NBC ups the comedy for next season
May 14th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

NBC ups the comedy for next season

After plenty of speculation surrounding the fate of its beloved Thursday comedies, including "30 Rock," "Community" and "The Office," NBC calmed fans' fears on Sunday while revealing its comedy-filled fall schedule.

All of the aforementioned Thursday staples, as well as "Parks and Recreation," are returning, in addition to "Whitney"; "Parenthood"; "Up All Night"; "Law & Order: SVU"; "Celebrity Apprentice"; "Fashion Star"; "The Biggest Loser"; "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"; "Smash"; and "Grimm."

And while it's been reported that "30 Rock" is headed for a final, 13-episode season when it returns, NBC Entertainment's Robert Greenblatt said none of its Thursday comedies are definitively ending next season.

In addition to its renewed shows, NBC is adding a total of 16 newbies, including six new scripted shows for the fall and another six slated for mid-season.

On the reality series side of things, NBC is bringing on a new game show called "Howie Mandel's White Elephant"; Eva Longoria's dating show "Ready for Love"; a reality show called "Stars Earn Stripes" that will feature nine celebrities who will hit a training camp to attempt to accomplish military-style challenges; and "Surprise with Jenny McCarthy," an hour-long show of heart-warming surprises, such as reunions or announcements.

Here's the full fall schedule (times are eastern), with new shows in bold.


8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “Revolution,” a new drama from J.J. Abrams and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke is set 15 years after all forms of electricity cease to operate.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfCRAtkYEI&w=560&h=315]


8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”

9-9:30 p.m. – "Go On," a comedy starring "Friends" alum Matthew Perry as a radio sportscaster whose boss won't let him back on the air until he seeks therapy after the loss of his wife.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDCQ9RNVY-M&w=560&h=315]

9:30-10 p.m. – "The New Normal," a comedy from Ryan Murphy which follows a gay California couple who find the surrogate mom of their dreams in a Midwestern waitress with a questionable past.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45tWzmfCMDQ&w=560&h=315]

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”


8-8:30 p.m. – “Animal Practice,” a comedy set in a New York veterinary practice starring Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman, who works far better with his animal patients than with the humans he encounters.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhRhWQKTyRQ&w=560&h=315]

8:30-9 p.m. – “Guys with Kids," a comedy executive produced by late night host Jimmy Fallon that follows three 30-something dads who are trying to balance holding on to their youth and being parents.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PUBk5wwl14&w=560&h=315]

9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire," a scripted drama from Dick Wolf that follows the rescue squad, firefighters and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFozL-IBrV0&w=560&h=315]


8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”

8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”

9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”


8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”

8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”


Encore programming

Sunday (Fall 2012)

7- 8:15 p.m. - "Football Night in America"

8:15-11:30 p.m. - "NBC Sunday Night Football"

Sunday (Post-football/Winter 2013)

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”

9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”

10-11 p.m. – “Do No Harm," a scripted drama about a physician who has a dangerous side to him that he's no longer able to repress.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJdiwuAkOlU&w=560&h=315]

Joining "Do No Harm" in the midseason will be the comedies "1600 Penn," which follows the everyday antics of a fictional First Family; "Save Me," starring Anne Heche as a suburbanite who develops a direct line to God after a near-death experience; and "Next Caller," starring Dane Cook as a tart-tongued satellite radio DJ forced to co-host a show with a passionate and spunky feminist.

Click here to watch all of NBC's new trailers.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. sophie

    Oh it's a bunch of shows about white people!. Yep, all white people doing white stuff. Sorry, I had to share.

    May 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clete

    Based on the article, I think I can come up with a script. It might take fifteen minutes and a trip to the crapper.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. be quiet

    There isn't one show on this list that looks even remotely interesting. NBC sucks and this line up only further proves that fact...keeping "Whitney" on? Seriously? and I love the fact that they have added the obligatory + show. "Chicago Fire"? My 9 year old nephew could probably form a better line up.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. say what

    Way to ruin my Thursday night NBC. No way Up all night is better than Community.

    I love The Office, but enough all ready. Time to close the branch.

    Good luck Matthew Perry, you'll need it.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. rizzo

    Who keeps giving that Jenny McCarthy bint exposure? She's a horrible person that is literally responsible for children dying, any rational society would have cast her out a decade ago.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eman de Riuqer

    "Stars" completing military-style training? Didn't they already do this, over and over again? Looks like just more yawn-worthy TV for less since they don't have to pay somebody to come up with any ideas, etc. Boring.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Solo

    NBC isn't "upping" anything except the stupidity meter, from what I can see. Most of these shows are pretty pointless. I love the older episodes of The Office, but since 2009, it has also declined in quality. Too bad. I guess the Springsteen song '57 Channels and Nothin' On' is true.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    In a self- response, just saw on NBC's website where "Biggest Loser" will be "Returning Soon"? Maybe a mid season replacement?

    May 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Too bad about "Harry's Law". Us old folk don't buy what the commercials are pitching I guess. The second paragraph says "Biggest Loser" will return but I don't see it on NBC's weekly schedule. Anyone see something I may have missed?

    May 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Garbage

    All of these new comedy series look awful. They truly have the feel of a show that will last for 3 episodes before being cancelled.

    Revolution could be good but it has the look of a Hunger Games rip off with a heroine that shoots a bow and arrow. Even the leather jacket is the same.

    The problem is that NBC puts out this trash and doesn't give their good shows a chance. Awake is an amazing show and they're pulling it for this filth. Unbelievable!

    May 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deborah Edwards

    I agree! Harry's Law is one of the most clever shows on TV! Guess if you want the 18-49 group, don't put it in a Friday night slot – this group is out either with friends or family.............what a shame. Hopefully, another station will pick up this wonderful series. Just how dumb and dumber!

    May 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S. B. Stein

    Where's Harry's Law? Did that get cancelled?

    May 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Hanks

      "Harry's Law" was canceled, Greenblatt explained, because it just did not bring in enough viewers in the 18-49 demographic (despite respectable overall ratings).

      May 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Captain Obvious

    Saw that Revolution trailer, what utter stupidity. Hello dumba$ses its called solar panels and wind turbines.. And what's with the girl running around with a bow , more lack of imagination and having to rip off hunger games. So let's guess, they'll jerk us off for 6 seasons chasing some secret until the writers run out of ideas like Lost. Yay. JJ Abrams will apparently pt his name on anything these days, its annualized now, one new show gets it every seeason they just pay a licensing fee to use his name.

    At least Gus from breaking bad is in it, this thing would be a total writeoff, melodrama for the sake of melodrama mess.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I agree with most of what you have to say. However, solar panels and wind turbines generate electricity. The shutting down of all electronic devices would have to do with the ability of electricity itself to not function, therefore wind and solar generation of it would not work...

      but yes another dumb show.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SAE

    Friday night shows = Kiss of Death. Bye Community, I truly enjoyed you.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Clete

    Actually doesn't NBC stand for Nothing But Crap?

    May 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob B

      You could say that about network TV in general. I want to drop cable and what the networks put out is garbage. What's a person to do.

      May 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Komanchu

    Comedy? Oh THAT stuff. I forgot how 2 laugh. Am I supposed to make some noise too? What will I do w/o all that tragic news? And how will I spend time w/o Bill O'Reilly telling me what to do. OMG. A country w/o Rush? Oh maybe it will be fun to smile and not frown. I'll see if I can learn to laugh. But I don't know. I'm so used to the awful news.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Observer

    Why are "Whitney" and "Community" back? Both stink beyond measure.
    "Revolution" looks good, with an interesting premise. The rest is garbage. I remember a time when NBC actually had "must see tv"...Now it it "must miss at all costs"...

    May 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. JellyBean

    Revolution looks like it will be pretty good.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  19. MARK

    Oh goodie. More mindless "comedy", pandering to the 30-second attention span....

    While a solid, timely, well written, well acted drama – HARRY'S LAW – gets cancelled.

    Way to go NBC. You deserve to be last in the ratings.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. AmyDD

    Oh no – moving Community to FRIDAY? BOOOO

    May 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  21. Writer's Block

    cr@p. total cr@p

    May 14, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. duh

    garbage, bring back "Sliders"

    May 14, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |

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