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).






  • Joe

    Whatever happened to ‘Whitney’? I liked that comedy.

  • Anthony

    Whatever happened to ‘Whitney’? I liked that comedy.

    I premieres on Wednesday next week.


    @ Joe

    Paired w/ GWK 8:00 Whitney 8:30 Guys WK & Anthony stated 11/7 begin date

  • Steve

    I won’t complain about Community’s time slot. I will be thankful for any new episodes I get.

  • JSunkist

    Since TBL isn’t being mentioned hardly at all, maybe 3-4 posts in now 9 pages, my assumption is NBC did the right thing with it.

    When they say it’d be replaced by The Voice March 25th, wonder if it’ll be a 3-month season, as usually the winter ones last 4 months long. So it could be moved to a new night or something. I just like that it’s two hours. I know there seems to be a lot of “talk” because of it, but to me it keeps it interesting, and a lot of fun things to hear and see. Where an hour, just feels too rushed, even if it gets to the point quicker.

    I look forward to it’s return, and hopefully bigger #s now that it’s not competing against NCIS and NCIS:LA

  • Masterbreel

    Where is LOLA:SVU?

  • Justin121

    Biggest Loser & Deception filling in for Voice & Revolution.

    Smash replaces Parenthood.

    Thursdays will be Community, Parks, Office, 1600 Penn.

    Sunday: all reality.

    Sounds like a good schedule to me.

    Says nothing about Wednesday.

    There’s still Hannibal, Dracula, Chicago Fire, SVU, Whitney, and Guys with Kids.

  • bluejays

    If CBS don’t use this gift to do something about their comedy line up (getting rid of partners and putting 2bg’s after the superbowl) they deserve everything they get.

  • Justin121

    Didn’t know Do No Harm was a Jekyll and Hyde storyline.

    Now I’m even more excited! :D

    Grimm could really use some companionship on Friday. Fright Night!

    I think it’s a mistake to waste Sundays on a Fasion Star or a dating reality series…

  • Paul

    Lol, too funny.

    The way the Eva paragraph reads, it’s a show about making new relationships and connections WITH Eva Langoria. It can be read both ways.

    Not crazy or outgoing in this schedule. NBC is #1 but only because of football and The Voice. January should be interesting. No football or Voice. NBC may be struggling for a bit.

  • a p garcia

    I can’t help but think a 4 month haitus for Revolution will put a BIG dent in the ratings. Viewers will assume to be canceled and tune in to other shows in addition there is DST to deal with.

  • Bob

    Everyone saying that big hiatus’ work for cable are not realizing that not one cable show would make it in broadcast networks. They don’t get near the ratings. When they applaud a 1.3 and it is the highest of the night, you know not a thing would survive network tv including The Walking Dead.

  • Bern

    Is NBC trying to kill Revolution?
    The Voice is a beast on the ratings which Revolution MIGHT come back with good ratings.

  • Brian J

    There’s a lot I want to say about this, but since few are probably bothering to read the thread any more, I will simply say that there’s a lot question here. In no particular order:

    1. Why is “Voice” taking so much time off? Does the network plan to make it go beyond June?

    2. Keeping “Revolution” behind “Voice” is a good idea, if and only if the network uses the down time to try to bring in new viewers in some way. If it fails, then it might not get another season, but that’s understandable. The time off would be bad were it not scheduled to reappear behind the network’s biggest hit.

    3. As I said elsewhere, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the network’s Tuesday comedies. Unless they both plummet and/or the network has a super strong development season, at least one of them will be renewed for next season. If they both stay decent, both will be renewed.

    4. What happens if one of these shows does very well? Does NBC mess with its schedule yet again?

    5. What happens to “Save Me”? What about “UAN”? Then again, the bigger question might be what happens with the rest of NBC’s comedies. You could make a strong case for cleaning house with the exception of either “Go” or “Normal,” and perhaps “Parks,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if that is what happens. This is kind of like a slow motion death fight, particularly given that none of these very questionable shows, i.e. “Kids” or “Whitney,” is well reviewed.

    6. Along the same lines, how many nights of comedy does it want? Assuming at least one if not both of “Go” and “Normal” are renewed, I don’t see them moving from Tuesdays unless NBC finds itself with a break out hit. I would think would keep at least one hour on Thursdays, and quite possibly two. I think there will be at least three hours of comedy no matter what, although where that third hour might go is up in the air. There’s no particularly great spot. Wednesdays is okay, I guess, but it has to lead off the night unless NBC puts a hypothetical break out hit at 8:00. Sundays aren’t an option unless they really try to break the mold with cable-like scheduling (and perhaps style, too) after football. There’s probably no use trying to launch shows on Tuesdays at 8:00. That leaves Thursdays at 8:00 (in addition to 9:00) or Fridays. Even ABC tries to go back to four comedies on Fridays, NBC could try to do the same. But its most high profile new comedy, the Michael J. Fox show, is more family oriented, and there’s no way it is launching that on Friday. Perhaps Monday, then, as I’ve been suggesting?

    7. What about “Do No Harm” and “Hannibal”? You could make a case for putting at least one of them on Fridays, but both? I still think NBC should give “SVU” the boot to Fridays or end its season really, really early, doubling up on episodes if need be, and then putting at least one if not both of them paired with “Grimm” on Wednesdays. That is, unless “Whitney” does really well or NBC has absolutely no confidence in either one of the new dramas.

    If anyone is still reading this really long post, I will simply say that NBC needs to be aggressive, but this schedule seems…odd. Seems like they just want to burn through this season’s shows and start fresher next season.

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