Unfortunately for fans of "My Name is Earl," NBC today put it on the list of canceled shows along with "Medium" (which got a reprieve today when CBS picked it up to run at 9 p.m. Friday).
"Chuck," which had been on the bubble, was renewed for after midseason and NBC officials said its budget won't be cut.
There will be months to discuss the new shows on NBC coming this fall. The big news is what is going to be missing, delayed or moved.
Fans of "Friday Night Lights," which premieres on DirecTV, will have to wait until the summer of 2010 to see new episodes on NBC.
"Law & Order" got a 20th season and will tie "Gunsmoke" as prime time's longest-running drama but is moving to low-rated Friday nights at 8 p.m. "Southland" was renewed despite low ratings, but will air at 9 p.m. Fridays, another difficult time slot.
"Heroes" will air an hour earlier at 8 p.m. Monday, where "Chuck" has been running.
And "30 Rock," the Tina Fey show that gets more awards and critical acclaim than viewers, will be slightly delayed before it returns next fall.
What do you think of the cancellation of "Earl" and "Medium" and NBC's other schedulng plans?
-- Alan Pergament