NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule: Community Moves to Fridays, The Voice Will Air in the Fall

By Jen Trolio

May 13, 2012

NBC announced its 2012-2013 schedule today, one day ahead of its official Upfront presentation, and because most of the network's renewals and cancellations—not to mention new series pickups—were revealed/leaked/tortured out of those in the know last week, the real news today is where everything has landed.

We'll go through the new schedule on a day-by-day basis in just a second, but before we do, here are the basics: Get ready for a lot of comedy, spread out over four different nights. And you might want to do some facial stretching so you won't pull any muscles when your eyebrows raise and your jaw drops over some of NBC's weirder show pairings/time slot switches. Finally, Community fans should be warned: You're not gonna like what's ahead.

Psst! There's an easier-to-read "at a glance" schedule at the bottom of this page.

The first promo shot for new drama Revolution.


As we expected (but also advised against), The Voice will air in the fall, possibly in addition to its typical midseason run. The show will air three hours a week, with a two-hour block from 8pm to 10pm on Mondays and a follow-up hour on Tuesdays. New drama Revolution, a post-apocalyptic series from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, finishes out Mondays, airing from 10pm to 11pm.


Tuesdays will no longer be weighed down by two hours of The Biggest Loser, at least in the fall (the show is expected to return in the midseason). Instead, they'll feature a mix of singing, comedy, and drama, beginning with the week's third hour of The Voice and giving way to new comedies Go On (starring Matthew Perry) and The New Normal (from Glee creator Ryan Murphy) in the 9pm hour. Parenthood stays put at 10pm.

The first promo shot for new comedy Animal Practice.


Humpday belongs mostly to freshmen, as new sitcoms Animal Practice (Weeds' Justin Kirk as a vet who loves pets but hates their owners) and Guys With Kids (about new dads who still like to party, produced by Jimmy Fallon) lead off the night at 8pm and 8:30pm, respectively. Veteran drama Law & Order: SVU moves up an hour to 9pm, followed by new drama Chicago Fire at 10pm.


NBC's long-running Thursday-night comedy block remains intact—in the sense that there's still a Thursday-night comedy block from 8pm to 10pm. As for the shows that fill it, it's hard to miss the glaring absence of TV.com favorite Community, which is moving to Fridays (more on that in a minute). 30 Rock—which, as you'll recall, is only renewed for 13 episodes—is taking over the 8pm slot, followed by Up All Night at 8:30pm. The 9pm hour sees a return to the old The Office
 and Parks and Recreation one-two punch—though I guess these days it's probably more like a zero-three punch? The Office will get a full 22-episode season, contrary to what was previously reported, and even though it's been widely assumed that both 30 Rock and The Office are headed into their swan-song seasons, NBC chief Bob Greenblatt took care to point out that "We haven't definitely said that to any of them yet." Finally, because NBC has apparently given up altogether on the Thursdays-at-10pm time slot, Rock Center with Brian Williams rounds out the night.

What I have to assume the Community cast members looked like when they found out their show is moving to Fridays.


Ugh. The shows in NBC's new Friday lineup go together like peanut butter and fish. Whitney kicks things off at 8pm, followed by Community at 8:30pm to form an hour-long comedy block that can't possibly please fans of either show. Grimm stays where it is at 9pm, and Dateline NBC rounds out the evening. Regarding Community's big move, let's ignore the parallels to what NBC did with Chuck and try to look at the bright side: The show made it onto NBC's fall schedule, which means it has a shot at a back-nine episode order. And that means there's a chance of it getting a full season (so far it's only renewed for 13 episodes). Plus Community is the kind of show whose fans will follow it. Right, you guys?




Football, football, and more football in the fall. Come the midseason, reality rules the evening, with Fashion Star at 8pm followed by The Celebrity Apprentice at 9pm. Scripted programming returns at 10pm with new drama Do No Harm.

So what's left? New dramas Hannibal and Infamous, as well as new comedies Save Me, 1600 Penn, and Next Caller, have all been held for midseason. Smash, which is already renewed for Season 2, will also return at that time.

Okay, let's hear it! What are your thoughts on NBC's new schedule? If you were an exec at the network, what would you have done?

NBC's fall 2012-2013 schedule

(New programs in ALL CAPS)


 8pm - 10pm — The Voice
10pm - 11pm — REVOLUTION


8pm - 9pm — The Voice

9pm - 9:30pm — GO ON
9:30pm - 10pm — THE NEW NORMAL
10pm - 11pm — Parenthood


8pm - 8:30pm — ANIMAL PRACTICE
8:30pm - 9pm — GUYS WITH KIDS

9pm - 10pm — Law & Order: SVU

10pm - 11pm — CHICAGO FIRE


8pm - 8:30pm — 30 Rock
8:30pm - 9pm — Up All Night
9pm - 9:30pm — The Office
9:30pm - 10pm — Parks and Recreation

10pm - 11pm — Rock Center with Brian Williams


8pm - 8:30pm — Whitney
8:30pm - 9pm — Community
9pm - 10pm — Grimm

10pm - 11pm — Dateline NBC

SUNDAY (fall 2012)

7pm - 8:15 pm — Football Night in America

8:15pm - 11:30pm — NBC Sunday Night Football

SUNDAY (post-football/midseason 2013)

8pm - 9pm — Fashion Star

9pm - 10pm — The Celebrity Apprentice

10pm - 11pm — DO NO HARM

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  • modernfamily120 Jun 11, 2012

    So it looks like I'll be spending thursday at 8:30 and friday at 8:00 on nbc instead of thursday at 9:30 and whitney on demand

  • MarcSilverber May 28, 2012

    I absolutely refuse to watch anything new on NBC. They will just cancel anything good anyway. Screw you NBC

  • sandykmac May 18, 2012

    I guess I won't be watching on Thursdays, at all.

  • fayvour May 17, 2012

    Why do they always seem to ax the shows I like for example Unforgetable, the gifted man

  • CharmedOneP391 Jun 04, 2012

    Thats CBS not NBC

  • LeePierce May 17, 2012

    They must have zero faith in their Wednesday nights. That one day is all over the place- You have two freshman comedies, then two crime procedurals. The least that they could do is move Whitney to Wednesdays at 8, that way an existing audience would carryover to Men with Kids.

  • MikeScott25 May 15, 2012

    Honestly, this could be a good thing for Community. I really doubt its tiny but loyal following isn't going to follow it to Friday nights, and at least on Fridays expectations are lower. I certainly don't expect an uptick in the ratings, but I doubt ratings will drop that much in its move to Fridays. Maybe it can stay alive longer. I don't believe there are really any other comedies on on Friday nights. This and Whitney will probably be the only two. So it will have less competition on a Friday night. On Thursday's it was up against The Big Bang Theory. I guess we'll see. But this could be interesting. And if it doesn't make it at least fans got another season (even if it's a short one). It could have been canceled all together. Though if they've renewed it for another season I wouldn't doubt they'll keep it around until there's enough episodes for syndication. And I believe it would still be short with this 13 episode order.

  • tbys1980 May 15, 2012

    So is Smash gonna stay a midseason show?

  • MikeScott25 May 15, 2012

    Maybe if they don't kill it and it gets a third season it will change to a fall show.

  • Skoad May 15, 2012

    They are trying to kill Community slowly and force bad ratings. Lets hope that doesnt happen.

  • MarcSilverber May 15, 2012

    Dear NBC,

    Please do us all a favor: Observe what successful networks are doing and copy them.


  • JolarEQ May 16, 2012

    Exactly. Or, look back in time to what they used to do, when they were the number one network.

  • MikeScott25 May 15, 2012

    So annoyed they are holding Smash until mid-season. Especially after the awesome finale tonight! It should be brought back in the fall. I at least hope they won't wait until Season 2 is about to premiere before they release Season 1 on DVD/Blu-ray. At least if they release it early enough it could give people plenty of time to catch up on the first season before Season 2, hopefully resulting in more viewers.

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