NBC Gets Creative By Airing New Shows on Cable Nets

Ah, the days of vertical corporate integration. Makes you nostalgic for when companies only had that one broadcast platform. But lately, it's been that media conglomerates seem to have entire portfolios of channels to manage and spread their programming (especially when it's created in-house from their wholly owned studios) across multiple networks.

Such is the case with NBC, which announced that it would schedule weekly second windows for new series Bionic Woman and Life on Sci Fi and USA respectively. Bionic Woman will reair its Wednesdays at 9 pm episode on Sci Fi on Fridays at 7 pm, beginning September 28th; Life will encore at midnight ET, early Monday mornings, after its initial bow on NBC Wednesdays at 10 pm.

If that weren't enough, USA and Bravo will air special blocks of programming on October 6th and 7th, offering viewers another opportunity to catch their dramas, including Journeyman and Chuck, which don't come from studio sibling NBC Universal:

USA: Saturday, October 6th

1 pm: Friday Night Lights (2nd season premiere)

2 pm: Chuck (pilot)

3 pm: Life (pilot)

4 pm: Life (2nd episode)

5 pm: Journeyman (pilot)

6 pm: Bionic Woman (pilot)

Bravo: Sunday, October 7th

Noon: Chuck (pilot)

1 pm: Chuck (2nd episode)

2 pm: Journeyman (pilot)

3 pm: Life (pilot)

4 pm: Bionic Woman (pilot)

Additionally, Sci Fi will reair the pilot episodes of Chuck and Journeyman as well, if you didn't already catch the first three airings or so, while Bravo is scheduled to air marathons of 30 Rock on Sunday, September 30th and Friday Night Lights on October 5th, as a lead-in to the critically-acclaimed, if ratings-starved, series' second season premiere on NBC that evening.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.