‘Smash’ Gets a Premiere Date + More NBC News

NBC Drama "Smash"

NBC Drama "Smash"

The much buzzed about new NBC series Smash, co-starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee will premiere on Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m.

Other NBC news revealed this morning:

*Another Will & Grace star is back! New NBC president Robert Greenblatt announced this morning at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that they are currently developing a new half-hour comedy series starring Sean Hayes.

*Will Arnett‘s Up All Night is changing things up. They have scheduled three days of re-shoots for their pilot episode and are giving Maya Rudolph more to do, no doubt due to the success of her summer movie, Bridesmaids. Her character will now be an Oprah-like talk show host and Christina Applegate‘s character will be her producer.

*The peacock network has struck a two year deal with former Office and current Parks and Recreation showrunner, Greg Daniels  to develop new live-action, animated and reality television series. Greenblatt said “one of our focuses will be to return Greg to primetime animation, for which he had particular success with King of the Hill.”

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”