NBC is making aggressive moves this January as NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt announced the struggling networks mid-season plans.
NBC will introduce four new series this January with the launches of the highly anticipated Smash (Monday, February 5th), Fashion Star (Tuesday, March 13th), The Firm (two-hour premiere Sunday, January 8th – timeslot premiere Thursday January 12th), and Are You There, Chelsea? (Wednesday January 11th).
In light of these four new premieres, Whitney, Rock Center with Brian Williams, and Harry’s Law will be moving to new nights.
- 8pm – The Voice
- 10pm – Smash
NBC executives had this night planned out since the May . Monster hit The Voice will return after Super Bowl XLVI February 5th at 10p.m. and begin its second season the next night. Smash, starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, and Katharine McPhee will premiere right after The Voice at 10pm.
- 8pm – The Biggest Loser 13 (January 11th)
- 9pm – Parenthood (Until February 28)
- 10pm – Fashion Star (March 13th)
Fashion star is a new fashion based reality-competition show hosted by legendary fashion icon Elle MacPherson and starring Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, and Nicole Ritchie. Fashion Star will begin Tuesday, March 13th from 9-11p.m. after Parenthood ends its season.
- 8pm – Whitney
- 830 pm – Are You There, Chelsea?
- 9pm – Rock Center with Brian Williams
- 10pm – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Whitney and Chelsea are the perfect match for each other on Wednesdays since comedienne’s Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler have the same type of humor and tone in each show. Rock Center with Brian Williams will move to the 9pm slot from Mondays, while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will stay put.
- 8pm – 30 Rock
- 830pm – Parks and Recreation
- 9pm – The Office
- 930pm – Up All Night
- 10pm The Firm
Community and Prime Suspect are gone. 30 Rock will lead the Thursday night line-up for the first time ever, and Up All Night finally is removed from Whitney on Wednesdays and placed on the night where it belongs. New drama The Firm will make its timeslot premiere January 12th.
- 8pm – Who Do You Think You Are? (February 3rd)
- 9pm – Grimm
- 10pm Dateline NBC
Who Do You Think You Are? returns for its second season, replacing the departing Chuck at 8pm. Grimm and Dateline NBC will continue in their current time periods.
- 8pm – Harry’s Law repeats
- 9pm – The Firm repeats
- 10pm – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit repeats
- 7-9pm – Dateline NBC
- 9pm – Harry’s Law (March 4th)
- 10pm The Celebrity Apprentice (February 12th)
Once football season is over, Harry’s Law – which was recently picked up for a full season – will make will make the leap from Wednesday at 9pm to Sundays at 9pm to avoid competition from Criminal Minds, Modern Family, and The X-Factor.
NBC’s newest surprise “hit” Grimm has been given as order for additional scripts. The amount is unknown right now.
NBC hasn’t yet announced premiere dates for mid-season comedies Bent, and BFF, or the much-anticipated drama Awake.
*NBC have not officially cancelled Community or Prime Suspect (NBC bought 6 extra scripts Suspect) have just been removed them off of the schedule, as of now. NBC is aware that Prime Suspect has a full season order, but it seems the network is giving up on the struggling drama once and for all.