NBC unveiled its 2011-12 primetime schedule today, which includes six new dramas and six new comedies from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, John Grisham and Peter Berg. Returning roster should please fans: Parenthood is back, as is Chuck and Community. And Mondays are for music: The Sing-Off will bow on the night this fall, followed by a second year of The Voice in the timeslot come winter.
The Peacock abandoned this season’s strategy of running six comedies on Thursday. Instead, it will air a reboot of the U.K. drama Prime Suspect at 10 p.m. (30 Rock, as usual, will be held back for a later premiere). And somewhere, The Donald is patting himself on the back for making a big stink about (possibly) running for president: His Celebrity Apprentice earned another pickup.
Headed to the trash heap? Law & Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced and The Event. Debut dates will be announced later this summer. Here’s the sked:
NBC Fall Primetime Schedule
***New shows in red
|Mon||The Sing-Off||The Playboy Club|
|Tue||The Biggest Loser||Parenthood|
|Wed||Up All Night||Free Agents||Harry’s Law||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|
|Thu||Community||Parks and Recreation||The Office||Whitney||Prime Suspect|
|Sun||Football Night in America (Airs 7 - 8:15)||NBC Sunday Night Football (Airs 8:15 - 11:30)|
Mid Season Highlights
***New shows in red
|Sun||Dateline NBC / The Celebrity Apprentice (Airs 8 - 10)||The Firm|
The Playboy Club: The drama is set in the early ‘60s, and focuses on the famed Playboy Club in Chicago.
Smash: The musical drama centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. From Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Grimm: Inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the drama follows a homicide detective who learns he’s a descendant of an elite group of hunters known as “Grimms” who “fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world.”
Awake: When Detective Michael Britten regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah perished but that his teen son, Rex has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive – but his son Rex died in the accident.
The Firm: Based on the feature film and best-selling novel by author John Grisham. It continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel.
Whitney: A multi-camera comedy series about a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched.
Up all Night: A modern take on parenthood that shows the challenges of balancing a career, marriage and a new baby.
Free Agents: Based on the cult U.K. series of the same name that explores the trials and tribulations of two public relations executives on the rebound.
Are you there Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea: Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler, the new comedy follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender, a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies.
Best Friends Forever: A single-camera comedy that takes a look at what happens when best friends promise to support each other – no matter what the cost or circumstances.
Bent: A new romantic comedy about two people who suddenly find themselves attracted to the qualities that typically repel them.