NBC sets winter strike schedule

Network adds 'Borrowers,' brings back 'Medium'

NBC has solidified its winter strike schedule, returning “Medium” to Monday nights and adding potentially controversial reality skein “Baby Borrowers” to its lineup.

With most of its winter changes in place, the network says it’ll broadcast 85 hours of original scripted programming during the first quarter of 2008. “That’s more originals than we aired during the first quarter of 2007,” said NBC scheduling prexy Vince Manze.

In addition to multiple episodes of its various “Law & Order”-branded skeins, as well as newcomer “Lipstick Jungle,” NBC also has originals of shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “ER” and “Las Vegas” on tap. Manze also said Internet skein “Quarterlife” will make its broadcast debut during the early part of next year.

“We went with shows that had a lot of name recognition,” Manze said.

“Medium” will begin its new season Jan. 7 at 10 p.m., the timeslot in which the show first found success. As previously announced, it’ll be preceded on Mondays by “Deal or No Deal” at 9 and “American Gladiators” at 8.

When “Gladiator” wraps its run, it will be replaced by “Baby Borrowers,” which premieres Monday, Feb. 18. Based on a Blighty format, skein puts real babies in the care of rowdy teenagers in an attempt to teach the teens a lesson in responsibility (Daily Variety, March 12).

Net also announced plans to stunt on Sunday nights after the Golden Globes airs on Jan. 13.

On Jan. 27, look for “The Guinness Book of World Records–Live!” from 9-11 p.m. It’ll feature what the net calls “a live death-defying stunt.”

On Feb. 10, NBC has penciled in “Top 100 Outrageous Moments” from 9-11 p.m.

Reality skeins on tap include a new version of “The Apprentice,” quizzer “1 vs. 100” and weight-loss competish “The Biggest Loser.”

ABC has still not announced details of its winter sked, save for the premiere of reality skein “Dance Wars” and a possible January bow for “Cashmere Mafia.”