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).






  • Sid

    ^ I’m talking about Deception.

  • Paul

    Having a show for mo 4 months works for cable.

  • Jamiestp

    Sounds like a Jack donaghy move lol

  • SherLOCKED

    YES! Finally a date for Community!!!

    AND it’s back to Thurs!!!

  • Tyler

    While I actually think it will be in Parenthood’s favor to not get a full season (ratings will slowly tank in the spring and once again Parenthood will avoid that), I just don’t get why they don’t give it more episodes. The show’s number are fantastic when compared to their other dramas. It’s so reliable!

  • Mike, DDS

    Yeah those big hiatuses in the middle of first seasons always do real well. Just ask fans of V and FlashForward (if you can find any)

  • Chris L

    “relationship show about making real connections with executive producer Eva Longoria”

    Tell me more!! … wait, what?

  • Ultima

    Wonder what NBC plan to do with Save Me…

    It will probably find its way to Wednesday.

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

    That they said nothing is good news for Chicago Fire; they’re not planning on replacing it at the moment.

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

    It looks like the plan was to split the 50+ episodes Parenthood needed for syndication over three seasons. The bad news is shorter seasons, the good news is that right now it’s a lock for renewal.

    So Smash’s lead in is what? TNN?


    Has the network indicated what’s going in on Fridays at 8-9 pm?

    No; in the near future it is Go On and Guys With Kids repeats.

    I’m assuming ‘Dateline’ goes in Sundays at 7 pm

    Of course.

    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.

    Fashion Star would be my guess.

  • River

    Four month breaks don’t kill shows. Bad shows kill shows.

  • Cerebro

    I just don’t understand why everyone always makes such a big stink about a show taking a 3 month mid-season hiatus. You people DO realize that every show takes 3 months off between seasons? How is this any different? Give us a good cliffhanger to whet our appetites for the back half of the season and promote it to the hilt when the return date approaches. If you like the show, enjoy the break, then come back and watch it when it returns. What’s the problem?

  • Ultima

    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.

    Oh, duh, I misread it. It will be Ready For Love from 8-10pm, then Apprentice from 10-11pm.

  • RG-X


    LAME ! – I see NBC wants the Voice & Revolution to be back to back but come on…4 months off the air?

    I see taking a Thanksgiving thru New Years break and return In Mid January ….but returning at the end of March?

    NBC I had you wrong – I thought you were getting better – now you proved me wrong.

    And I just found out you only have 15 episodes set for Parenthood this season – you need more episodes ordered!

    Double lame if you don’t! (Oh and SMASH is dumb – cancel it!)

  • Dan S

    With Do No Harm off the Sunday schedule that leaves Wed at 10pm to replace Chicago Fire or Thur replacing Rock Center. Hannibal will likely get Wed or Thur not sure about Fri.

  • The Mike Factor

    SO Celeb Apprentice is now 10-11, where does that push Do No Harm?

  • spike

    so Do No Harm gets burnt off over the summer?

  • RG-X

    It’s NOT a 3-month Break – it’s a 4- month break

    All of Dec, All of Jan, All of Feb and returns the last Monday in March = 4 months.

  • Ali

    And they just killed both The voice and Smash with this messy schedule…. do they never learn? a 4 months hiatus SERIOUSLY…SERIOUSLY????

  • Ultima

    @The Mike Factor
    where does that push Do No Harm?

    It could replace Chicago Fire, Rock Center, or land on Fridays.

  • Cyrax86

    Yeah I wanted to mention Do No Harm as well, originally it was meant for Sundays starting January. There’s also Hannibal, possibly waiting for Chicago Fire to fade away…

  • Doug

    The Voice is obviously going to run into the summer now – perhaps NBC wants to buffet each edition with 3 months of space? That would make sense.

    As for Revolution, NBC has been trying to move more toward the cable model with its serialized shows. Viewers don’t abandon The Walking Dead despite it not being on the air for 8 months of the year, so I don’t think they’ll abandon Revolution either – it seems to be a stable hit.

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