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With critical acclaim and one new hit on its side, NBC will continue its rebuilding process in 2007-08 with a crop of new shows that lean heavily toward the dramatic.

The network is adding five new shows to its lineup in the fall, none of which are comedies. In fact, NBC has ordered only one new half-hour for next season, "The IT Crowd." It will likely appear at midseason. The new shows for the fall are the dramas "Bionic Woman," "Journeyman," "Life" and "Chuck" and an unscripted show called "The Singing Bee."

"Last year we promised a return to the NBC legacy of quality, and in terms of awards, buzz and critical acclaim, that's just what we delivered," NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says. "We've got the class and next season we're ready to add some mass, with new shows that build on the creative accomplishments of last season and are as broad as they are good."

NBC has also done some shifting of its returning series, moving the critically beloved "Friday Night Lights" to its namesake night, Friday, at 10 p.m. ET. Returning shows "Law & Order" and "Medium" will be held back until midseason, where they will air on Sunday nights at 8 and 9, respectively. Another new drama, "Lipstick Jungle," will fill the 10 p.m. Sunday spot once the NFL season ends.

"Journeyman," a sci fi-tinged drama about a man ("Rome" star Kevin McKidd) who inexplicably travels through time, will get the 10 p.m. Monday spot after "Heroes," with NBC no doubt hoping it's found a compatible show for the first-year hit. "Chuck," a comedy-tinged spy drama from "O.C." creator Josh Schwartz, will air on Tuesdays, while "Bionic Woman" and "Life" will get Wednesday spots.

NBC's Thursday lineup will feature the same shows, in a slightly different order. "The Office" will move to 9 p.m. to anchor that hour, with "30 Rock" moving up to 8:30 following "My Name Is Earl." The seventh season of "Scrubs" will air at 9:30, leading into "ER."

"The Singing Bee" will share a Friday-night spot with returning game show "1 vs. 100." Another unscripted show, "World Moves," will be available for fall as well but doesn't have a spot yet.

Gone from the schedule are "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" -- which is moving to NBC sibling USA -- "Crossing Jordan," "Studio 60," "The Black Donnellys," "Raines" and "Identity." Donald Trump's reality franchise "The Apprentice" is not on the schedule either, but Reilly says there's a chance it will return sometime next season.

Here is NBC's schedule for 2007-08 (all times Eastern, new shows in bold)

Monday

8 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9 p.m. "Heroes"
10 p.m. "Journeyman"

Tuesday

8 p.m. "The Biggest Loser"
9 p.m. "Chuck"
10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU"

Wednesday

8 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9 p.m. "Bionic Woman"
10 p.m. "Life"

Thursday

8 p.m. "My Name Is Earl"
8:30 p.m. "30 Rock" (new timeslot)
9 p.m. "The Office" (new timeslot)
9:30 p.m. "Scrubs"
10 p.m. "ER"

Friday

8 p.m. "1 vs. 100"/"The Singing Bee"
9 p.m. "Las Vegas"
10 p.m. "Friday Night Lights" (new timeslot)

Saturday

8 p.m. "Dateline"
9 p.m. Drama repeat
10 p.m. Drama repeat

Sunday (fall)

7 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8 p.m. "Sunday Night Football"

Sunday (January 2008)

7 p.m. "Dateline"
8 p.m. "Law & Order" (new timeslot)
9 p.m. "Medium" (new timeslot)
10 p.m. "Lipstick Jungle"

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