January 20, 2009 in Features

NBC announces season renewals

By Lynn Elber Associated Press
 

NBC is renewing Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” for the 2009-10 season, along with “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser.”

The network also announced that it has set a premiere date for its new comedy starring Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live”), an “Office”-style mockumentary about local government.

The show, yet to get a title, will debut at 8:30 p.m. April 9. One of its executive producers is Greg Daniels, a producer/writer/director for “The Office.”

Poehler’s character finds her love of the democratic process tested as she faces defensive government workers, selfish residents and real estate developers.

“Southland,” a new police drama from “ER” executive producer John Wells, also will premiere April 9, at 10 p.m.

Fans of “ER” will get three more episodes than previously announced before the show ends for good. That will push its two-hour finale to April 2.

Despite a drop in ratings, “Heroes” is secure, said Angela Bromstad, NBC’s new president of prime-time entertainment.

The sci-fi drama, in its third season, “may have taken on too much in terms of characters and multiple story lines,” she said.

Bromstad said the network feels “very strongly” about “Life,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Lipstick Jungle,” denying reports that “Lipstick Jungle,” which stars Brooke Shields, has been canceled.

That enthusiasm doesn’t extend to the new sitcom “Kath & Kim” and “Knight Rider.”

Those aren’t holding up in the ratings, Bromstad said, calling them “indicative of shows that may or may not be coming back.”

The network finished last season in fourth place and continues to struggle with its scripted programs.

None of NBC’s four new fall series clicked with viewers, including the already canceled drama “My Own Worst Enemy.”

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