NBC Unveils Fall Slate Featuring Comedies On Four Nights

Next fall's Thursday comedies on NBC (clockwise from top left): "30 Rock," "Up All Night," "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" (Photos: NBC)

NBC — a network whose track record with comedies this past season was mixed, at best — will be relying on comedies even more next fall, with sitcoms spread over four nights, the network announced Sunday afternoon.

The announcement was made in advance of the network’s annual presentation to advertisers set for Monday morning in New York — making NBC the first of the broadcast networks to formally unveil its fall lineup this spring.

Thursday nights will continue as the network’s largest sitcom repository each week with a lineup of four comedies from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (7-9c) — “30 Rock,” “Up All Night,” “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.”

Friday nights will now start with “Whitney” at 8/7c followed by “Community” at 8:30/7:30c.

Additional comedies will be seen Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (8-9c) and Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (7-8c). The four sitcoms seen on those two nights are all new comedies just picked up by the network, which is also introducing two new dramas.

Other notable features of NBC’s new fall slate include the expected scheduling of the new season of “The Voice” in the fall, where the talent-competition show will take up residence on Monday and Tuesday nights.

In addition, Brian Williams’ prime-time news magazine “Rock Center” is moving to Thursdays at 10/9c, long a traditional time period for network news magazines over the years. “The Biggest Loser” is not on the fall schedule, probably to make room for “The Voice.” “Smash” is also not on the fall schedule, though it has been renewed for a second season. Look for it next winter.

Here’s the schedule NBC announced Sunday, with new-show titles in caps (with eastern times):

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”

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”
9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “DO NO HARM”

NBC’s new comedies are: “Go On,” about an unhappy sportscaster played by Matthew Perry; “The New Normal,” a comedy about the sometimes unusual or unconventional configurations of contemporary families; “Animal Practice,” veterinarian sitcom in which Justin Kirk of “Weeds” plays an animal doctor (and plays cards with a monkey in one photo we saw); and “Guys with Kids,” a sitcom about young fathers that’s being produced by Jimmy Fallon.

The new dramas are: “Revolution,” a drama from producer J.J. Abrams about life in a world with no electricity; and “Chicago Fire,” about Windy City firemen (from “Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf).

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