NBC Announces Their Fall Schedule And It's Cruel. Cruel, Cruel, Cruel.

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NBC Announces Their Fall Schedule And It's Cruel. Cruel, Cruel, Cruel.

By Rob Payne | Trade News | June 15, 2012 | Comments ()


Of course, I mean, it's going to be cruel to "Community" fans, and I, suppose, fans of "Whitney" if any exist and are willing to cop to it. NBC's season proper won't begin until September 10 with the return of the network's only unqualified success, "The Voice," for two hours on Monday nights. The majority of its Fall schedule will begin airing the rest of that week and continuing into the next, which is when most of last season's Thursday night line-up returns, including the best show of the season "Parks and Recreation," on September 20. But three more shows with previous Apparently-Not-Must-See-TV positioning aren't set to premiere until October, with "30 Rock" replacing "Community" in the 8/7pm timeslot on October 4. Vulture seems to think "30 Rock" is most likely being preempted by the "SNL" election coverage that worked out well for NBC in 2008. That makes perfectly logical sense, which is actually a decent reason to think NBC has something else, something Britta'd up their sleeve. We shall see.

What's clear right now, however, is that the network really does seem to be putting "Community," every Pajiban's favorite sitcom (he said kind of sarcastically), out to pasture wherever that farm was in "Basic Rocket Science." As if being renewed on Friday nights, after "Whitney," and Dan Harmon's shitcanning weren't already signs that the meta-tastic series was on its last cripsy mannequin legs, NBC has placed its return a solid month after the remainder of its schedule. That means all the hype that new and old shows will get during the Olympics, plus whatever the ad wizards cook up for their fall marketing campaign, will be entirely gone and played out by the time "Community" returns for its fourth -- and probably last -- season on October 19. If NBC was really concerned about bringing in a larger audience for its critically adored, fan beloved show, they would absolutely be hyping the hell out of it. But since the reality seems to be that NBC would rather let "Community" slowly bleed out, perhaps this is the best thing the fans could hope for. Killing fan enthusiasm a little bit at time to stifle the Internet's collective outrage as we mourn it piecemeal, like that one T.S. Eliot poem.

Or, they could just be giving the new showrunners time to get up to speed and make something more than haphazard. Anyway, here's the entire roll-out of NBC's Fall schedule, courtesy of Deadline:

Wednesday, August 8 "Go On" (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, August 12
"Animal Practice" (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, August 13
8-10 p.m. "Stars Earn Stripes" (two-hour premiere)
10-11 p.m. "Grimm"

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

Sunday, September 9
7-8:15 p.m. "Football Night in America" (regular day and time)
8:15-11 p.m. "Sunday Night Football" (regular day and time)

Monday, September 10
8-10 p.m. "The Voice"

Tuesday, September 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, September 12
10-10:30 p.m. "Guys with Kids" (sneak peek after penultimate "America's Got Talent")

Friday, Sept 14
9-10pm - "Grimm" (time period premiere)

Monday, September 17
10-11 p.m. "Revolution"

Thursday, September 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, September 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, October 4
8-8:30 p.m. "30 Rock"

Wednesday, October 10
10-11 p.m. "Chicago Fire"

Friday, October 19
8-8:30 p.m. "Whitney"
8:30-9 p.m. "Community"

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  • Woody

    I love, Community, but they jumped the gun hard after their hiatus. They took the meta way too far and stopped giving a shit about any actual on-going character development and just started putting the characters into new gimmicks. It was still fun, but I didn't rush to tune in every week any more, I've just been catching them when I remember to.

  • Quatermain

    I'm willing to admit I like 'Whitney.' It's not the last word in life-changing media, but it's generally entertaining and gives me something to watch while I polish my boots and fold my laundry.

  • Kip Hackman

    You know what? All this drama isn't worth it. I wish I could just discover things after they're finished. Like Arrested Development. And Battlestar Galactica. I can watch them at my own pace, and when they get cancelled, I'm like "Duh, I already knew that show was over." Also, marathons rock.

  • kirbyjay

    When did Obama guest on Community?
    On a random note, I'm feeling discombobulated. This new Disqusworld reminds me of remodeling your apartment in ultra modern and having no place for Granny's quilt
    I am Granny's quilt

  • The Pink Hulk

    While I enjoy "Community" as much as the next nerd, I'm a little over the hype. We get it: it's clever...in my opinion, TOO clever for its own good. The show seems dead-set and determined to isolate itself from gaining new fans by ramping up its weirdness episode after episode.

    That said, show of hands as to how many people here actually tune into almost any show at its original timeslot. With the advent of DVR, doesn't it almost render these line-ups antiquated? Just a thought. As long as it comes on a night at a time, I could care less.

  • Leelee

    This was going to be my point EXACTLY. I can't remember the last time I watched something at its actual air time - everything gets the DVR treatment. For example, I recently watched a brand new episode of an (admittedly terrible) favourite show of mine (the name of which I will not divulge as I'm sure to be mocked mercilessly) which aired at 5.00am Saturday morning. The woman doing sign language in the corner was still up!
    But due to the magic of technology I can treat it like prime time.

  • Jezzer

    Isn't "Whitney" basically "Girls" with more likable characters?


  • Jezzer

    Tough room. >:(

  • Tinkerville

    Is Best Friends Forever cancelled for good? I know I'm the only living person that loved it but I enjoyed the hell out of that show.

  • The Pink Hulk

    I LOVED that show. It was simple, inexpensive to make, funny, and had great comedic actors, so of course it was cancelled.

  • spljt

    er, Crap!

  • spljt

    What! They put Grimm opposite of Castle? What they he** are they thinking? I watch only a few network shows as it is and my dvr is already busy on Monday nights at that time. Crop!

  • HaydenT


  • QueeferSutherland

    Just looking at that makes my soul bleed. Parenthood and the inevitably disappointing Revolution are the only two dramas worth considering.

  • BAM

    Stupid NBC makes us sit through 3 not-so-good sitcoms to watch P&R at 9:30? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

  • Mr_Zito

    There's something called remote control with which you can change the channel and select what you are going to watch at each timeslot, you should try it.

  • I wonder how many people will just wait til 9:30 to watch P&R.

    I know I will, because fuck everything else.

  • An Atlantan

    Why don't they premiere Community on the same night as Grimm? Makes no sense.

  • greg

    seriously rob shut up about six seasons and a movie
    its a terrible idea for a show with this premise

  • annoyed

    NBC and SONY are both dead to me. I will keeping watch P&R and fauxCommunity until they are done, but then it is good bye.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Fucking terrible kid actors. Look at her, flinching before balloon-cigarette contact! Useless! What's wrong with you, kid?! HUH?! GET OFF MY SET!!!
    Sorry...It's Friday and I'm yet to have a drink. Always exacerbates my dormant Bale-itis.

  • An Atlantan

    Excellent observation!

  • Bert_McGurt

    What the hell is Stars Earn Stripes? Some terrible reality show where washed-up celebrities join the military?

  • Actually, you aren't far off...


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