So, now that the other networks have shown their mid-season cards, NBC finally decided to unveil its plans past the initial January news that came out last week. You can read the press release here, and after the jump, bullet point-y analysis...
• "The Office" gets to air after the Super Bowl, which is what NBC basically said last April at their "in-front" scheduling announcement. The only difference is that it won't be paired with an "Office" spin-off, for two reasons: 1)Amy Poehler's pregnancy pushed back that show's start date, and 2)It's not a spin-off anymore. So we get an hour-long "Office" -- which, as you know, I've had issues with in the past.
• "ER" wraps up its run on March 12, and is replaced the following week by "Kings," the alternate-history drama starring Ian McShane, who doesn't appreciate people misunderstanding the show's premise.
• "Chuck" and "Heroes" are both back from their brief January siestas on February 2, "Chuck" with a post-Super Bowl 3-D episode, "Heroes" with the start of the new "volume" that everyone promises will be so much better than the current nonsense. "Life" is back from its own hibernation on February 4.
• "Medium" reclaims its old Monday at 10 timeslot, though "Heroes" isn't the lead-in it used to be.
• As if an hour a week of Donald Trump wasn't insufferable enough, "Celebrity Apprentice" is now expanding to two hours every single week. When you need to rely on a regularly-scheduled two-hour version of "The Apprentice," you've seriously fallen down on the job of coming up with viable programming for your network.