NBC Announces Fall 2012 Premiere Dates for 'Grimm', 'Revolution', 'The Voice,' 'Animal Practice' & More

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June 14th, 2012

via press release:


Schedule Includes Commercial-free Sneak Peeks of “Animal Practice” and “Go On” During 2012 Summer Olympic Games

The Olympics Passes the Baton with the Two-Hour Premiere of the New Competitive Series “Stars Earn Stripes” on August 13, followed by the Season Premiere of “Grimm”

Continuing NBC’s Rollout Strategy, Hit Singing Competition “The Voice” Returns (September 10) During the Same Week that Summer Juggernaut “America’s Got Talent” Concludes (September 13) and the Return of NFL Football (September 5 and 9) Hands-Off to the Launches of “Go On” and “The New Normal” (September 11) and a Sneak Peek of “Guys With Kids” (September 12), as well as the Season Premiere of “Parenthood” (September 11)

Additional New Show Premieres Are Dramas “Revolution” (September 17) and “Chicago Fire” (October 10)


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 14, 2012 – NBC announced today the premieres and sneak peeks of its new Fall 2012 primetime schedule that capitalize on the launch and promotional platforms provided by the network’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the finale of “America’s Got Talent” and the return of “The Voice” and “Sunday Night Football.” Most of the new fall shows will premiere in advance of the start of the season.

The rollout of NBC’s Fall 2012 season begins with commercial-free sneak previews of the new comedies “Go On” (Wednesday, August 8) after the evening’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and “Animal Practice” on Sunday, August 12, following the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

One day after the conclusion of the Olympics, NBC will debut the new competitive series “Stars Earn Stripes” with a special two-hour episode on Monday, August 13 (8-10 p.m. ET), followed on the same night with the advance season premiere of “Grimm” (10-11 p.m. ET).

Continuing NBC’s launch strategy, “The Voice” returns on September 10 (8-10 p.m.), handing-off to encore sneak peeks of “Animal Practice” (10-10:30 p.m. ET) and “Go On” (10:30-11 p.m. ET). The NFL Kick-Off Special 2012 and first NFL game of the season on Wednesday, September 5, followed by Football Night in America (7:00-8:15 p.m.) and Sunday Night Football’s (8:15-11 p.m.) return in their regular timeslots on September 9 kick off a launch week that includes the September 11 time-period premiere of “Go On” (9-9:30 p.m.) followed by “The New Normal” (9:30-10 p.m.), a sneak peek of “Guys With Kids” on September 12 (10-10:30 p.m.) after the next to last episode of “America’s Got Talent,” and the season premiere of “Parenthood” on September 11 (10-11 p.m.). To provide additional sampling, the new comedy “The New Normal” will re-broadcast its first episode on Thursday, September 13 (10-10:30 p.m. ET), following the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

Among other new NBC series for fall, the drama “Revolution” premieres on Monday, September 17 (10-11 p.m. ET); and the drama “Chicago Fire” debuts on Wednesday, October 10 (10-11 p.m. ET). “Animal Practice” will start in its regular day and time on Wednesday, September 26 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) followed by the time period premiere of “Guys with Kids” (8:30-9 p.m. ET).

Following are the premiere dates for NBC’s Fall 2012 primetime schedule (all times ET; new shows are in upper case):

Wednesday, August 8

“GO ON” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, August 12

“ANIMAL PRACTICE” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, August 13

8-10 p.m. “STARS EARN STRIPES” (two-hour premiere)

10-11 p.m. “Grimm”

Wednesday, September 5

7:30-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2012” (regular season)

8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, September 9

7-8:15 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular day and time)

8:15-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular day and time)

Monday, September 10

8-10 p.m. “The Voice”


Tuesday, September 11

9-9:30 p.m. “GO ON” (time period premiere)

9:30-10 p.m. “THE NEW NORMAL”

10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”


Wednesday, September 12

10-10:30 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (sneak peek after penultimate “America’s Got Talent”)


Friday, Sept 14

9-10pm - "Grimm" (time period premiere)


Monday, September 17

10-11 p.m. “REVOLUTION”


Thursday, September 20

8:30-9 p.m. “Up All Night”

9-9:30 p.m. “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”


Wednesday, September 26

8-8:30 p.m. “ANIMAL PRACTICE” (time period premiere)

8:30-9 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (time period premiere)

9-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (two-hour premiere)


Thursday, October 4

8-8:30 p.m. “30 Rock”


Wednesday, October 10

10-11 p.m. “CHICAGO FIRE”


Friday, October 19

8-8:30 p.m. “Whitney”

8:30-9 p.m. “Community”


  • Oliver

    Grimm’s season starts proper on August 13 and moves to Friday in September.

    Animal Practice has a one-off preview on August 12 after the Olympic Closing Ceremony, but doesn’t start until September 26.

  • Ike

    As crazy as it looks, the “staggered premieres” approach worked pretty well for ABC last year. I can see why NBC is trying it out. They can throw all of their promotional efforts behind one or two shows in any given week, rather than needing to promote everything all at the same time. It doesn’t LOOK very good on paper, but it makes sense ultimately.

    Of course, if the shows all turn out to be terrible, this won’t help.

  • RG-X

    “Go On” is a stupid name for a show…see example:

    Person 1 Yelling from the kitchen: hey what’s on?
    Person 2 reply: Go On
    Person 1 – no that’s the whole question – what’s On?
    Person 2 – Go On
    P1 – what?
    P2 – Go On is On
    P1 – Go On & On about what? I just want to know what’s ON?!
    P2 – (changes the channel) – the X factor

  • Sonny

    The only new NBC show that I was looking forward to besides Revolution was Chicago Fire but I’m not waiting until October 10th for it. I guess I’ll give Nashville a try.

  • Networkman

    Just because the shows will start early does not mean it will hold the audiences attention once the other options start to premiere. People will now just get the opportunity to see that a show sucks early on and then tune out. It is going to be really embrassing to see numbers dropping as early as mid October. And then NBC will deal with early cancellations.

    And why isn’t Chicago Fire premiering Oct. 3?

  • Cory

    Ugh. NBC just infuriates me. I really want them to succeed, but the announcement of their fall schedule, and then this mess of premieres, is making it very hard to root for them when they are continuing to shoot themselves in the foot. So many timeslot switches, sneak previews, and staggered dates, that no one will be able to tell when any of their shows are on. I agree that the late premieres for Whitney and Community mean they will be subbing them in to any of the fall comedies that completely bomb. I’d like to think that NBC wouldn’t be stupid enough to pair Whitney and Community, as those are about the 2 most un-compatible shows on their schedule.

    I understand that NBC wants to use the Olympics and AGT to help promote their fall shows, but I just think that’s a mess. Grimm, in particular, is really puzzling. Mondays at 10 for the last 5 weeks of the summer, then back to Fridays, where it will either have a LOT of repeats in the season to drag it out to May, or wrap in February sweeps.

  • Ryan

    Congratulations to NBC. Most of its new shows sound great. Especially Revolution. In my opinion, it has true, solid chances of becoming a hit. It’s the most promising and exciting new drama for the 2012-2013 season. I’m also curious about ABC’s Zero Hour and CW’s Cult. But Revolution is still my top priority.

    I am not a big fan of comedies, but Animal Practice and Guys with Kids look like they’re gonna be very entertaining. Although I still prefer FOX’s The Goodwin Games from all the new comedies for the season, these two are also worth watching.

  • Alaisdair

    ummm smash???

  • Justin121

    What a mess.

    I think, though, that Grimm and all should just preview in August.

    i.e., do not air more peisodes until the official start of the season in September.

  • Jared

    Oh NBC..these shows are thrown all over the place..its hilarious!..hopefully one of them sticks..and mark my words..it WON’T be GO ON..

  • Justin121

    Looking forward to Go On, Animal Practice, and The New Normal.

    Also looking forward to 30 Rock, COmmunity, Parenthood.

  • SJ

    Did the monkey from Animal Practice make this schedule?

    The staggered premieres are a good idea and it worked for ABC last year, but all these sneak previews and time slot switches are going to get confusing for the audience.

    Also, here’s something I don’t quite understand: NBC had three comedies work on Wednesdays at 8pm – Up All Night, Whitney and Off Their Rockers. And instead of capitalizing on that success, however slight, they keep UAN on Thursdays where it struggled, move Whitney to Fridays and keep OTR for mid-season.

    Meanwhile, two completely untried – and incompatible – comedies inherit the tough Wednesday 8pm time slot. What, does NBC just want to make it obvious that Animal Practice and Guys with Kids (along with Chicago Fire, I guess) are just placeholders for The Biggest Loser, which, as one of NBC’s highest rated shows will, of course, lead into a (by then sure to be relocated) SVU. Because that makes sense.

    This is why they’re #4 and will always remain there.

  • tvfreak

    Now I cannot wait for September 17th! I’m sure Revolution is going to be my favorite new show of the season, and I really hope it becomes the show that truly saves NBC.

  • William

    I’m wondering if Grimm starts that early and airs a few episodes on Mondays will the season end real early or will there be a long December/January hiatus for the show…….

  • Justin121


    Good observations (including the monkey one. LOL.)

    Whitney and Up All Night both moving off Wednesdays in order to place MORE new comedies? Lightining doesn’t strike twice — don’t expect it to srike thrice.

    Up All Night – New Comedy – Whitney – New Comedy – SVU

    would’ve made for a fine Wed schedule.

  • Dean_W

    YES !!!! A Two-hour Season Premiere for ‘SVU’. It only mean one thing: the Show will be Renewed for a fifteenth Season ! What network give a two-hour Episode to a Show they don’t trust ?

  • tvfreak

    @Justin121: Ya know, I was kinda wondering why NBC was getting so many sitcom pilots – like, they throw ’em all at the wall and see what sticks. It’s very unlikely all those sitcoms will work. Maybe New Normal and Go On will survive their first seasons because they have name-brand star power, but what about the rest?

    @SJ: Here’s a theory as to why they sent Whiney to Fridays – perhaps NBC realized how horrible a lot of people thought it was, so they decided to banish it to Fridays and kill it slowly. Why they would put Community there, though, is beyond me.

  • Holly


    Why they would put Community there, though, is beyond me.

    perhaps NBC realized how horrible a lot of people thought it was, so they decided to banish it to Fridays and kill it slowly. ;)

  • Holly

    I understand NBC wanting to try to take advantage of the Olympics audience, but this is still a mess.

  • Oliver

    Up All Night – New Comedy – Whitney – New Comedy – SVU

    would’ve made for a fine Wed schedule.

    Whitney would have died up against Modern Family.

    That said, SVU will likely die against Criminal Minds so I guess NBC are screwed either way.

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