UPDATED: NBC just released the bulk of its midseason schedule, its first lineup shepherded by new head of scheduling Jeff Bader. It features The Biggest Loser moving to Mondays (8-10 PM) to serve as a bridge between the two cycles of The Voice. Its companion will be midseason drama Deception (formerly Infamous), which will air at 10 PM.
NBC is gambling with a long hiatus for breakout hit Revolution, which will wrap its 10-episode fall run with a big cliffhanger in November before coming back with 12 originals on March 25, following the cycle premiere of The Voice as the two shows will once again be paired together.
With Revolution staying put, Smash, which aired behind The Voice last spring, is moving to Tuesdays, premiering February 5 from 9-11 PM before settling into its regular 10 PM slot the following week. It will be a test for the musical drama, which will have a more modest lead–comedies Go On and The New Normal — the voice The Voice last season. Smash will replace Parenthood, which will have completed its 15-episode season by then. Another new Tuesday addition in midseason is Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which will return on January 8 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM and will continue in that hour. It will bridge the two cycles of The Voice, which returns March 26.
Order is restored on Thursday as cult comedy Community returns to its 8 PM slot. The much-delayed fourth season of Community will premiere February 7. It is one of two midseason comedy additions to NBC’s Thursday lineup, along with newbie 1600 Penn, which is getting the post-Office 9:30 slot beginning January 10. The following week, Parks And Recreation, which currently airs at 9:30 PM, will move back to its old 8:30 PM berth.
After a three-season run on Thursday, Community was initially slated to air on Friday this fall with sophomore Whitney. Whitney was recently summoned to its previous Wednesday PM slot to replace cancelled Animal Practice. Community is now returning to its old berth too. It is currently occupied by 30 Rock, which will end its 13-episode final season by the time Community comes back.
NBC will keep Sunday night unscripted after Sunday Night Football, with the Eva Longoria-produced dating reality series Ready For Love premiering March 31 to run from 8-10 PM. The All-Star edition of Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice will premiere March 3 and run from 9-11 for four weeks before continuing in one-hour episodes at 10 PM on March 31.
NBC is yet to launch its tweaked fall Wednesday lineup anchored by Whitney. With the fate of most Wednesday shows still up in the air (Whitney, Guys With Kids and Chicago Fire have no back orders beyond their original 13-episode pickups), midseason decisions on the night will be made later. And the network is still deciding what to put in the Friday 8-9 PM slot once earmarked for Whitney and Community.
Still waiting to get premiere dates are midseason dramas Do No Harm and Hannibal, comedy Save Me and returning reality series Fashion Star.
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