Last spring, NBC announced it was holding ''Crossing Jordan'' for midseason. Then, as part of a schedule overhaul, it decided to bring it back after all, with the return planned for Oct. 20. Now that return has been put on hold while NBC tries to improve its ratings with ... another game show. Here's the announcement:
One contestant will battle "the mob" of 100 others in an attempt to win $1 million in NBC's newest international game show import "1 vs 100," from Endemol USA, premiering its five-week run on Friday, October 13 (9-10 p.m.) following an original episode of "Deal or No Deal" (8-9 p.m. ET).
Following the series premiere, "1 vs 100" will air in its regular time slot on Fridays at 8 p.m. beginning October 20, leading into the return of "Las Vegas" (9-10 p.m. ET). As a result, "Crossing Jordan" will rejoin the NBC schedule at a date to be announced later.
The announcement was made today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.
"This entertaining game is a proven winner from Europe that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as the pressure builds with every question and the financial stakes grow higher," said Reilly. "Bob Saget is the perfect host to keep things percolating without letting the excitement of so many people spin out of control."
Reilly continued: "The introduction of this new show also allows us the luxury of saving such a proven and versatile series as 'Crossing Jordan' for use later in the season." (end announcement excerpt)
I'm not a fan of ''Crossing Jordan,'' but I hear from a lot of them because its scheduling has been erratic. In fact, I was about to answer an e-mail about the show today -- and to mention the Oct. 20 return, which NBC still had on its consumer Web site. Fortunately, a couple of brain cells remembered clicking past the ''1 vs 100'' release.