Monday, May 13, 2013

NBC 2013-2014 fall schedule

First out of the gate to announce their Fall 2013 television schedule is NBC. Still heavy on the comedies but with fewer night scheduled than the preliminary schedule for 2012 showed, NBC cleaned house on the majority of their 2012-13 comedy line-up and axed Whitney, Guys With Kids, Go On, The New Normal, 1600 Penn as well as this year being the final season for veterans 30 Rock  and The Office. Absent, for the time being, from the 2013-14 NBC television schedule are veteran Celebrity Apprentice, cheap-to-make Betty White's Off Their Rockers, critical darling and fan fave Community and recent critical fave Hannibal whose fate is still undecided. Community, though, was officially picked up for 13 episodes and seems to be ready to play the part of utility guy and standing by to plug a hole for one of the sure-to-be-canceled sitcoms.

All told, NBC is slowly making some progress but placing Revolution in the first hour of primetime seems to be a waste when a more fitting player would be family drama Parenthood which seems to be wasted in the final hour of primetime on Thursday. Also baffling is the inclusion of The Biggest Loser getting a slot after the one-hour Tuesday edition of The Voice. A mass-appeal drama would be a great fit there in the fall but The Biggest Loser *has* to be nearing its end.

8 The Voice
10 The Blacklist (James Spader as a former fugitive turned FBI agent)

8, The Voice
9, The Biggest Loser
10, Chicago Fire
8, The Voice
9, About A Boy (Based on the movie)
9:30, The Family Guide (A blind father and a family divorce as seen through the eyes of a family member)
10, Chicago Fire

8, Revolution (New Night)
9, Law & Order: SVU
10, Ironside (reboot of the 1967-75 series with Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound detective)

8, Parks and Recreation
8:30, Welcome to the Family (Culture clashes among a interracial family)
9, Sean Saves the World (Sean Hayes returns to TV as a single Gay dad with Linda "Alice" Lavin playing his mother)
9:30, The Michael J. Fox Show (Fox returns as a TV newsman with Parkinson's)
10, Parenthood (New Night)

8, Dateline NBC
9, Grimm
10, Dracula (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in an all new twist on the Bram Stoker classic)
8, Dateline NBC
9, Grimm
10, Crossbones (John Malkovich as the infamous pirate Blackbeard)

Drama repeats

7, Football Night in America
8, Sunday Night Football
7, Dateline NBC
8, American Dream Builders (Designers are given the chance to show off their plans in front of host Nate Berkus)
9, Believe (A young girl with special gifts is being protected by a wrongfully convicted inmate)
10, Crisis (A national crisis erupts when a school bus is taken hostage and the people involved are thrust into the conspiracy involving it)

Also picked up
Chicago PD (Spin-off from Chicago Fire, this time focusing on the men and women of Chicago's finest)
The Night Shift (Drama set in a San Antonio Hospital)
Undateable (A group of guys are getting challenged in the world of dating by a slacker)
Food Fighters (Reality competition that pits amateur cooks against experienced chefs)
The Second Million Dollar Quiz (Game show that will take 12 days, a gigantic structure and at-home interaction to win $10 million)

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