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(May 14, 2001) -- Catching up in the race for more reality and drama, NBC will launch three dramas next year and will feature the game show The Weakest Link on Monday and Sunday nights. The network will debut six new series in all, including three comedies.

Perhaps the most prized spot on the network's schedule goes to Inside Schwartz, about a sportscaster whose relationship troubles, which are interrupted by fantasylike sports highlights, are often analyzed by celebrities from the sports world. It's slated to follow Friends on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

The Weakest Link gets an 8 p.m. time slot for its two nights.

On Mondays at 10 p.m., the network debuts "Crossing Jordan," a drama about a Boston coroner. For its troubled Tuesdays, Emeril features chef Emeril Lagasse playing himself in a sitcom at 8 p.m. Scrubs, a comedy about a first-year intern, tries to grab onto Frazier's powerful lead-in at 9:30 p.m.

On Sundays, NBC gives up on its movie night and will install The Weakest Link and two cop dramas, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and U.C. Undercover. -- Wayne Friedman

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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