NBC Announces Fall Schedule: Thursday, Once the Network’s Most Powerful Night, Undergoes Major Changes

May 12, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Our good friend — and former TVWeeker — James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly writes, "NBC will continue to program a two-hour comedy block on Thursdays despite its struggles on the evening. Parks and Recreation will shift to Community‘s 8 p.m. slot in the fall (Community will be a midseason replacement at some point). NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says the rest of the Thursday comedy lineup will have a ‘family theme’ moving forward, continuing to signal a shift back toward more traditional comedies after years of more hipster-friendly titles that often couldn’t deliver broad audiences."

Hibberd continues, "The new Thursday shows include multi-cultural/generational comedy Welcome to the Family and two sitcoms heralding the return of NBC comedy stars from yesteryear: ‘Will & Grace‘s’ Sean Hayes in ‘Sean Saves the World,’ and ‘Family Ties’ star Michael J. Fox in the rather plainly titled ‘The Michael J. Fox Show.’ In a concept that echos Fox’s prime-time history, the actor will play a news anchor and family man who returns to the workplace after putting his career on hold due to having Parkinson’s disease."

Here’s NBC’s Fall schedule, followed by it’s Mid-Season lineup:

NBC FALL SCHEDULE
(New programs in ITALICS)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m.– “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Time Slot)
9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New Time Slot)
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Time Slot)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Time Slot)
9-10 p.m. –“Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New Time Slot)
8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Time Slot)

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. – “NBC Sunday Night Football”

Hibberd also quotes a statement from NBC Entertainement chairman Bob Greenblatt that says, in part, " ‘The overriding strategy this year was to develop enough strong comedies and dramas to take advantage of the promotional heft of the Winter Olympics and devise two schedules for the upcoming season: one for fall and a slightly different one for midseason. I’m pleased to say that our development groups — headed by Jennifer Salke (scripted) and Paul Telegdy (alternative/reality) — really delivered,’ Greenblatt said. ‘This is the most robust and highest-testing slate of new shows we have had in years.’

"Greenblatt continued, ‘And aside from our Olympics planning, we also wanted to create better flow and compatibility on each night, and deploy our strongest lead-in (‘The Voice’) to maximum effect.’ "

Here’s the NBC midseason lineup that Greenblatt referenced, above:

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “ABOUT A BOY
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE FAMILY GUIDE
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Revolution”
9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “CROSSBONES

SATURDAY
8-10 p.m. – Encore and specials programming
10-11 p.m. – “Saturday Night Live” (Encore)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS
9-10 p.m. – “BELIEVE
10-11 p.m. – “CRISIS" 

One Comment

  1. Greenblatt says that NBC audience “tests” these shows? Really?!…Who is NBC testing their shows with…blind and deaf people? (no disrespect meant to either group)…NBC is done. And a cable company (Comcast) running NBC now, just about guarantees that it’s all over for NBC. Just sell the NFL rights, and shut off the network.

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