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).






  • Kevin

    So Smash’s lead in is what? TNN?

  • Californiadgd

    GO 1600 PENN!

  • TVDude

    Wow, not the best schedule, but I wish NBC luck.

  • EatMorePez

    A four month break for Revolution? Yeah, that worked out great for “V” on ABC didn’t it?

  • DuMont

    I like the way NBC at mid-season is shaping up, but some questions remain.

    Has the network indicated what’s going in on Fridays at 8-9 pm? As we saw last Friday, a sympatico, Nielsen-friendly lead-in really helps to boost ‘Grimm’. Could the network be considering a couple of shortflight series in this slot, say ‘Animal Practice’/’Next Caller’ burn-offs, maybe a few more pilot showcasings, and then a small order of 4-6 ‘MockingBird Lane’ episodes for spring?

    I’m assuming ‘Dateline’ goes in Sundays at 7 pm, but I wonder what NBC is going to slot in at 9 pm when ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ shrinks down to one hour 10-11 pm.

  • Tony ^_^

    Now things get interesting! Without “The Voice” for almost 3 months in 2013, I wonder how NBC ratings will look. I’m especially interested to see how their Monday line-up does considering how it was a ratings-mess the past couple of years (last Spring and this Fall excluded because of “The Voice”).

    And poor “Community.” Moved to a new night. Premiere was pushed back. And now it’s pushed back again.

    Lol at “Revolution” taking a long break. Hasn’t NBC learned from the past? Remember “The Event”? Especially in the spring when ratings are lower… Though I think it will get a second season if it stays above a 2.5…

  • were123

    Didn’t a 4 months hiatus killed V back to when it had high ratings? But of course, V didn’t had The Voice so it might not hurt Revolution at all

  • Brian

    I hope NBC comes to their senses ans relaize hiatusing Revolution that long will cause a major drop. Any series that waits that long loses many viewers. Look at what happened to FlashForward.

  • Dan S

    I can’t believe Revolution is getting pulled for 4 months. Hopefully people will remember to check back in March. Where is Do No Harm ? That was scheduled to be on Sundays at 10pm. I’m assuming there will be a followup to announce further debuts shortly. I’m looking forward to 1600 Penn & if it’s as good as expected it could eventually anchor Thur at 9p after The Office ends. Still waiting to hear about Hannibal.

  • Bob Saget

    Is NBC trying to tank the network?

  • Helena

    What about Save Me?

  • Krista

    @ricardo if I’m not mistaken Parenthood only has a 15 episode season so it should be done airing by then.

  • Norman

    The Event tanked because it’s ratings were already falling like a rock and really low. Breaks don’t kill shows people want to see.

  • Oliver

    Go On/TNN are going to get destroyed with Betty White’s Off Their Rockers as their lead-in.

  • HGFM

    “Revolution is going to be off air from November to March?”

    Revolution has only aired 6 episodes. They have 7 more to air this fall to use the original 13 order. They will stop in December, not November.
    But a three month break will hurt them.

  • Raykov

    At first sight it’s dumb for Revolution to have a 4-month break, but it may not be the worst thing. AMC does this to its shows wit breaks this big, but when they return there’s new episodes every week, so it may help with a serialized series such as Revolution. Also losing it’s strong lead-in (The Voice) may hurt more the show than the break.

  • Neil

    — The Season’s Newest Hit “Revolution” Returns March 25

    And I thought waiting till February the 7th for Community was bad.

  • Sid

    Damn it NBC! I was hoping NBC would give the post Voice slot.

  • Leondre

    The four month break for The Voice will make it seem less over-exposed but it will probably kill Revolution. Also: Are they keeping Rock Center in it’s slot for the rest year because that would just be horrible.

  • Fynn

    I think its best to keep Revolution with The Voice, people will return in the same way they’ll return with the Voice. That way NBC can keep the show strong and with less repeats, I think the reason serialized shows like The Event & Flashforward lost momentum happened for a number of reasons 1) They lost momentum in The Fall anyway, 2) They didn’t have large lead-ins for their returns. Plus Revolution will be promoted with The Voice’s return so I don’t think NBC is killing it, in fact the opposite, I think its the best move the network could have made.

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