Despite the fact that NBC hasn’t seen all its pilots and has yet to begin its scheduling meetings for fall, the web has floated its first bogus schedule draft, which included more moves than any network would probably want to make at once, sources say.
The broadcast networks frequently leak fake schedules to agents a week or so before the real ones surface, especially NBC, which announces its schedule first, influencing everyone else.
The leaked sked includes “Friends” moving into ‘Seinfeld’s” 9 p.m. slot, with “Mad About You” replacing it at 8 p.m., followed by “Just Shoot Me.” A new comedy, “All My Life,” would be launched at 9:30 p.m., followed by “ER.”
The Friday lineup includes “Law & Order” moving from Wednesday to the 9 p.m. Friday slot, leading into “Homicide.” “Dateline” would start off the night at 8 p.m. Saturday would feature “Pretender” at 8 p.m., followed by a new drama and “Profiler” at 10 p.m.
Sunday, a night when NBC won’t have football, would start off with “Bloopers” at 7 p.m., followed by “Dateline” and the Sunday movie. Monday night would also start with “Dateline,” followed by a return of the Monday movie that was yanked this season.
The Tuesday lineup features “3rd Rock From the Sun” at 8 p.m., followed by “Working,” “Frasier” and the new Nathan Lane sitcom, “Encore.” “Dateline” would remain at 10 p.m.
The Wednesday lineup features Monday comedies “Suddenly Susan” at 8 p.m., “Caroline in the City” at 9 p.m., as well as Thursday sitcom “Veronica’s Closet” at 9:30 p.m., with a new series going in at 8:30 p.m. and a new show at 10 p.m.
NBC’s executive vice president of program planning and scheduling Preston Beckman said of the bogus sked, “I can categorically tell you I should be fired for putting a schedule like that on the board. If it was leaked by NBC, it was leaked by the person at the checkout counter.”