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NBC announces fall premiere dates

June 25, 2009 | 12:21 pm

The premiere of former "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno's nightly prime-time series Sept. 14 will kick off NBC's fall season.

"The Jay Leno Show" will debut at 10 and air Mondays through Fridays. Leno is expected to carry over several comedic elements from his previous series.

On Sept. 15, the reality series "The Biggest Loser" will return at 8 p.m. with two-hour episodes.

NBC's revamped comedy Thursday nights will debut Sept. 17 with the launch of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" at 8. followed by "Parks and Recreation," "The Office" and the new series "Community," starring Joel McHale ("The Soup") about misfits at a community college, at 9:30.

"Saturday Night Live Weekend Update" will leave the 8 p.m. slot Oct. 8 and will be replaced by "Community" at its new time. "30 Rock" will return Oct. 15 at 9:30.

"Heroes" will return for its third season with a two-hour episode Sept. 21. On Sept. 28, "Heroes" will continue in the 8 p.m. slot, followed by the premiere of "Trauma," about first-year paramedics.

"Parenthood," the new series based on the 1989 Steve Martin film, will premiere Sept. 23. at 8, followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" at 9.

"Law & Order" will return for a record 20th season Sept. 25 at 8, followed by the second season of "Southland" at 9.

Saturdays will be occupied by "Dateline NBC" and repeats of "Trauma" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The Sunday schedule will be filled by "Football Night in America" and "NBC Sunday Night Football."

-- Greg Braxton

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