October 30, 2012

THE SKED: Partial NBC Midseason Schedule


NBC today announced the broad strokes of its midseason schedule, although there are still holes to be filled in.  Some major points that we do know:


THE BIGGEST LOSER will air between cycles of THE VOICE at 8PM, starting January 7 (after a premiere the previous night).

While Biggest Loser is airing, the new DECEPTION will take the 10PM slot.  This is the soap that used to be called Infamous, and before that was known as Notorious.  A rose by any other name?

Starting March 25, the Voice/Revolution combo will return, the network having made the nervy decision to keep Revolution off the air from late November until March.


SMASH will return to the schedule on February 5 in the 10PM slot.  It’s not clear what happens to PARENTHOOD at that point, or whether GO ON  and THE NEW NORMAL will be Smash‘s lead-ins.

We do know that during the hiatus between Voice cycles, the Betty White geriatic reality comedy OFF THEIR ROCKERS will air in the 8PM hour.


As previously announced, WHITNEY will be taking the place of ANIMAL PRACTICE starting November 14.


A lot is happening, but not at the same time.

On January 10, the new political comedy 1600 PENN will take over the 9:30PM slot after THE OFFICE.

A week later, on January 17, PARKS & RECREATION will move back to 8:30PM to accommodate the new arrival.

Finally, on February 7, COMMUNITY makes its long-awaited return into the 8PM slot.  Presumably, the Community/Parks & Rec/Office/1600 Penn schedule will remain in place until April, when the new multicamera version of UP ALL NIGHT returns.


It isn’t clear what NBC is doing post-football until March.  Starting March 3, Donald Trump’s odious CELEBRITY APPRENTICE returns with 2-hour episodes for 4 weeks.  Then on March 31, the new relationship reality show READY FOR LOVE will run 8-10PM on Sundays, and Apprentice reduces to 1 hour.

All of this leaves the Anne Heche sitcom SAVE ME unscheduled, as well as the dramas HANNIBAL and DO NO HARM.  (Although Wednesday seems a likely possibility for at least one of them.)


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."