or


[03/03/09 - 02:33 PM]
NBC Breezes Into March with Lineup That Showcases Premieres of 'Kings' and 'The Chopping Block' as Well as Continuing 'Fugitives' Volume of 'Heroes' and Challenging New Episodes of 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' and 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
NBC details its March sweeps highlights. (SPOILERS!)

[via press release from NBC]

NBC BREEZES INTO MARCH WITH LINEUP THAT SHOWCASES PREMIERES OF 'KINGS' AND 'THE CHOPPING BLOCK' AS WELL AS CONTINUING 'FUGITIVES' VOLUME OF 'HEROES' AND CHALLENGING NEW EPISODES OF 'THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES' AND 'THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE'

Guest Stars Abound as Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle Re-team on "ER," Stephanie March returns to "Law & Order: SVU" and Gabrielle Union joins the cast of "Life" for a multi-episode arc; Others Featured Include Susan Sarandon, Julianna Margulies, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Arnold, Maya Rudolph, Swoosie Kurtz, Patti LuPone, John Lithgow, Jon Hamm, Meredith Vieira, John Glover, Keith Carradine, NASCAR Driver Clint Bowyer, Kurtwood Smith, Tricia Helfer, Mark Steines and Idris Elba

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. - March 3, 2009 -- NBC springs into March with a primetime program lineup that includes the premieres of "Kings" (March 15) and "The Chopping Block" (March 11) while "Heroes" continues in its latest exciting volume "Fugitives;" "The Celebrity Apprentice" heats up the boardroom drama and "The Biggest Loser: Couples" shapes up with episodes that include new challenges and returning season winners. In addition, NBC will showcase a wide spectrum of guest stars, including the re-teaming of Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle along with Julianna Margulies and Susan Sarandon on "ER" (March 12) as the Emmy Award-winning series nears its final episode April 2. In addition Stephanie March returns to "Law & Order: SVU" (March 10) and Gabrielle Union appears in a guest arc on "Life" (March 18).

Among other guest stars to be featured are Emmy winner Carol Burnett and Matthew Lillard ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Emmy winner Betty White "(My Name Is Earl"), Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine and Tom Arnold ("ER"), Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm, Patti LuPone, Emmy and Golden Globe winner John Lithgow and Meredith Vieira ("30 Rock"), Maya Rudolph ("Kath & Kim"), Emmy winner Swoosie Kurtz and John Glover ("Heroes"), Oscar winner Keith Carradine ("Law & Order"), Tricia Helfer ("Chuck"), Kurtwood Smith and Mark Steines ("Medium"), NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer ("The Biggest Loser") and Idris Elba ("The Office"), among others.

"Kings" premieres on Sunday, March 15 (8-10 p.m. ET) with a two-hour debut. The series is a riveting drama about a modern-day monarchy -- a contemporary retelling of the timeless tale of David and Goliath -- from executive producer Michael Green ("Heroes"). The series stars Golden Globe winner Ian McShane ("Deadwood"), Chris Egan ("Eragon"), Sebastian Stan ("The Covenant"), Susanna Thompson ("Once & Again"), Allison Miller ("Lucy's Piano"), Wes Studi ("Comanche Moon"), Eamonn Walker ("Oz") and Dylan Baker ("Spiderman 2").

"The Chopping Block" bows on Wednesday, March 11 (8-9 p.m. ET) as celebrated chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White (UK's "Hell's Kitchen") stars in the new and original cooking competition series.

On "The Biggest Loser: Couples," four new episodes involve: 24 hours of luxury (March 10); a week at home for contestants who then receive a challenge to run a half-marathon (March 17); a two-part challenge that includes a visit from NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (March 24), and a deja vu return from recent winners Ali Vincent and Michelle Aguilar who fill in as guest hosts while regular host Alison Sweeney is on maternity leave (March 31).

Tensions in the boardroom rise on "The Celebrity Apprentice" with a comic book challenge (March 8) and a wedding dress sales mission (March 15). Both teams are charged with producing a live event for hundreds of sales reps and one celebrity walks off the task after a heated argument on March 22. And on March 29, a celebrity struggles with alcohol addiction and causes difficulty for their team. It all comes to a head in the boardroom as the teammates form an intervention in hopes of helping the celebrity face their addiction.

March Guest Star Dates:

� Maya Rudolph - Kath & Kim (3/5)

� Patti LuPone - 30 Rock (3/5)

� John Lithgow - 30 Rock (3/5)

� John Glover - Heroes (3/9)

� Stephanie March - Law & Order: SVU (3/10 - multi-episode story arc)

� Ernest Borgnine, Eriq La Salle, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Susan Sarandon - ER (3/12)

� Carol Burnett - Law & Order: SVU (3/17)

� Matthew Lillard - Law & Order: SVU (3/17)

� Gabrielle Union - Life (3/18 - multi-episode story arc)

� Keith Carradine - Law & Order (3/18)

� Idris Elba - The Office (3/19 - multi-episode story arc)

� Jon Hamm - 30 Rock (3/19)

� Meredith Vieira - 30 Rock (3/19)

� Betty White - My Name Is Earl (3/19)

� Swoosie Kurtz - Heroes (3/23)

� Kurtwood Smith - Medium (3/23)

� Nascar driver Clint Bowyer - The Biggest Loser: Couples (3/24)

� Tom Arnold - ER (3/26)

� Dean Winters - 30 Rock (3/26)

� ET's Mark Steines - Medium (3/30)

� Tricia Helfer - Chuck (3/30)





  [march 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· APPRENTICE, THE (NBC)
· BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)
· CHOPPING BLOCK (NBC)
· CHUCK (NBC)
· COMANCHE MOON (CBS)
· DEADWOOD (HBO)
· ER (NBC)
· HELL'S KITCHEN (FOX)
· HEROES (NBC)
· KATH & KIM (NBC)
· KINGS (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LIFE (NBC)
· MEDIUM (CBS)
· MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· ONCE & AGAIN (ABC)
· OZ (HBO)









[04/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
"Idol" Fan Save on Twitter Adds New and Dramatic Real-Time Twist to Season!
Beginning this week, fans have the opportunity to save a finalist from elimination by a real-time vote using Twitter.

[04/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series: "Startup U," "Next Step Realty: NYC" and "Monica the Medium"
These unscripted series join recently greenlit series "Becoming Us" (formerly "My Transparent Life") and "Job or No Job," which will all premiere this summer.

[04/01/15 - 10:30 AM]
E! Continues to Boost Original Programming with Introduction of Three New Series and Return of Three Hit Franchises
"#RichKids of Beverly Hills" (Sunday, May 24), "Total Divas" (Summer 2015) and "Christina Milian Turned Up" (Fall 2015) are all due back.

[04/01/15 - 10:03 AM]
truTV Spring 2015 Highlights
Said offerings include the return of "Fake Off" (Wednesday, May 6), "Barmageddon" (Monday, June 1) and "How to Be a Grown Up" (Tuesday, June 2).

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
Fifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chelsea Kane, Sweet Suspense, Kelsea Ballerini, and Stars of "black-ish" and "Teen Beach 2" to Present at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
A 30-minute pre-show originating from the red carpet and a 90-minute awards show telecast will be presented on multiple platforms around the world beginning Sunday, April 26 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates
Plus: "Stalker" will rejoin the schedule on Monday, May 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/01/15 - 09:45 AM]
Creative Team Behind "The Bachelor" Franchise Introduces New Luxurious Line of Hot Tubs to Be Sold at Retailers Nationwide Beginning April 1
"Hot tubs represent a great way of life - a life filled with romance and passion," said Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss.

[04/01/15 - 09:38 AM]
USA Network's WWE "Monday Night Raw" Attracts Largest Audience in Nearly Three Years
USA spins the numbers for Monday, March 30.

[04/01/15 - 09:31 AM]
Second Round of Performers Announced to Perform on "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets," Friday, May 15 on CBS
The special, taping April 17-18 at the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will be broadcast Friday, May 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

[04/01/15 - 08:45 AM]
NBC Ties for the Nightlong Win Against All-Original Competition on the Big 4, Despite Encores of "Voice" and "Chicago Fire"
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:38 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "NCIS," "Dovekeepers" Top Viewers for CBS
The Eye however shares the adults 18-49 crown with NBC last night.

[04/01/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Forever" Is No. 1 at 10pm in Adults 18-49 with an 11% Rise Week to Week
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:29 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates Earth Day with Slate of Original Animal Programming Throughout April
To help localize the Earth Day effort, Nat Geo WILD will invite people to post a selfie with the part of the Earth they most want to protect, using the hashtag #earthdayselfie.

[04/01/15 - 07:24 AM]
NBC Sports Group Fills Out 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket with Complete Coverage Beginning April 15
During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

[04/01/15 - 07:21 AM]
CNBC's "Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business" Premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 10PM ET/PT
CNBC takes viewers behind-the-scenes of five very different restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York food scene, chronicling their every struggle and occasional triumph.