NBC Sets Staggered Fall Schedule, Will Air Two Shows Commercial-Free

'Animal Practice's' Justin Kirk

Single-camera office comedy Animal Practice hails from The Hangover Part 2 writer Scot Armstrong and stars Justin Kirk as a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but typically hates their owners. Universal Television and American Work will produce, while Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka will pen the project and exec produce alongside Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.

NBC is making the most of its Olympics platform, scheduling commercial-free previews of two of its highly anticipated freshman comedies during the London Games.

Announcing its fall 2012 schedule, the network will preview its Matthew Perry comedy Go On following Olympics coverage on a special night, Wednesday, Aug. 8, with its Justin Kirk half-hour Animal Practice also scheduled for a preview on Sunday, Aug. 12, following the Closing Ceremony. Both will be broadcast commercial free.

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Following the Olympics, NBC will launch celebrity military-challenge reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes, from executive producers Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Dick Wolf (Chicago Fire) on Monday, Aug. 13, with a two-hour premiere starting at 8 p.m. Season 2 of genre drama Grimm will follow at 11 p.m. with a special premiere ahead of its Friday time-slot bow on Sept. 14.

In addition, the network will stagger its premieres from August through October, with the first fall incarnation of singing competition The Voice set for at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, followed by encore sneak peeks of Animal Practice at 10 p.m. and Go On at 10:30 p.m. Returning comedies 30 Rock and Community will bow Oct. 4 and 19, respectively.

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The early rollout was expected, given NBC's early Season 2 renewal of Grimm and quick series order commitments to both Animal Practice and Go On, a move that Robert Greenblatt-led network hopes will help it cut through the clutter of fall premieres.

A complete schedule follows (new series in all caps):

Wednesday, Aug. 8
“GO ON” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, Aug. 12
“ANIMAL PRACTICE” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, Aug. 13
8-10 p.m. “STARS EARN STRIPES” (two-hour premiere)
10-11 p.m. “Grimm”

Wednesday, Sept. 5
7:30-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2012” (regular season)
8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, Sept. 9
7-8:15 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular day and time)
8:15-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos” (regular day and time)

Monday, Sept. 10
8-10 p.m. “The Voice”

Tuesday, Sept. 11
9-9:30 p.m.  “GO ON” (time period premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”

Wednesday, Sept. 12
10-10:30 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (sneak peek after penultimate “America’s Got Talent”)

Friday, Sept. 14
9-10 p.m. "Grimm" (time period premiere)

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Monday, Sept. 17
10-11 p.m. “REVOLUTION”

Thursday, Sept. 20
8:30-9 p.m. “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “Parks and Recreation” 

Wednesday, Sept. 26
8-8:30 p.m. “ANIMAL PRACTICE” (time period premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (time period premiere)
9-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (two-hour premiere)

Thursday, Oct. 4
8-8:30 p.m. “30 Rock”

Wednesday, Oct. 10
10-11 p.m. “CHICAGO FIRE”

Friday, Oct. 19
8-8:30 p.m. “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. “Community”

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