NBC had plenty to share with its Upfronts presentation today, sharing trailers for their new shows and lineup, which has been shifted considerably. Let’s take a look at NBC’s official fall schedule and how it affects returning shows:
NBC FALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times are eastern standard time
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”
8-9 p.m. -”The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”
8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”
8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”
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”
Monday remains the talent portion of the lineup where The Voice will open each week accompanied with a Tuesday night results show. Joining The Voice on Monday nights is J.J. Abram’s new sci-fi series, Revolution taking the 10pm time slot. Will this be THE ONE sci-fi show NBC to succeed where so many (The Event, V, Heroes) have failed?
Wednesday looks like it’s the big day for new series for NBC with Law & Order: SVU being the only returning show. New drama series Chicago Fire seems like a logical partner for SVU.
As for Thursday, NBC’s most successful night of programming, after much tinkering with the formula the network has decided to scrap the third hour of comedy and in fact take out any original scripted show and putting Rock Center with Brian Williams in the 10PM time slot.
Up All Night makes it into the Thursday night block too displacing Community to Friday nights. To me, this is a vote of confidence for the Christina Applegate-Will Arnett comedy to be sandwiched in between 30 Rock and The Office. That move is going to be a controversial one as Friday night is a typical seal of death for a television show but I can understand the thinking behind it. Community has never been able to beat CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, so move it out of there. It’s never really benefitted from 30 Rock or The Office either so if it’s going to have a loyal audience then it will move to Friday nights where all the cult shows seem to survive.
If Grimm survived, launching on Friday night, then Community has a chance to stand out too, on a night where it will go up against Fox’s Touch, which has also moved from Thursdays to Fridays, and likely the CW’s Nikita. ABC and CBS have not cemented their fall lineups yet. If Friday is the day of the week where the most devoted TV viewers stay in (like fans of Fox’s Fringe) then perhaps Community can grow its numbers to the size of what Grimm was able to pull (4.5-6 million) in its first season. If not, well, it’s on Friday, right?
Having Whitney as a lead-in is not helping Community’s cause, but maybe they can share some of Grimm’s friday night action, which held its own against CW’s Supernatural and Fox’s Fringe – two semi-popular genre shows with strong and loyal viewers. The final hurdle team Community needs to leap over is finding out if showrunner Dan Harmon will return for Season 4. Much has been made about his clash with cast member Chevy Chase but the question on whether he returns or not, may be related to matters that have not been made public. The show has survived many things, but I would find it hard to believe it could thrive if the show’s creator left.
So Community fans, do you fear Friday nights or the threat of creator Dan Harmon (or Chevy Chase) leaving?