NBC Releases Its Fall 2012 Primetime TV Schedule
NBC Releases Its Fall 2012 Primetime TV Schedule
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
I hope you like to laugh. Because that's what TV has in store for us this fall. NBC is the first major network to announce its schedule for Fall 2012, and comedy is everywhere. Check out the full schedule here!

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NBC will have its official upfront presentation on Monday, May 14, but the network got the jump on things by releasing its full Fall 2012 schedule one day earlier. The schedule is a mixture of some familiar shows and a whole lot of new programming.

Because NBC had released information on renewals, cancellations and new programming prior to the schedule release, there are only a few surprises.

NBC Renews Community for a 13-Episode Season 4.

NBC Orders Revolution and 6 New Comedies.

NBC Orders Chicago Fire.

NBC Renews Parenthood and 30 Rock.

NBC Renews Parks and Recreation, The Office, Whitney and Up All Night.


The Highlights

Big Moves
The only major scheduling shift for returning programming comes on Friday nights. Two returning comedies -- Whitney and Community -- will now occupy the 8-9pm block prior to Grimm. Both comedies were low-rated, so we can assume that the Friday move is meant to reduce competition.

Comedy, Comedy and More Comedy
Because network comedies did comparatively well in the 2011-2012 season, we will be getting a lot of funny (?) shows this fall. NBC will lead off its primetime programming with comedy blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

No New Reality Until Midseason
NBC has a relatively light reality-TV schedule for the Fall of 2012. Only The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays), Fashion Star (Sundays) and Celebrity Apprentice (Sundays) will air before midseason.


The Schedule
(New show titles bolded)

Monday
8-10pm: The Voice (Performances)
10-11pm: Revolution

Tuesday
8-9pm: The Voice (Results)
9-9:30pm: Go On
9:30-10pm: The New Normal
10-11pm: Parenthood

Wednesday
8-8:30pm: Animal Practice
8:30-9pm: Guys with Kids
9-10pm: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11pm: Chicago Fire

Thursday
8-8:30pm: 30 Rock
8:30-9pm: Up All Night
9-9:30pm: The Office
9:30-10pm: Parks and Recreation
10-11pm: Rock Center with Brian Williams

Friday
8-8:30pm: Whitney
8:30-9pm: Community
9-10pm: Grimm
10-11pm: Dateline NBC

Saturday
Reruns all night

Sunday (Fall)
7-8:15pm: Football Night in America
8:15-11:30pm: NBC Sunday Night Football

Sunday (Winter, Post-Football)
7-8pm: Dateline NBC
8-9pm: Fashion Star
9-10pm: The Celebrity Apprentice
10-11pm: Do No Harm

Midseason Programming (No Specific Schedule)

Comedies
Save Me
1600 Penn
Next Caller


Dramas
Do No Harm
Infamous
Hannibal

Smash


Reality
Stars Earn Stripes
Howie Mandel's White Elephant
Ready for Love
Surprise with Jenny McCarthy

The Biggest Loser
Betty White's Off Their Rockers


What do you think of the NBC 2012-2013 schedule? Which new shows do you want to watch? Do you think this programming will work for NBC? Leave your comments below!

(Images courtesy of NBC)

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