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).






  • Ram510

    So Tuesdays will be an hour of Betty followed by Go On, TNN and Deception. Don’t know how that’ll wil out for Go On

  • John A

    TWD was off the air what 7 months and came back to series high ratings. If Revolution crashes its not NBC fault.

  • Nick

    Am I the only one who thinks this schedule is brilliant?

    The Biggest Loser in place of The Voice is the best move for keeping the slot warm, exactly what The Bachelor does with DWTS (although, I’m betting The Bachelor will outrate DWTS this year). And a mystery/thriller/genre show at 10pm is also smart, airing against two procedurals that cancel each other out most of the time.

    Betty will be able to pull 1.5-2.0 on Tuesdays, possibly higher in the 8:30 slot, which should allow the comedies to maintain low to mid 2’s, which for NBC is just fine. Smash at 10pm is also brilliant – not to come off wrong, Smash out of The New Normal is, well, a good fit.

    Wednesdays are nothing to write home about right now, but they’re solid. With Whitney returning, the 8pm should improve. Hate on Whitney all you want, but it does solid low 1s/high 2s, which is better than what they got now. And SVU and Chicago Fire are also doing okay. Are they winning the night? No. But they’re keeping the train rolling.

    1600 Penn looks good. I’m hoping it’ll do some good numbers. The Office could grow some as it heads toward the series finale. Community/Parks & Rec should be mid/high 1s, as usual. I have to question, though, with comedies and dramas still on the backburner, and with the election over, why they chose to keep Rock Center at 10pm. They should have put a drama there, or perhaps even Celebrity Apprentice.

    They need to find a show for Grimmat 8pm. Dracula?

    And Sundays – well, I won’t be surprised if Celebrity Apprentice ends up staying 2 hours, as it always does. It should be that way. If they could find a stronger lead-in for it at 8pm, it would do just fine 9-11pm.

  • Johnnie P

    I love how everyone gives out about NBCs schedule it was the same when they anncounced their September Schedule and they end up winning 3-4 nights with it !

  • Greg

    I wouldn’t worry about Revolution. With The Voice’s huge lead in and the great numbers it has been performing so far, the show would probably just be building hype during this hiatus. And even if people forget about the show, they would still remember to watch it because it’s airing after The Voice.

    I would worry about Go On and (specially) The New Normal. I doubt they can stand on their own. And with The Office getting its worst ratings ever, I can’t possibly see 1600 Penn getting renewed.

  • sam

    Do No Harm should go before GRIMM, since it is a Jekyll and Hyde storyline. Hannibal will either be Wednesday or Thursday. I prefer Wednesday, ’cause I watch Elementary Thursdays.. I love anything Sherlock.. (BBC’s series, RDJ’s movies, PBS’s series, HOUSE.. I also miss Lie to Me .. it’s all good)

    I’m kinda sad about Up All Night. I liked it the way it was and where it was.. Oh well, I’m looking forward to 1600 Penn. Unfortunately, TBBT is gonna cream Community again.

  • ragincajun

    This is awesome news!!!!!

    FOR CBS!!!!!!!

    With no competition from The Voice and DWTS, FOX’s airing older skewing dramas, and ABC and NBC’s fighting for the fat loney women demo, CBS has a chance to totally relaunch its comedy block. If 2BG does not get the post-Super Bowl timeslot, Les and Nina really do have their heads up their asses.

  • Kangarookeeper

    What happened to Fashion Star?

  • DaxJackson

    Super excited for Smash to return, though I’m not getting my hopes up, still don’t know how it wasn’t cancelled with it’s ratings… will enjoy it while it lasts.

  • MJDB

    At first when I saw they were taking over a 3 month break for Revolution I was worried, but now I see that it will return from hiatus when the new season of The Voice starts, so I think it will likely avoid the fate of the similarly timed The Event, so it should get renewed for a second season. My guess though, is by March, it will proabably get bumped down from Certain Renewal to Likely Renewal, though.

  • Art

    You’ve got to be kidding NBC! I like Revolution, I quit watching Hawaii five-o
    the see this show.(I can only record 2 shows). But now I am going back to 5-0 and forgetting Revolution altogether. I should have known, never going to take a chance with NBC again.

  • Ultima

    You’ve got to be kidding NBC! I like Revolution, I quit watching Hawaii five-o the see this show.(I can only record 2 shows). But now I am going back to 5-0 and forgetting Revolution altogether. I should have known, never going to take a chance with NBC again.

    *eats handful of popcorn*

  • martin

    finally, they let us know when Smash will premiere! Tuesdays suite me fine!

  • KevinY

    I would’ve done:

    Tuesday 9 pm Go On, 9:30 1600 Penn

    Wednesday 8 pm Parks and Rec, 8:30 Community

    Thursday 8 pm Chicago Fire (it’s already gonna burn…now Big Bang can speed up the process) 9 pm The Office 9:30 The New Normal

    Friday 8 pm Whitney 8:30 Guys with Kids

    I like Deception at 10 pm Mondays.


    Lets remember how much people bashed NBC’s moves of moving the Voice to the fall and then against X Factor and a bunch of other stuff. Lately they have been making the right moves. Maybe they are hold Revolution to protect it and also so it doesn’t run with repeats. IMO starting the Voice in March might have to do with first giving the current Blake/Adam a two month break from the show and then starting the show all over again. Plus the Voice could run into the summer aka June with AGT as its lead-in. It worked in season 1. I heard the spring version with have 12 contestants on each team it will be smaller. Also give the Voice a three month break plus let Idol do its thing and then the Voice comes out once Idol starts live shows.

  • SJ

    So 30 Rock wraps in January, Parks and Rec moves to 8:30, Community back in its old time slot and 1600 Penn gets the Office lead-in. Just like I predicted.

    And wow, in an episode of TV Line’s “Spoiler Alert”, Yvette Nicole Brown of Community joked about how their Halloween episode is going to fall on Valentine’s Day. And what do you know – it falls EXACTLY on that date (it’s the season’s second episode). But I’m always ready for NBC to pull some crap like hold it back and air it as part of season 5 (should Community get one) or keep it as a DVD/syndication extra…

    Ugh, I hope Deception fails after two episodes. It is such a blatant ripoff of Revenge, Mike Kelley should actually sue them for copyright infringement. There’s even an episode of Revenge titled Deception!!! Too bad about Do No Harm, it’s the only drama on NBC I was going to check out.

    Putting Revolution on an extended hiatus is stupid and I hope it comes back to bite them in the ass.

  • ABC hater

    WTF are doing with Revolution? Move it to another timeslot already (Wed @ 8, as the comedies won’t do a thing there).

  • Billy martins

    Well Matt your concern about Chicago fire is that NBC has pick up Chicago fire not a full season but still a handful of 5 episodes giving it a total of 18 episode run.

  • Networkman

    I really like Deception airing after The Biggest Loser on Monday night @10pm. Also, I assumed that Smash would take over Parenthood’s timeslot. What I don’t like is Community once again being put on @8pm against The Big Bang Theory. And I don’t feel a new show such as 1600 Penn should debut on Thursday night with the low rated NBC comedies. Why not put it or The New Normal on Tuesday @8:30 after Off Their Rockers? And then they could put the second Off Their Rockers on Thursday night.

    8pm Off Their Rockers
    8:30pm The New Normal
    9pm Go On
    9:30pm 1600 Penn
    10pm Smash

    8pm Off Their Rockers
    8:30 Parks & Rec
    9pm The Office
    9:30 Community

  • Anthony

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


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