NBC sets Fall 2012 TV schedule


May 13, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule Sunday that capitalizes on the popularity of "The Voice" by launching a new fall edition of the singing competition series.

The network also plans to add six new scripted series in the fall and four at mid-season, banking on comedy this fall by adding comedies to Tuesday and Friday nights. The season's new fall comedies are "Go On," "The New Normal," "Animal Practice" and "Guys with Kids." Other mid-season comedies include "Save Me," "1600 Penn" and "Next Caller."

The new fall dramas are "Revolution" and "Chicago Fire," with "Do No Harm," "Infamous" and "Hannibal" joining the lineup in mid-season.

New reality series include "Stars Earn Stripes," "Howie Mandel's White Elephant," "Ready for Love" and "Surprise with Jenny McCarthy."

Besides "The Voice" returning, other scripted series that will be back are "Smash," "Grimm," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Community," "Parenthood," "Parks and Recreation," "Whitney" and "Up All Night." Returning reality series are "The Celebrity Apprentice," "Fashion Star," "The Biggest Loser" and "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." "Dateline NBC" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams."

NBC's fall schedule is shown below, followed by the descriptions of its new reality shows. Check out this gallery of photos, descriptions and video sneak peeks of the scripted series.

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times CT)

7 p.m.: "The Voice"
9 p.m.: "REVOLUTION"

7 p.m.: "The Voice"
8 p.m.: "GO ON"
8:30 p.m.: "THE NEW NORMAL"
9 p.m.: "Parenthood"

7:30 p.m.: "GUYS WITH KIDS"
8 p.m.: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
9 p.m.: "CHICAGO FIRE"

7 p.m.: "30 Rock"
7:30 p.m. "Up All Night"
8 p.m.: "The Office"
8:30 p.m.: "Parks and Recreation"
9 p.m.: "Rock Center with Brian Williams"

7 p.m.: "Whitney"
7:30 p.m.: "Community"
8 p.m.: "Grimm"
9 p.m.: "Dateline NBC"

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
6 p.m.: "Football Night in America"
7:15: "NBC Sunday Night Football"

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
6 p.m.: "Dateline NBC"
7 p.m.: "Fashion Star"
8 p.m.: "The Celebrity Apprentice"
9 p.m.: "DO NO HARM"

NOT RETURNING: "Are You There, Chelsea?," "Awake," "Best Friends Forever," "Bent," "Chuck," "The Firm," "Free Agents," "Harry's Law," "The Playboy Club" and "Prime Suspect." See MORE CANCELED SHOWS

(Descriptions from NBC)

"Stars Earn Stripes"
The TV cop who wants to prove he can handle a gun in real life. The athlete making the transition from field to battlefield. The performer who wants to show how well she can perform under a different kind of pressure. In this fierce, entertaining and emotionally charged new competition honoring America's armed forces, nine celebrities will gather at a secret training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into treacherous locations to long range weapons fire, these stars will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally ...and emerge in awe of the men and women who do such tasks on behalf of our country every day. From executive producers Dick Wolf ("Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU"), Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Survivor") and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor"), this extraordinary show will donate money raised through the competition to veterans' charities. Committed to hiring recent vets onto the crew, "Stars Earn Stripes" hopes to inspire other employers throughout the country to make similar commitments to our returning heroes, not to mention proving how impossible their service missions really are. The series is a production of Universal Television, One Three Television, LLC, Wolf Reality, LLC and Bill's Market & Television Productions.

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