Smash, Celebrity Apprentice All Stars, 1600 Penn And Other NBC Premiere Dates Set

By Kelly West 2012-10-30 14:15:47 discussion comments
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Earlier, we shared the good news that NBC had finally set the new return date for Community. Sure, we have to wait until February, which seems like a long time to wait, considering it was supposed premiere this month, but on the bright side, the show has landed a Thursday night time slot. Community isn't the only series with a return date. NBC set the season premieres for Smash, Celebrity Apprentice and the fourth season of The Voice. There are also a few new shows on the menu.

Here's NBC's midseason schedule.
SERIES PREMIERES:
-- New Drama Deception (Formerly “Infamous”) Monday, January 7
-- New Comedy 1600 Penn Thursday, January 10
-- New Relationship Series Ready for Love from Eva Longoria Sunday, March 31

ANTICIPATED RETURNS:
-- The Voice Begins Fourth Cycle Monday/Tuesday, March 25/26
-- The Season's Newest Hit Revolution Returns Monday, March 25
-- The Biggest Loser Weighs in Sunday/Monday, January 6/7 with Return of Jillian Michaels
-- Smash Dances Back to the Schedule Tuesday, February 5 with Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson
-- Community Returns Thursday, February 7
--The Celebrity Apprentice Debuts Sunday, March 3
-- Betty White’s Off Their Rockers Comes Back Tuesday, January 8

Among the new series is Deception (recently retitled from Infamous), the soapy drama starring Meagan Good that follows a female detective who returns to snoop around the wealthy family she grew up around in the hopes of uncovering the truth behind her former best friend's death. Deception's set to air at 10:00 p.m. on Monday nights starting January 7. Revolution fans will recognize that timeslot, but rest assured Revolution will be back from its hiatus, returning to its usual Monday-night spot when The Voice returns for Season 4 on March 25.

The Broadway-focused musical drama Smash will be set up on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. come February 5, returning for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere airing from 9-11 p.m. ET, and then airing at 10:00 p.m. for its regular one-hour episodes beginning Tuesday, 2/12.

As we mentioned earlier, Thursdays will include Community once again come February 7 when the series returns for Season 4. The Thursday night comedy block will begin with Community at 8:00 p.m.. Parks and Recreation will air at 8:30 p.m.. The Office will presumably stay put at 9:00 p.m. (NBC's announcement doesn't mention The Office specifically, but they make no mention of anything airing from 9:00 - 9:30 on Thursdays so it's probably safe to assume The Office will play out the rest of its final season in its usual timeslot). And finally, there's 1600 Penn, the new comedy that puts Bill Pullman (Independence Day) back in the White House, playing the president once again, while Jenna Eflman plays his wife and Book of Mormon's Josh Gad plays his trouble-making son. That'll close out the two-hour comedy block for NBC on Thursdays. Check out the trailer below:



And finally, on Sunday nights, NBC has Eva Longoria's Ready for Love set to premiere on Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. The show is described as "an innovative and dramatic new relationship show about making real connections." Sounds interesting. Even more exciting is the anticipated All Stars season of The Celebrity Apprentice, which premieres March 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The reality competition series will be set up with two-hour episodes for the first four weeks, after which it'll shift to one-hour episodes on Sunday, March 31 (airing at 10:00 p.m.).
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