NBC Sets Midseason Schedule, Moves 'Whitney,' 'Up All Night,' More
UPDATED: The fourth-place network sets premiere dates for "Smash," "The Firm" and shifts talker "Rock Center With Brian Williams" and "Harry's Law."
NBC has scheduled its midseason entries and made some changes to its primetime schedule.
The fourth-place network has scheduled premiere dates for new series Smash (Feb. 6), The Firm (Jan. 8), Fashion Star (March 13) and Are You There, Chelsea? (Jan. 11).
In a move to protect freshman comedy Up All Night from its ratings erosion on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., NBC is swapping it with fellow first-year series Whitney on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Both comedies have already received full-season orders.
In addition, the network has moved sophomore series Harry's Law from Wednesdays at 9 p.m. to Sundays at 8 p.m. Rock Center With Brian Williams -- which filled the Monday at 10 p.m. void created by the swift cancelation of period drama The Playboy Club -- will move to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 8.
A full day-by-day guide to NBC's midseason lineup follows:
The Voice returns for its second season with an hourlong debut following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. and will resume its regular day and time the following day on Monday, Feb. 6 from 8-10 p.m. Smash will premiere Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m.
Reality competition series Fashion Star, hosted by Elle Macpherson will launch with a two-hour debut on Tueday, March 13 from 9-11 p.m. and resume Tuesday, March 20 at 10 p.m. The Biggest Loser will launch a new cycle Tuedsay, Jan. 3 from 8-10 p.m. followed by Parenthood at 10 p.m., which will conclude its season Feb. 28.
Freshman comedy Whitney will premiere in its new day and time on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m., followed by the series premiere of Are You There, Chelsea? at 8:30 p.m. the same night. Newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams will bow at 9 p.m. in its new date and time beginning Feb. 8. Law & Order: SVU remains at 10 p.m.
The Firm will bow in its regular time and day at 10 p.m. Jan. 12 following its special two-hour launch on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m.; Up All Night will begin its Thurday run on Jan. 12 at 9:30 with the return of Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock at 8 p.m. Parks and Recreation will return to its 8:30 p.m. slot with The Office remaining put at 9 p.m.
Reality series Who Do You Think You Are? will debut its second cycle on Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. The special two-hour series finale of Chuck will air Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. with freshman drama Grimm and Dateline NBC remaining as is.
Celebrity Apprentice will return Feb. 12 at 9 p.m., with Dateline NBC beginning Jan. 8. David E. Kelly drama Harry's Law moves to 9 p.m. on March 4 with Dateline returning to 7 p.m. starting the same night.
Missing from the schedule are Prime Suspect and Community, which sources tell THR will return at a later date. Desipte the order for six additional scripts of Maria Bello drama Prime Suspect, the series remains in consideration. Also remaining to be scheduled are freshman series Bent, BFFs, Awake and Betty White hidden-camera series Off the Rockers.
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