NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule
NBC announced today that its midseason lineup will include three new series, along with the returns of the musical drama “Smash,” the comedy “Community,” and new seasons of “The Voice,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Biggest Loser.”
The first of the new series to premiere will be the murder mystery “Deception,” which stars Laz Alonso and Meagan Good as an FBI agent and detective investigating the death of a 32-year-old heiress to a pharmaceutical empire. It will air Mondays from 10-11 p.m., beginning Jan. 7, replacing “Revolution,” which will return March 25.
The White House comedy “1600 Penn” will debut Jan. 10, airing from 9:30-10 p.m. Thursdays. It stars Bill Pullman as the president and Jenna Elfman as his wife and is billed by NBC as “‘Modern Family’ meets ‘The West Wing.” Jason Winer, an Emmy-winning director of “Modern Family,” is a co-creator and directed the series’ pilot.
“Parks and Recreation,” which airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. will move to 8:30 p.m. Thursday beginning Jan. 17, replacing “Up All Night,” which will return later in the season.
“Ready for Love,” a dating series where three matchmakers will help find the perfect mates for what are described as three successful and handsome men, will premiere March 31, airing from 8-10 p.m. Sundays.
“Ready for Love” will be hosted by Bill Rancic, the first season champion of “The Apprentice,” and his wife, Giuliana, an “E! News” anchor. “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is among the executive producers.
The weight loss competition series “The Biggest Loser,” will have its season premiere Jan. 6 and will regularly air from 8-10 p.m.
The unscripted series “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” will begin its second season Jan. 8, with back-to-back episodes airing from 8-8:30 and 8:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays.
The musical drama “Smash,” will begin its second season Feb. 5 with a two-hour episode. It will regularly air Tuesdays from 10-11 p.m.
“Community” will begin its fourth season Feb. 7, airing from 8-8:30 p.m., replacing “30 Rock.”
The all-star edition of “The Celebrity Apprentice” will begin its season March 3, airing from 9-11 p.m. Sundays.
The singing competition “The Voice,” will begin its fourth cycle March 25 and will continue to air from 8-10 p.m. Mondays and 8-9 p.m. Tuesday.
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