We're only a few weeks away from the one-year anniversary of NBC's "in-front" schedule announcement, and time was running out for the network to actually announce premiere dates for several of the shows they announced last April, notably the Tom Fontana-created "vigilante billionaire" drama "The Philanthropist" (which was originally supposed to debut after "Heroes" in February) plus a couple of foreign co-productions in "Merlin" and "The Listener."
Today, NBC finally got around to the details of when and where those shows will air, along with a bunch of other summer programming -- including repeats of the upcoming USA season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and the resurrection of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" (which flopped on ABC in 2003 but is a hit in England) -- in a press release that you can read here.
Note that "The Listener" and "The Philanthropist" will be the last original scripted series to air on NBC on weeknights at 10 p.m. before Jay Leno takes over in the fall. I can't wait. Can you?