NBC Announces Mid-Season Schedule Including 'Community', 'Smash', 'Deception' & '1600 Penn' Premiere Dates

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October 30th, 2012

via press release:






-- New Drama “Deception” (Formerly “Infamous”) January 7


-- New Comedy “1600 Penn” January 10


-- New Relationship Series "Ready for Love" from Eva Longoria March 31




-- “The Voice” Begins Fourth Cycle March 25/26


-- The Season's Newest Hit “Revolution” Returns March 25


-- "The Biggest Loser" Weighs in January 6/7 with Return of Jillian Michaels


-- “Smash” Dances Back to the Schedule February 5 with Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson


-- “Community” Returns February 7


--“The Celebrity Apprentice” Debuts March 3


-- “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” Comes Back January 8






UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 30, 2012 – NBC today announced changes to its 2013 primetime mid-season schedule highlighted by the premieres of three new series, including comedy "1600 Penn," from one of the architects of "Modern Family"; an intriguing drama "Deception" (formerly “Infamous”); and producer Eva Longoria's big reality relationship show "Ready for Love."


In addition, several of the network's biggest hits will return, including "The Voice" with new coaches Usher and Shakira; fall hit "Revolution"; "Smash," featuring Jennifer Hudson; and "The Biggest Loser," with some innovative changes to the format and the return of Jillian Michaels.


Further scheduling announcements will be forthcoming.


Following are the highlights of the changes:




The new drama “Deception” – starring Meagan Good (“Think Like a Man”), Victor Garber (“Alias”), Tate Donovan (“Damages”) and Katherine LaNasa (“Alfie”) in a dark family murder mystery -- debuts on January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET). Preceding “Deception” is the new season of “The Biggest Loser” which returns with a two-night premiere on Sunday, January 6 (9-11 p.m. ET) and Monday, January 7 (8-10 p.m. ET), and will continue on Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) until the return of "The Voice."


“The Voice” maintains its momentum as it returns March 25 for a fourth season (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET). It continues its two-night Monday/Tuesday schedule as it did this fall. “Revolution” -- the season’s only bona fide new hit series -- will return and follow “The Voice” on March 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) when it concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November.




Last year’s acclaimed musical drama “Smash” makes its much-anticipated return with a two-hour episode on February 5 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson -- and will resume on Tuesday, February 12 (10-11 p.m. ET) in its regular day and time. “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” premieres on January 8 with back-to-back episodes (8-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30-9 p.m. ET) and will continue in that hour each Tuesday.


“The Voice” also will return on Tuesdays on March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET).






"1600 Penn"


The new comedy “1600 Penn” -- starring Bill Pullman (“Independence Day”), Jenna Elfman (“Dharma and Greg”) and Josh Gad (Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) as a typical American family who just happen to live in the White House -- debuts on January 10 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). Jason Winer, Emmy-winning director of "Modern Family" is co-creator and director. The critically hailed comedy “Community” returns on February 7 (8-8:30 p.m. ET). “Parks and Recreation” moves up one hour on the Thursday schedule to 8:30-9 p.m. (ET) on January 17.




The new alternative series “Ready for Love” -- an innovative and dramatic new relationship show about making real connections with executive producer Eva Longoria – premieres Sunday, March 31 (8-10 p.m. ET). Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” resumes with an “All-Star” edition of former celebrity contestants on March 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) for four weeks before continuing in one-hour episodes on Sunday, March 31 (10-11 p.m. ET).






  • Ultima

    — “The Voice” Begins Fourth Cycle March 25/26
    — The Season’s Newest Hit “Revolution” Returns March 25


  • Jeff (Canada)

    So Revolution is taking a 4-month break??? Way to kill your biggest new scripted show in years, NBC.

  • Oliver


    — “The Voice” Begins Fourth Cycle March 25/26

  • River

    What a freaking mess.

  • Scarlett

    Revolution is going to be off air from November to March? Seems a very unwise move to take their only scipted show that can reach a 3 and pull it off air for months, especially considering it’s still a new show and is heavily serialised in nature.
    There have been several new serialised shows that have been absent for this length in recent seasons and come back to a massive drop in viewers. If I didn’t know better I’d think they were trying to kill it!

  • River

    Revolution premiered early, likely needed December off to catch up with production. But if it came back in January, not only would it need pre-emptions for the remainder of the episodes and still wouldn’t stretch until May sweeps. Better to run uninterrupted. Besides, it’s not going to last long (anyone remember Heroes?)

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Also Parks & Rec is getting moved to 8:30pm. Not sure how I feel about this, but I AM looking forward to watching the entire NBC comedy Thursday lineup again (Community, Parks, Office, 1600 Penn).

  • steven

    Wow. 1600 Penn might be able to do well, but thats pretty much it for the new shows listed above.

  • Spike

    omg NBC never learns, why put a serialized show on a 4 months break. AGAIN??? idiots

    The Event 2.0

  • Ultima


    Oh yeah, I’m eating crow on the whole The Voice/Revolution returning no later than the first week of February stuff.

    I seriously don’t get it.

  • Bobby

    Didn’t NBC’s ‘The Event’ take like a 3 month break b/c they thought ratings would go up but it tanked even more? Why is revolution taking a break??

  • Jeff (Canada)

    I would rather Revolution take the usual 6-week break, come back in January, and run uninterrupted (for the most part) until a season finale in early April.

    With how they have it now, it WILL return to at least a 25% ratings drop.

  • halloween

    great job nbc…not

  • Spencer

    So..Community going up against Big Bang? Nice NBC.

  • Cyrax86

    Wednesdays untouched then? Save Me is the new Friends With Benefits/Best Friends Forever/Bent? And why are midseason schedules announced so early this season? It used to be closer to Thanksgiving.

  • Oliver

    Wonder what NBC plan to do with Save Me…

  • steve

    Way to kill your only scripted drama that can hit above a 3 NBC

  • rob60990

    So Revolution will never not air without its big lead in. Pathetic.

    I like the title change for Infamous to Deception and its getting a decent lead in.

    The voice will definitely go into the summer.

  • Ricardo

    So… Parenthood is doing fantastic and they take it off the timeslot? WTF?

  • Matt

    Where’s Chicago Fire? Does this mean it’s a 13 episode season only? Or canceled or can it still get a back 9?

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