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).






  • Mike

    When is Revolution going to air the last 3-4 episodes?

    If they go on hiatus at the end of November they will have aired 9-10 episodes depending on whether they have a new episode on the last Monday of the month.

    There is only room for 9 episodes between March 25 and May 20th (assuming season will end before Memorial Day).

  • Dan

    Yeah NBC can’t split The Voice and Revolution up even if Revolution is getting a FlashForward and Event situation

  • DryedMangoez

    So no Hannibal or Do No Harm :( I smell the next Awake.

  • Joe

    No Hannibal ? That sucks


    Some good ideas and some not so good ideas.

    “The Good”
    The return of Biggest Loser spread-out to 2 nights a week…reminds me of The Bachelor taking over for DWTS
    Smash returns on low rated Tuesdays where it’s weak numbers won’t look so bad
    Betty White period.

    “The Bad”
    Revolution off for months is not good, hiding it behind The Voice also makes one wonder how vulnerable the show really is, especially with its 2 rivals down for the count
    The Voice starting late is a mistake IMO…it should start in late February. My reasons is that NBC has only 1 true hit and the Voice is it…everything else that hits (Less Grimm) is connected by timeslot therefore it is very possible NBC loses momentum on both Monday and Tuesday and Lord only know there is no momentum on the other nights.
    1600 Penn should launch on Tuesday, putting it on NBC’s most pathetic night will only kill it.

    Celebrity Apprentice and the Eva Longoria new show are a bust

  • pig_man

    Hmm, I wonder if both The Voice and Revolution will air new episodes into June?

  • luisl

    The midseason finale of Revolution is episode 10.

    And they’re gonna air episodes in June.

  • Mi

    @Samunto Revenge had a long break last year and didn’t drop that much when it returned, and it’s getting better ratings this year than during spring last year, so I guess eventually the break paid off..

  • John A

    Hopefully Revolution crashes with that break but unlikely as NBC will protect it with the voice.

  • Cyrax86

    @Mi, That Revenge break was surely not 4 months, I recall 6 weeks or something like that. Nor it was the highest rated rookie show of the season…

  • Mi

    @Cyrax86 It was long enough and it didn’t have as strong lead-in as Revolution has, so I think Revolution will do okay after the break.

  • Ram510

    I still have so many questions. Where’s Do No Harm, Save Me and Hannible? And what about Wednesday comedy block? Are they waiting to see how Guys With Kids performs with Whitney before announcing the back 9 or will that be where Sve Me eventually goes?

    But I called it this morning, Smash will be on Tuesdays

  • Ram510

    And I thought Fashion Star and Do No Harm were supposed to go on Sundays

  • Mike

    FYI, the largest break for Revenge last season was 6 weeks.

    They had an episode on Nov. 23, next on Dec. 7, then took a 4 week break and aired 3 episodes in January (4th, 11th and 18th). Took 2 weeks off and aired 3 episodes in February. There was 6 weeks between new episodes on 2/29 and 4/18

  • Joe

    Why i have this feeling that Hannibal is going to be the next DAY ONE

  • Buddy

    Does NBC not remember when ABC tried this long hiatus strategy with Lost and it FAILED miserably, resulting in a ratings drop Lost never recovered from! And what about New Girl whose huge ratings turned to so-so ratings after a long baseball hiatus just last season! NBC, this is a foolish idea. Broadcast is not like cable, you cannot go off the air for 4 months and return without consequence.


    I’m thinking holding The Voice/RVN until Mar will meet the May Sweeps & end on a High Note. Think viewers will be back since cable does this alot (Closer, several TNT & FX shows). This is a good strategy.

    With Off TR Tues 8-9 they now have a 2-hr comedy block & should be able to sustain 2.0. Smash should be able to maintain/exceeds Parenthood’s average.

  • Ultima

    you cannot go off the air for 4 months and return without consequence

    Doesn’t every network do this with basically every show every summer?

  • Cyrax86

    @Buddy, When was that with Lost? Because filler episodes and some plot decisions have been credited for the declines, not that anyone can know for sure. Or you mean when it became a midseason show?

  • Yusei

    What about the other dramas such as “Dracula”, “Crossbones” and so forth.

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