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Good news from NBC. The network has picked up Chuck, Life and Heroes for the 2008-09 season. No word on Friday Night Lights, so keeping mailing those mini-footballs to the misguided NBC execs. NBC also set a schedule for new episodes of popular series.

  • My Name Is Earl will return with a one-hour episode on Thursday, April 3.
  • 30 Rock, The Office, Scrubs and ER will all be back with new episodes on Thursday, April 10.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will return with fresh episodes on Tuesday, April 15.
  • Law & Order resumes with original episodes on Wednesday, April 23.

CBS will keep viewers happy with post-strike episodes of 15 series. The comedy shows return in mid-March, followed by dramas. The list with new episodes planned:

  • How I Met Your Mother, March 17, (9)
  • The Big Bang Theory, March 17, (9)
  • Two and a Half Men, March 17, (9)
  • CSI:Miami, March 24, (8)
  • Cold Case, March 30, (5)
  • Criminal Minds, April 2, (7)
  • CSI: NY, April 2, (7)
  • CSI, April 3, (6)
  • Without a Trace, April 3, (6)
  • Ghost Whisperer, April 4, (6)
  • Num3rs, April 4, (6)
  • NCIS, April 8, (7)
  • Moonlight, April 11, (4)
  • Rules of Engagement, April 14, (6)
  • Shark, TBA, (4)