Spin-offs, Sci-Fi Rule Small Screen for Fall

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NBC announced its new fall lineup in April, ahead of the other three networks, promising a "52-week" programming schedule that includes fewer repeats. The network will play on nostalgia with remakes of "Knight Rider," "Robinson Crusoe" and Merlin. Programming chief Ben Silverman said the aim is to provide "aspirational or positive" programs, like "The Philanthropist," a new drama about a billionaire do-gooder that is scheduled for winter.

Other new shows include:

A new "Office" spin-off , which will premiere after the Super Bowl and then follow "The Office" on Thursdays in February, will feature some of the same cast members.

"My Own Worst Enemy" stars Christian Slater as a man with two identities: suburban Dad and Jason Bourne-style trained killer.

"Kath & Kim" is an adaptation of a hit Australian mother-daughter comedy that will star Molly Shannon and Selma Blair.

"Kings" is described as a modern-day David vs. Goliath starring Ian McShane from "Deadwood" fame.

Returning shows include: "Lipstick Jungle; "Law and Order," "Medium" and "Friday Night Lights" for shortened seasons; "Chuck," "Life" and, rapping up its final season, "ER."

Canceled shows include: "Bionic Woman," "Journeyman" and "Las Vegas." "Scrubs" will move to ABC next season.

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