Community"
8:30 p.m. "Parks and Recreation"
9 p.m. "The Office"
9:30 p.m. "30 Rock"
10 p.m. "The Marriage Ref" (premieres March 4; preview episode Sunday, Feb. 28)

Fridays

8 p.m. "Who Do You Think You Are?" (premieres March 5; "Friday Night Lights" returns April 30)
9 p.m. "Dateline" (two hours)

Sundays

7 p.m. "Dateline"
8 p.m. "Minute to Win It" (premieres March 14)
9 p.m. "The Celebrity Apprentice" (premieres March 14; two hours)

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