May 16th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
NBC, which has struggled in recent years to find consistent hits in primetime, is placing its bets on the musical genre for the 2011-12 season.
The network released a primetime schedule Sunday that's heavy on music-based series, both scripted and unscripted.
"The Sing-Off," the a capella competition which had success in limited runs the past two Decembers, will air weekly on Monday nights this fall. The network's hit show "The Voice" will take over the "Sing-Off" slot during the midseason.
Also premiering midseason is "Smash," a musical drama centered around the world of Broadway. The series has a few big names behind it, with Steven Spielberg serving as the executive producer and Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and "American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee heading up the cast.
NBC will unveil six new series this fall, while "Smash" and five others are expected to debut later in the season.
NBC's fall schedule (new series in bold, all times eastern):
8:00 p.m. - "The Sing-Off"
10:00 p.m. - "The Playboy Club," a drama set at the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago in the early 1960s. Eddie Cibrian, David Krumholtz and Amber Heard head the cast.
8:00 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"
10:00 p.m. - "Parenthood"
8:00 p.m. - "Up All Night," a sitcom co-created by Lorne Michaels focusing on family and parenthood. Christina Applegate stars as a PR executive juggling work and family matters. Will Arnett plays Applegate's stay-at-home husband, while Maya Rudolph is Applegate's boss and best friend.
8:30 p.m. - "Free Agents," a sitcom based on a British series featuring Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons") as a newly-divorced PR executive in an odd relationship with a female colleague.
9:00 p.m. - "Harry's Law"
10:00 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
8:00 p.m. - "Community"
8:30 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9:00 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30 p.m. - "Whitney," a sitcom starring "Chelsea Lately" regular Whitney Cummings about an unmarried couple.
10:00 p.m. - "Prime Suspect," a reboot of the classic British detective miniseries for American television, with Maria Bello as a tough-as-nails New York homicide detective.
8:00 p.m. - "Chuck"
9:00 p.m. - "Grimm," a series inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales, this drama revolves around a homicide detective who learns he is a "Grimm," an elite hunter who must protect humanity from the supernatural.
10:00 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
7:00 p.m. - "Football Night in America" (if no NFL lockout)
8:00 p.m. - "Sunday Night Football" (if no NFL lockout)
In addition to "The Voice" and "Smash," NBC's midseason will feature the return of both "30 Rock" and "Celebrity Apprentice" (with or without Donald Trump), a legal drama based on the John Grisham novel "The Firm" and a sitcom inspired by Chelsea Handler's best-seller "Are You There Vokda? It's Me, Chelsea."
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