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NBC Lines Up Three Sci-Fi Shows for Monday Nights

NBC is bringing sci fi back to broadcast TV — big time. As the network kicked off its presentations at the TCA press tour today, network entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman said the fall schedule would be shifted around to surround breakout hit "Heroes" with two other fantasy shows: "Chuck," about a 20-something slacker who gets spy secrets implanted into his brain, and "Journeyman," which focuses on a reporter who finds himself traveling through time.

When NBC first announced its schedule in May, "Deal or No Deal" was slotted for the 8 p.m. spot that now will be occupied by "Chuck." But Silverman said he expects these three shows will make a strong lineup because they are built on character, not just fantasy. "Chuck has a bit of the quarter-life [crisis] going on," Silverman said. With his terrible job at a big-box electronics store and his woes with women, "he could just as easily be appearing in a Judd Apatow movie." "Journeyman," on the other hand, "is basically a love story with time travel underneath it," Silverman said.

I'm still a little surprised that "Bionic Woman" isn't in that lineup, but I see what Silverman's saying about the character-driven elements of these three shows. When I recently watched the "Chuck" pilot, I wouldn't have necessarily thought to call it sci fi; it was more about Chuck and his goofy friends. Plus, I could see "Chuck" drawing a young audience (thanks to "OC" creator Josh Schwartz's involvement), with "Journeyman" skewing older and "Heroes" somewhere in between. Silverman said we can expect to see a lot of advertising for the three shows during NBC's Sunday night football programming come fall.

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verily verily 9 years
I'm totally there for the return of Heroes. And I'll give the other two a try since they're bookending my favorite Monday night show.
Joyful1 Joyful1 10 years
I completely agree with jmast!! I will watch it solely because Kevin McKidd is amazing. If any of you are interested in Roman history, you HAVE to rent the series "Rome". It's sooooo good and I was eternally sad when it ended also.
jmast jmast 10 years
I want to see Journeyman only because of Kevin McKidd, he plays the main role and he was amazing in Rome. I wish that show was still on :( Heroes is great :)
msmoney23 msmoney23 10 years
Journeyman looks dumb.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
Chuck looks interesting I'll check it out and I am already a huge fan of Heros, so I'm all over it. :p
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i'll watch heroes for sure, but the others - i just don't know.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
The only one I plan to watch is Heroes. I am sooo in love with that show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Interesting move. Wonder if they hope Chuck will be a strong lead-in to Journeyman which might not hold viewers without it or if they hope surrounding the weaker show (Chuck) with two stronger ones will pay off? Like you, I didn't think Chuck was sci-fi; it will be interesting to see how they market these three together.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
the guy that plays chuck....HOT!
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
I love Heroes, and can't wait for it to come back. Chuck honestly doesn't sound like something that will last long, but we'll see and Journeyman sounds ok, but also sounds a lot like Doctor Who. I love sci-fi but instinct tells me 2 out of 3 of these shows may disappoint me.
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