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NBC announces fall schedule

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  May 16, 2011 06:56 AM

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NBC is up first this week, as the networks announce their official fall and midseason schedules. The network, eager to recover from years of failure, is introducing 12 new scripted series -- six dramas and six comedies.

A few notes: "30 Rock" won't premiere until midseason, due to scheduling issues involving Tina Fey's pregnancy. "The Sing-Off," previously a holiday series, will air for the entire fall, and then "The Voice" will take over the Monday slot for the winter and spring. "Chuck" will be back, on Friday nights. "Law & Order: Los Angeles" didn't make it. And "The Celebrity Apprentice" will be back next winter with another "boss," if Donald Trump decides to run for president.

Descriptions of the new shows -- in capital letters on the schedule -- are after the jump.

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

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


"Prime Suspect": An adaptation of Helen Mirren's British series, starring Maria Bello. Also in the cast: Aidan Quinn, Brian O'Byrne, and Kirk Acevedo.

"The Playboy Club": Set in the early 1960s, the drama will look at American culture in the era of "Mad Men," with stories of the bunnies and their interactions with the mobster clientele. Eddie Cibrian, Amber Heard, and David Krumholtz are some of the stars.

"Smash": A musical drama about Broadway and the struggle to create a show based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The series was created by Steven Spielberg, and it stars Debra Messing and "Idol" alum Katharine McPhee.

"Grimm": A supernatural drama inspired by the classic fairy tales.

"The Firm": Based on the film and novel by John Grisham, this legal drama will rejoin the life of attorney Mitchell McDeere 10 years after he brought down a Memphis law firm.



"Whitney": A look at a complicated relationship starring Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia.

"Up All Night": Christina Applegate and Will Arnett star as a married couple. She's a PR exec, he's a stay-at-home dad. Maya Rudolph is in the cast, as her boss and best friend.

"Free Agents": A workplace comedy based on a British series. Set in a PR agency, it stars Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn.



"Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea": Inspired by Chelsea Handler's book, the sitcom will star Laura Prepon as the stong-willed Chelsea and Lenny Clarke as her father.

"Best Friends Forever": A look at old friends who become roommates.

"Bent": A romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet and David Walton.

"Awake": A surreal drama about a detective leading a double life. Jason Isaacs stars.


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