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).






  • eridapo

    Even NBC knows the Voice would get cream by H50 and Castle without The Voice.

  • Ultima

    Please look at a calender for the rest of 2012.
    Revolution has 7 more episodes in its original 13 episode order. If they run 1 hour a week starting with November 5, they will end on December 17.

    The press release says Revolution’s fall finale is in November.

    Also, they already have something else (Take It All) scheduled in its timeslot on 17 December.

  • Phill


  • RG-X


    See Press releases above as read:

    “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.

    When it CONCLUDES it’s broadcast in November NOT continues.
    If it conlcudes in Novemeber that means NO episodes air in December.

    Unless it is written wrong – then REVOLUTION ENDS in NOV & RETURNS IN MARCH = 4 month hiatus not 3

  • Colin

    What about Hannibal?

  • Douglas from Brazil


    You said last time that The Voice would return in February not in mid-March right?

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Put Revolution on hiatus is a big mistake.NBC already did this with The Event and ratings crushed.My guess is that the network think the show cannot live without a strong lead-in.Their fear is that put the show on test alone without The Voice and ratings go low.

  • Jared

    Really looking forward to Deception with Meagan Good. I’ve been waiting for this series since I first heard about it.

  • Tony ^_^

    I have a feeling that “Revolution” will have a “Fringe”-type ratings decline.

    The first season will have a big lead-in (“Fringe” had “American Idol” and “House” (??) in hopes that the show will build an audience. The ratings will be good enough to warrant a second season.

    The second season will have the show moved to another night to anchor/improve ratings for that night, and so that a new show can get the lead-in. Show will premiere well and will then decline as the season goes on.

    And after that, renewal will be based upon if the show did well in its second season or if NBC wants to make fans happy by continuing the show even if they are losing money.

  • Leondre

    I wish people would stop comparing Revolution to The Event. Revolution will still a have a strong lead in and a good rating for it’s fall finale(Unlike The Event which could only pull a 1.9 for it’s faall finale)

  • HGFM


    But that doesn’t add up. Revolution is listed as having 22 episodes/hours. Unless they are planning on running into June, there would be nine in the spring. That leaves 13 in the fall. They have shown 6 already which leaves 7. There are only 4 Mondays in November. So where are the other three hours?

  • Ultima

    You said last time that The Voice would return in February not in mid-March right?

    Yup! Eating crow… :(

  • Cyrax86

    @DonJ1973, Will that Crossbones thing actually premiere during this season?

  • eridapo


    My previous post
    Even NBC knows the Voice would get cream by H50 and Castle without The Voice.

    should have been

    Even NBC knows Revolution would get cream by H50 and Castle without The Voice.

  • Ultima

    So where are the other three hours?

    Two-hour fall finale and a two-night/three-hour season finale? :)

  • Silvio

    So Revolution stays at Monday, that’s solved.
    But Do No Harm removal from Sunday creates new puzzle.
    It may mean they think it stinks, and is out of schedule for foreseeable future.
    But it also may mean Do No Harm is getting Wednesday 10PM instead of Hannibal. Which then should get Friday 8PM slot. On one side, Hannibal should be very compatible with Grimm. But I thought NBC had higher than Friday night hopes for that show.

  • KevinY

    Deception should be awesome. Hope it’s the next Revenge! I wonder if the short order should be reason for concern though.


    Impressive schedule

    Can’t wait to see Jennifer Hudson in Smash. Like to see how Betty White has come to save the day & 8-9 Tues is smart. Thurs comedy block just got interesting too.

    Will never, ever, ever give up TGW for Eva L, like ever!

  • Samunto

    I can’t remember any new network drama that took such a long break and came back strong. But it’ll still have The Voice as lead-in so that’s sth. But that’s still a biiiiig gamble for NBC. I would have kept it on air in some form. Maybe they could air repeats on Saturdays. But well, this works on cable ( what NBC must have thought).
    The Voice will be extremely short.

    FOX dramas may have a chance to get decent audiences against soft realities on ABC & NBC.
    If 1600Penn does well, one of the dramas still in the wings could be launched around March Thursdays at 10pm.

    Smash has to bring it’s own audience as TNN will be such a poor lead-in.

  • Dan

    Parenthood and smash need a Tuesday night timsehare. Smash replacing it was inevitable. It can be said presumably that Whitney guys Witg kids, SVU and Chicago Fire will retain their current slits through May. I can see Up All Night replacing Guys Witg Kids in March

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