NBC Drama "Smash"

NBC Announces 2011-2012 Primetime Schedule

NBC has unveiled their primetime schedule for this fall, picking up six comedies and six dramas; a total of twelve new shows.

The peacock network has given series orders to dramas “Smash,” “Grimm,” “Awake,” “Prime Suspect,” “The Playboy Club,” and “The Firm.”

They have also picked up comedies “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” “Free Agents,” “Best Friends Forever,” and “Bent.”

Returning dramas include “Parenthood,” “Harry’s Law,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Chuck,” which will wrap up it’s final season with 13 episodes.

Returning Thursday night comedies include “Community,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock,” which will be returning uninterrupted mid-season, due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy.

NBC reality series returning in 2-hour formats include “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Sing-Off” and “The Voice.”

Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC entertainment, made the announcements Sunday morning, stating that “next season begins the rebuilding of the NBC primetime schedule, and our goal is to reinvigorate our audience with a line-up of appointment television that includes our best returning shows and a variety of innovative and attention-getting new series.”

Greenblatt continues, saying “We’ll be placing a great deal of emphasis on how we launch each one of our programs and on maximizing the network’s strengths throughout the fall and well into mid-season.”

NBC’s fall line-up is scheduled as follows:

(New programs are in UPPER CASE)

8-10 p.m. – “The Sing-Off”
10-11 p.m. – “THE PLAYBOY CLUB”

8-10 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

8-8:30 p.m. – “UP ALL NIGHT”
8:30-9 p.m. – “FREE AGENTS”
9-10 p.m. — “Harry’s Law”
10-11 p.m. — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

8-8:30 p.m. – “Community”
8:30-9 p.m. — “Parks and Recreation”
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “WHITNEY”
10-11 p.m. – “PRIME SUSPECT”

8-9 p.m. – “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. – “GRIMM”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

Encore programming

7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”


7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE FIRM”

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “SMASH”


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