NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for New Season Including 'The Voice', 'The Blacklist', 'The Michael J Fox Show', 'Grimm', 'Revolution' & More

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June 21st, 2013


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‘The Voice,’ With the Original Coaches, Premieres Sept. 23 Followed By ‘The Blacklist’; One Hour of ‘The Michael J. Fox’ Show Debuts Sept. 26 Following an Hourlong Episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — June 21, 2013 — NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which include the launch of two highly-anticipated new shows: “The Blacklist” on Sept. 23 and the series debut of “The Michael J. Fox Show” with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 26.

“The Blacklist,” starring James Spader as an international criminal who works with a rookie FBI agent in order to bring down some of the world’s most wanted, begins Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m., immediately following the fifth-season two-hour premiere of “The Voice” at 8 p.m. that will reunite the four original coaches: Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. (All times are ET.)

“Chicago Fire” will begin its second season at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 following the Tuesday edition of “The Voice.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the sophomore season of “Revolution” will begin the night in its new time period at 8 o’clock, followed by the season premiere of the 15th season of “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m. in which Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will be fighting for her life against a madman.

Highly-acclaimed comedy “Parks and Recreation” will launch its sixth season with an hourlong episode at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 that takes the show to London. That will be followed by back-to-back episodes for the debut of “The Michael J. Fox Show,” starring the iconic actor as a father and husband returning to work as a news reporter in New York after a brief leave of absence to get his Parkinson’s under control.

“Parenthood,” which is beginning its fifth season this year, moves into the 10 p.m. time period on Sept 26 (immediately following “The Michael J. Fox Show”) with special guest star Ray Romano.

“Dateline NBC” will premiere with a two-hour episode Friday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.

The new Blair Underwood-starring action drama “Ironside” will begin its run at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

New first-year comedies “Welcome to the Family” (8:30 p.m.) — about the clash between two families forced to deal with the surprise pregnancy and marriage of their teenage kids — and “Sean Saves the World” (9 p.m.) — bringing Sean Hayes back to NBC as a single dad balancing his teenage daughter, opinionated mother and overbearing boss — both launch Thursday, Oct. 3

The debut for the third season of “Grimm” will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. That will be immediately followed by the series launch of “Dracula,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the iconic character returning to Victorian England to seek revenge on those who doomed him to immortal hell. Appropriately, both shows will launch within a week of Halloween.

The night will be led off at 8 p.m. with “Dateline NBC,” as the newsmagazine will shift to its regular timeslot.

And finally, “The Biggest Loser” will start its newest cycle with an hourlong telecast at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

  • Justin121

    Previews and scattered premeires are NOT the way to go.

    This is a lot better.

    NBC currently has an ok schedule.

    Voice will be the Voice. A hit.

    Blackilst will premeire decently, ~3.0.

    Chicago Fire will grow, +2.5.

    Parks and SVU will be Parks and SVU, 1.5-1.7.

    Ditto Parenthood, though I guess it’ll shed a couple of tenths from its usual 1.7-1.9.

    Grimm-Dracual duo premeiring later is a good idea.

    Michael J. Fox I’m afraid won’t premeire that big, ~2.5.

    The rest of the new shows, and Revolution, will be the real blackholes on the NBC schedule.

    I just can’t see Ironsaide, Welcome to the Family, or Sean Saves the World working. I just can’t.

  • Ultima

    I just realized NBC won’t be testing any shows after AGT finale episodes like they usually do unless it will be announced at a later time.

    They will have the Million Second Quiz in the 8pm timeslot, so the finale has to run from 9-11pm; I’m guessing the performance finale will probably be two hours long as well.

  • Ultima

    How soon until ABC announces Grey’s and Scandal are each getting 90-minute premieres?

    Considering that the last (and only) time ABC started a new episode of Grey’s Anatomy at 8pm was the season premeire in 2006, I would assume never.

    Additionally, ABC is high on the Once spinoff, so why would they delay the premiere?

  • StevenD

    Parks is going to London?!?!? That’s exciting, I wonder why?

    An hour long Parks and an hour long MHF will keep me on NBC for two hours

    I was kind of hoping Nbc would do the 3 day premiere week like last year, so that Revolution could air at 9 after it for the first airing then move to 8, but 8 has less direct competition so I guess it’s fine

    I also like the late Friday night starts

    The Blacklist/ Chicago Fire should do fine with its time slots. Curious so see how many weeks The Biggest Loser is…

  • Ultima

    @Funeral Dinner
    Chicago Fire starting it’s new season directly after The Voice?

    It will actually be airing behind The Voice for the entire fall cycle. When The Biggest Loser starts, The Voice will air form 9-10pm.

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t think that Parks and Rec is as down and out as a lot of people believe. It has always had a consistent base and I cannot see that changing, even against TBBT. The premiere episode is going to be in London and it looks like NBC is going to finally give the show the love it deserves. If they finally embrace this show instead of using it as their filler, they could actually get decent (for NBC) numbers! I am very optimistic about season six of Parks and Recreation if NBC does it right.

  • Kissan

    These are my predictions for the premieres:

    The Voice-4.8 and 14 mill. viewers

    The Blacklist-4.3 and 12 mill. viewers

    Chicago Fire-2.8 and 8 mill. viewers

    Revolution-1.8 and 5 mill. viewers

    Law & Order:SVU-2.1 and 7 mill. viewers

    Parks & Rec-1.7 and 4 mill. viewers

    Michael J. Fox Show-2.5 and 6 mill. viewers

    Parenthood-2.1 and 5 mill. viewers

    Ironside-1.8 and 6 mill. viewers

    Welcome To The Family-1.7 and 3 mill. viewers

    Sean Saves The World-2.1 and 5 mill. viewers

  • Elizabeth

    Chris Pratt is filming Guardians of the Galaxy in London so I am guessing that Parks is trying to incorporate him as much as they can into the new season without missing too many episodes. I am really excited to see what comes of this

  • Ultima

    it looks like NBC is going to finally give the show the love it deserves

    By scheduling it against the highest rated comedy on TV?

    If they finally embrace this show instead of using it as their filler, they could actually get decent (for NBC) numbers! I am very optimistic about season six of Parks and Recreation if NBC does it right.


    I’m curious as to where you thought that they scheduled it…

  • Dan

    Michael J FOX should have aired at 9 not 9:30. It will likely get more crushed by Two and a Half Men then by Crazy Ones. but it keeps the Multi Cam Vs. Single Cam going for the night from 8-10.

  • Ultima

    So what is on Tuesday the 24th at 8pm and Wednesday the 25th at 10pm, are both The Voice Tuesday and the Law And Order: SVU premieres both 2 hours?? – anyone know?.

    I would assume that the SVU premiere is two-hours, but they may have something else in mind.

    As for The Voice, it will be two hours the first two Tuesdays of the season.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m curious as to where you thought that they scheduled it…

    The condescension isn’t necessary. I am aware that it is up against TBBT but something has to be. Parks has been in so many time slots this last year and their base of 1.4-1.7 ALWAYS shows up. I don’t think it is fair to just write off the show because it is up against the highest rated comedy. NBC is paying for them to go to London, pushing their Emmy considerations, and upping their merchandise. Things aren’t over and Parks is very much still a player. It will never get to TBBT levels but it has huge stars (that will have big big moves coming out over season six) and looks to be getting good treatment by NBC. There is no reason to believe that Parks cant hold its own for an NBC comedy.

  • Dan

    Not a bad schedule for NBC. Blacklist and Ironside both have potential to get a full season or at least additional episodes. I can see Welcome to the Family Getting a Full order and likely Sean Saves the World additional episodes up against Crazy Ones, Grey’s and Glee, though if NBC’s Thursday comedy block flops, Sean may be the first to go.

    I like the split seasons and 13 episode limited orders that networks are giving to shows this season, the shows can have set runs and if they flop then they are done after 13-15. Good move networks.

  • stevenD

    Parks ratings went higher last year at 8:30 when it wasn’t against Greys/Glee/POI in January/February. It was also against Two and a Half Men and not The Big Bang Theory though..

  • Oliver


    don’t think that Parks and Rec is as down and out as a lot of people believe. It has always had a consistent base and I cannot see that changing, even against TBBT.

    People said that about 30 Rock, which dropped by a third after it moved to 8pm Thursday opposite TBBT.

  • Oliver

    Also, 30 Rock was scheduled at 8:30, 9, 9:30 and 10 Thursday during its run (and initially at 8pm Wednesday but it did badly there).

    Didn’t protect it from 8pm Thursday.

  • Kissan

    It’s been updated that SVU premiere will be two hours. Or did ya’ll already know that?

  • Ricky K

    NBC will be airing 7 scripted shows in premiere week.

    CBS will be airing 18.

  • Elizabeth

    30 Rocks’ demo numbers have never been as consistent as Parks, even when they were not against TBBT. Season six was in trouble when they were up against Rules of Engagement. Using 30 Rock as the equivalent is rash I think. Parks is watched by a young audience and still has the ability to grow. 30 Rock was so niche that its only real comparison can be Community.

    I am not naïve enough to think that TBBT wont give Parks a fight but I don’t think it will suffocate the show as much as you all think it will. Parks has a bigger appeal than it is given credit for.

  • david

    This is a much better schedule than last year. Mos shows starting in late September and early October. I am looking forward to the MJF show and the new season of Parenthood. Oh yah and Revolution but i will watch that online because of Arrow.

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