NBC officially released their fall schedule this afternoon. Take a look below, followed by some random thoughts from me (New shows marked with an asterisk and linked to trailers)!
8PM: The Voice
8PM: The Voice
9PM: Go On*
9:30PM: The New Normal*
8PM: Animal Practice*
8:30PM: Guys with Kids*
9PM: Law & Order: SVU
10PM: Chicago Fire
8PM: 30 Rock
8:30PM: Up All Night
9PM: The Office
9:30PM: Parks and Recreation
10PM: Rock Center with Brian Williams
10PM: Dateline NBC
Sunday (Fall 2012)
7PM: Football Night in America
8:15PM: NBC Sunday Night Football
Sunday (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7PM: Dateline NBC
8PM: Fashion Star
9PM: The Celebrity Apprentice
10PM: Do No Harm*
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: among NBC’s many cancellations (none of which were particularly surprising), was Awake. The viewer-challenged series aired maybe it’s best episode of this season this week, and although I knew it was destined for cancellation, I was still disappointed when the official word came down from NBC. This show was never going to succeed on broadcast television – it is a premise far better suited for cable – and I hope creator Kyle Killen takes his next awesome idea to some place like FX, AMC, or HBO.
As far as renewals, I was thrilled to see Community, 30 Rock, and Parenthood back on the schedule. Unfortunately, all 3 shows were given small episode orders (13 for Community and 30 Rock, 15 for Parenthood). In the case of 30 Rock, the initial announcement indicated this would be its last season – which I think is probably perfect for the series. Bob Greenblatt, the head of NBC, backed off on that in today’s announcement today though, so who knows. I tend to think in the long run, it will probably end up being the end of the road for 30 Rock (Alec Baldwin certainly seems ready for the end, after all). I just hope Tina Fey gets a chance to end things the way she wants to.
Things are looking a little less upbeat with Community. While the fourth season renewal is obviously exciting, and was by no means a guarantee, the show has been shipped to Friday nights, with a lead-in of Whitney. If that doesn’t scream “death-slot”, I’m not sure what does. What concerns me far more, though, is that Dan Harmon is not signed on to continue as showrunner next season, and Greenblatt didn’t sound particularly optimistic that it would happen. With the departure of executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan earlier this month, that would make for a pretty big chunk of the creative team walking out the door – and the show has always been Harmon’s brainchild anyway. Fingers crossed they work out a deal, so the (probable) end of our time at Greendale is as funny as ever.
I was glad to see Parenthood left in its Tuesdays-at-10 timeslot. The show isn’t a ratings monster, but it’s been quietly steady there for 3 seasons, and if it’s going to have a shot at maybe getting extra episodes ordered, consistency in the timeslot is going to help out a lot. I was also hoping Jason Katims’ pilot County (starring Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan) would get picked up, but I guess the network felt renewing Parenthood was enough Katims on the schedule. Bummer.
Among the pilots that did get picked up, NBC’s most interesting new show, to me, is Revolution. The network clearly thinks pretty highly of it, as it’s been given the post-Voice time slot to launch from in the fall. Fingers crossed the premise delivers. Most of the other new shows on the schedule aren’t terribly interesting to me. I’m surprised how many comedy blocks the network is rolling with – seems like a ton of sitcoms to me, but maybe it’s just because of how spread out they are through the week. I might check out Go On because I’ve always loved Matthew Perry, but aside from that, I’ll pass. I’m also really interested to see Do No Harm, but the network is holding that for midseason.
I’ll have my take on the other network schedules as they pop up this week!