Television Critics Association Press Tour: NBC

The Television Critics Association press tour is a yearly event when TV executives and the stars of new and returning TV shows gather in New York City for a week to discuss the latest developments at each network. The new, the old, the good, and the bad are discussed, along with all of the viewers’ and critics questions about our favorite TV shows. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there in person, but that’s not going to stop me from reporting on all the latest news straight from the stars and the executives who make all of the decisions.

NBC 

NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt knows that NBC had a disastrous fall, and he’s hoping that he can convince critics that spring 2012 will a turnaround for the network thanks to its newest offerings of new dramas, comedies, and reality shows

Community – There was a lot of backlash from viewers and critics when NBC announced its spring schedule in November. Community would be absent from the schedule in the spring, and no definitely return date was given. I thought the show would definitely be cancelled. That may not be the case as of now. Greenblatt has confirmed that it will be back sometime this spring, however, it has not been renewed for a fourth season. That decision will likely come in May.

The Voice – The second season of NBC’s hit summer reality series will air 15 original episodes this season. Producer Mark Burnett also announced that there will now be a results show for The Voice, which is new for this season. Those results shows will likely air on Tuesdays this spring, probably shrinking The Biggest Loser to one hour. There will be a slew of new advisers to the coaches this season as well. New advisers will be Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Lionel Ritchie, Ne-Yo, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Jewel, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

Smash – NBC has confirmed that Smash will air 15 episodes this season. NBC is doing everything it can to make this show a “smash” hit that it should be. The show, starring Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing will debut online on January 16th, 3 weeks before the show is slated to air. In addition to the online viewing, NBC will be hosting viewing parties in multiple cities around the country for the pilot before its February 6th premiere date. Also, the songs that will appear on episodes of Smash will be on iTunes hours after the show airs, just like Glee.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit – Star Mariska Hargitay will not be leaving the show as expected at the end of this season.

30 Rock – Alec Baldwin has signed onto the show for 2 more seasons –  but that’s if the series stays on the air that long. Greenblatt hasn’t made any plans on the future of 30 Rock. He stated that he needs to wait on the premiere to judge if the show will continue.

Episode orders – 30 Rock will have a full 22 season order for its 6th season, despite its late start. Parks and Recreation and Harry’s Law will also have 22 episode seasons.

—- The Firm will have 22 episodes this season (let’s see how long that last seeing that ratings where less than favorable), Awake will have 13 episodes, Bent will have 6 episodes, Are You There, Chelsea? and Who Do You Think You Are? will have 12 episodes, Fashion Star will have 10 episodes, and Fear Factor will only air 10 episodes this season (which means the last few episodes should finish before the return of The Voice).

There is still no word on the premiere dates for Bent, BFF, or Awake.

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