NBC bets on music for next season
May 16th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

NBC bets on music for next season

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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  1. eileen

    FRIDay for Chuck, the kiss of DEath, ugh, why oh why NBC, Chuck, I guess it's time for cable tv, someone will pick it up because NBC, obviously doesn't know what it is doing

    May 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. ernie

    bad, bad bet for my money. I will clearly watch LESS NBC this coming year than I ever have in my fairly extensive lifetime.... And NBC had most of the best shows, once upon a time....

    May 17, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joseph

    Just think folks; there are always the commercials. Commercials take up most of the time anyway and offer better entertainment than what NBC is offering this coming season. Think, VICTORIA SECRET.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. john b

    awww man. They put Chuck on fridays. That is a death time slot. Its one of the only few shows that is consistent and enjoyable not on thursday night.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. PaulieJ

    "Oh look, that shows popular. I'll bet America will want 10 shows just like it." /end sarcasm
    While adding a new twist on something to see if lightening can be caught in a bottle twice, the constant regurgitation of the same crap is annoying. What's next? "Midgets dancing with the stars" ? "Top Karaoke Chef" ? "Survivor wives of Jersey Shore swap" ? Oops, guess I wasn't done with my sarcasm ...

    May 17, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    I like the new show Egg Hunt where everyone runs around hunting Easter Eggs. It is imaginative and way exciting ! Much cooler than Community ans Chuck. The plot twist really gets me going. Its always like WHO IS GONNA FIND TTHE MOST EGGS. It ROCKS !

    May 17, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marie

    A few of the new shows are based on shows from the UK. That sounds great, I like BBC shows, I just hope NBC doesn't screw it up like SyFy did with "Being Human".

    May 17, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. JHaas

    It's not just NBC, all the major networks are pushing men out. Cable is where it's at anyway, I only watch Fox, NBC and CBS for football and ABC for Sprint cup races.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. WeirdMN

    I'm sure 'Grimm" will do well considering its exactly like CW's "Supernatural" which has run for 6 seasons.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jen

    This show will suck

    May 17, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. James

    NBC – Never Been Crappier!!!

    May 17, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    The whole lineup sounds like a bunch of crap. I guess it's back to borrowing DVDs from the library–there are still plenty of films I haven't seen yet.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    This season, I watched two NBC shows: The Event and Outsourced. So, next season I won't be watching NBC at all. When did this network become so lame? Biggest Loser on for two hours? It's like a movie each week!

    May 17, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Aardie

    Grimm sounds like a rip-off of the DC: Vertigo comic "Fables".

    I'm glad Harry's Law is saved. Too bad that the end of Chuck is near.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. B lo me

    @sunshine girl* tv really does suck if theres no football there is not a reason to watch nbc

    May 17, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  16. tv22

    They get rid of one of two shows they have that I want to see every week, The Event, and double down on these ridiculous game shows. Then they move the other good show they have, Chuck, to Friday night. Must be too expensive to produce so they've got to kill it off. At least it frees up my DVR on Monday for the other shows I watch on other networks!

    May 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Donald McRonald

    we already have a g@y channel. LOGO. 1 is enough!

    May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sunshine Girl *

    Well at least I still have Law & Order SVU and Dateline. Thats all Ill be watching on this channel. None of the new shows appeal to me at all. Tv sure is starting to suck.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kes601

    For those saying Chuck is doomed in the Friday time slot, NBC already said next year is a 13 episode final season. They are giving it time to wrap up the story lines.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Superhiro

    Wow, no wonder I don't watch NBC anymore.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. twisted

    Chuck is doomed.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Greg

    Let's see... Parenthood, Community, Parks & Rec, Chuck. That does it for my NBC viewing list.

    May 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Belinda

    What happened to Minute to Win it?

    May 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. @N

    just gross!!

    May 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. @N

    wat a bunch of gays on dis article!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Loren

    Oooooh, kiss of death for 'Chuck', being placed in the Friday night wasteland. Well, they only ordered half a season anyway, so my guess is it's the last go -round anyway.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chucklehead

    Just what we need. More shows with no-talent hacks that only serve to drive the music industry futher into the mundane.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. B lo me

    NBC is tanking itself

    May 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  29. twisted

    The network big wigs all should fired for this line up of bs

    May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  30. Peace

    At least Harry's Law hasn't been cancelled ! Still one good show on.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • pam

      i will dvr law and order svu, but since they never gave friday night lights the props that it deserves, I have boycotted nbc. when svu is over, no reason to tune in that network.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Igor

      All this gay programming and gayness sounds so gay and wonderful.

      May 17, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • lil piggy

      Im loving the line up of gaiety just as much as I like it in my doookie chute.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  31. Twisted

    I enjoy watching men in tights.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  32. randy

    mmmmm yummy this sounds gooberlicious.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |

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