Matthew Perry, Regis to Join NBC's Primetime Lineup
May 15, 2006

Matthew Perry is making a triumphant return to primetime as a TV writer in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

But don't expect the "Friend" we all known and love. Matthew will star with "The West Wing's" Bradley Whitford in a drama that goes behind the scenes of a "Saturday Night Live" type of comedy show.

"He's a rather messy, screwed up, kind of genuis writer," Perry said of his character who is the opposite of beloved Chandler.

Alec Baldwin is also busting into NBC's primetime lineup in "SNL" funny woman Tina Fey's new show, "30 Rock." The comedy co-stars "SNL" alums Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch.

NBC announced that John Lithgow will pair with Jeffrey Tambor as two baby boomers in "20 Good Years." Meanwhile, Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton and "Six Feet Under's" Jeremy Sisto will team up for the drama "Kidnapped," which follows an investigation after a wealthy family's 15-year-old son is abducted.

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Riley also pumped up Simon Cowell's next big hit, "America's Got Talent," which Regis Philbin is set to host.

"You can't beat Regis," Riley said. "And Simon gives it a little edge." If you liked the book and movie, "Friday Night Lights" is now headed to the small screen. "Early Edition's" Kyle Chandler will star as the coach of a high school football team in a small Texas town.

Jeff Goldblum is headed to the NBC lineup in "Raines," playing an eccentric Los Angeles police officer who solves murders with the help of the victims. Returning in the fall are three shows that we all know and love: "My Name is Earl," "The Office" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." "Deal or No Deal" will also return, airing on Monday and Friday nights.

Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" will take a break until midseason, in addition to "Crossing Jordan" and "Scrubs." "The Biggest Loser" will be back on Wednesday nights.

Rumors have swirled that "ER" would move to another night, but NBC put those headlines to rest. The drama will return to its Thursday night spot at 10 p.m. This year marked the last season for "The West Wing" and "Will & Grace." Also not returning to NBC this fall are "Joey," "Conviction," "E-Ring" and "Three Wishes."

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