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).






  • ddddddddddddd

    Anticipated Returns:


    Lol. This show is going to be cancelled by the end of this season.

  • Hmm

    I don’t gett the fuss over hold Revolution to go with The Voice. (I don’t watch either show though.) Without The Voice, Revolution would likely not be doing as well as it is. Makes sense to me, but is less than wonderful for viewers.

  • RyanCanada

    why the long break for Revolution WTF, so stupid, and lol @ feb for community, but its funny because Canada starts airing Community Nov 7 lol, not that i watch it but lol

  • BigBrotherFan

    READY FOR LOVE looks horrible..nice way to kill the CA, NBC! AGH
    I can’t see more reality trash like this getting more than a 2.0!
    so what does that mean for Fashion Star? lol

    Oh and I dont even watch REVOLUTION but yet another really DUMB move pulling it for 3 months. THE EVENT? V? FLASHFOWARD? HELLO?

    SMASH will be cancelled this season for sure! LOL THE NEW NORMAL as a lead-in? haha that show can barely manage a 2.0 which is exactly where GOON will be without the VOICE as a leadi-in. I LIKE GOON but let’s be real! THE NEW NORMAL will sink to 1.2-1.5 numbers by March.

    DECEPTION looks pretty sweet, though! I’m rooting for it.

  • RG-X

    NBC: Do less replacement shows to the shows that are successful and order bonus episodes of the successful shows to carry you thru the year and maintain rating status and charge more dollars for the advertising like REVOLUTION.

    I can’t see NBC having too many shows over 3.0 to replace 4 months of Revolution for a show that will be only 1.9 in the demos.

  • Ultima

    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.

    I wonder if they’ll move Ameica’s Got Talent permanently to Tuesday/Wednesday and mimic ABC’s year-round reality competition schedule.

  • Ultima

    I wonder if they’ll move Ameica’s Got Talent permanently to Tuesday/Wednesday

    I meant Monday/Tuesday, obviously. :(

  • RG-X


    Just because it comes back in March doesn’t make it 3 months!

  • Tom

    Wow, Save Me and Do No Harm are so iffy they don’t even make the sweeps schedule. What happened to Hannibal – NBC was talking it up like it was their Spring focus! And Rock Center will continue to air as is?!

    CF doesn’t have a lot of leash, with Hannibal waiting in the wings.

  • Brandy

    Looking forward to Smash,only on NBC I watch.

  • Oliver

    This is a pretty weird schedule. NBC is going to extremely badly from January to March.

    I think the late March premiere date for The Voice suggests that NBC are doubling down on Summer. I wonder if they’re targeting year-round programming rather than traditional seasons, hence Hannibal/Dracula/Crossbones.

  • Oliver


    And Rock Center will continue to air as is?!

    I didn’t even notice that. Wow.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Tom Hannible looks horrible, NBC came to their senses there but honestly ROCK CENTRE is still on that sched?

  • RyanCanada

    So i wonder why canada is starting to air it Nov 7 lol

  • KT


    Ditto, only show I watch on NBC is Smash, and I’ve been DYING for it to return.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Ryancanada I am sure that NBC has a clause with CIYTV that will prevent them from doing such a thing.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I meant CITYTV

  • MDM

    Hopefully Revolution’s finale captivates the audience into eagerly anticipating it’s return a la Breaking Bad, Walking Dead hopefully leading to a big return rating..

  • Ultima

    Note on the Wednesday shows, Rock Center, etc.

    If you notice, there were no additional shows being identified as being replaced in this press release (it was already known that Parenthood, Up All Night, 30 Rock and Sunday Night Football were being replaced).

  • Cyrax86

    @Ultima, So basically right now they can’t decide whether Guys With Kids & Chicago Fire deserve a full season or not.

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