NBC sets summer buildup to Conan


NBC announced its summer schedule, which includes season finales of three drama series in the same week as the kick-off of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

“This summer will feature more original scripted programming than ever before, along with our #1 hit ‘America’s Got Talent’ and two new buzz-worthy reality shows. In addition, we’ll give Conan the best launch possible during his premiere week by slotting the season finales of some of our best dramas at 10 pm,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

NBC’s season finales of “Medium,” Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order” and the premiere of “The Listener” are all scheduled in the 10 pm slot for the inaugural week of Conan O’Brien beginning Monday, June 1 (11:35 pm – 12:35 am ET).

NBC’s summer lineup will also include the action-packed original miniseries “Meteor” and “The Storm.” In addition, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” episodes from USA Network will join the NBC schedule.

In what the network is calling “a bold scheduling move,” “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!,” based on the international hit from Granada America, will debut as a two-hour television event on Monday, June 1 (8-10 pm ET) and will be stripped over four weeks in June.

I’m a Celebrity will air Monday through Thursdays for the first three weeks beginning June 1 (8-9 pm ET) and during the fourth week of June, the series will be telecast Monday through Wednesday (8-9 pm ET), with the finale on Wednesday, June 24 (8-9 pm ET).

“Great American Road Trip” – newly announced – will debut on Wednesday, July 1 (8-9 pm ET) and will continue for eight weeks.

The summer success “America’s Got Talent” will kick off its fourth season over two nights on Tuesday, June 23 (9-10 pm ET) and Wednesday, June 24 (9-10 pm ET). “The Philanthropist” premieres on Wednesday, June 24 (10-11 pm ET) while “Merlin” begins on Sunday, June 21 with a two-hour premiere (8-10 pm ET). The new drama series will also air from 8-10 pm on June 28 before resuming in its normal day and time on Sunday, July 5 (8-9 pm ET).