NBC has doubled down on its franchise musical-competition series and scripted comedy, planning fall and spring cycles of The Voice and sprinkling sitcoms across four nights.
In a Sunday conference call, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed that season three of The Voice will premiere this fall, maintaining its two-hour Monday competition/one-hour Tuesday results footprint. That pattern will play out for a fourth cycle in the spring.
While there’s little room for improvement—The Voice is far and away NBC’s No. 1 entertainment program, averaging 14.1 million viewers and a 5.3 rating in the 18-49 demo—Greenblatt said he’s looking to bring the popular spinning chairs gimmick from the audition phase of the show into the battle rounds.
The J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke post-apocalyptic drama Revolution will air out of The Voice (Monday at 10 p.m.), bumping Smash to mid-season. Revolution features an ensemble cast that includes Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Billy Burke (Twilight), and Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human).
On the comedy front, NBC's Thursday night lineup returns largely intact, with 30 Rock returning to the anchor slot, followed by sophomore strip Up All Night and veterans The Office and Parks and Recreation. Cult favorite Community will move to Friday nights, where it will lead out of Whitney.
Greenblatt said that if Community’s audience follows it to its new time slot, it could get an extension beyond its 13-episode season order. Then again, it’s hard to imagine the show will surpass this season’s average rating (1.4 in the demo) on low-HUT level Friday night.
Sony Pictures Television hasn’t signed a new deal with Community showrunner Dan Harmon, and while Greenblatt couldn’t predict if Harmon would return to Greendale, he suggested that there were greater issues at play beyond the Chevy Chase brouhaha.
As for the new series, the buzzy Matthew Perry comedy Go On and the Ryan Murphy-produced The New Normal will air Tuesday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. Another new comedy block (Animal Practice, Guys With Kids) will lead off Wednesday nights. (The second new drama, Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire, will hold down the night’s 10 p.m. slot.)
Three other new comedies will be held for a mid-season premiere: 1600 Penn, Save Me and Next Caller. Among the freshman dramas set to bow in 2013 are: Do No Harm, Hannibal and Infamous.
NBC will present its formal upfront pitch to media buyers and advertisers tomorrow (Monday, May 14) morning at Radio City Music Hall. Its complete Fall 2012 schedule is as follows. New series are in bold:
8-10 p.m. — The Voice
10-11 p.m. — Revolution
8-9 p.m. — The Voice
9-9:30 p.m. — Go On
9:30-10 p.m. — The New Normal
10-11 p.m. — Parenthood
8-8:30 p.m. — Animal Practice
8:30-9 p.m. — Guys With Kids
9-10 p.m. — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10-11 p.m. — Chicago Fire
8-8:30 p.m. — 30 Rock
8:30-9 p.m. — Up All Night
9-9:30 p.m. — The Office
9:30-10 p.m. — Parks and Recreation
10-11 p.m. — Rock Center with Brian Williams
8-8:30 p.m. — Whitney
8:30-9 p.m. — Community
9-10 p.m. — Grimm
10-11 p.m. — Dateline NBC
SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. — Football Night in America
8:15-11:30 p.m. — Sunday Night Football
SUNDAY (Post-NFL/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. — Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. — Fashion Star
9-10 p.m. — The Celebrity Apprentice
10-11 p.m. — Do No Harm