NBC's 2013-2014 Schedule: New Nights for Revolution and Parenthood, No Night (Yet) for Community

By Tim Surette

May 12, 2013


J.J. Abrams' Believe will air on Sundays in 2014.

NBC has officially announced its 2013-2014 schedule, and it's kinda like NBC cleaned up its room by throwing everything into the closet and then the closet exploded. I can't help but look at this lineup and think, THAT'S IT? 

The biggest changes: Revolution is losing its valuable The Voice lead-in and heading to Wednesdays at 8pm, Parenthood is following a comedy block on Thursday at 10pm, and Chicago Fire is moving up to Tuesdays after The Voice's second airing of the week. New drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader, gets the best slot, nestling in at 10pm on Mondays behind The Voice. And Thursday's comedy block is almost entirely new, with Parks and Recreation the lone vet. 

Let's look at the schedule day-by-day (an easy-to-read version of the schedule is below if you want to skip straight to the goods):



MONDAY

Nothing much to break down here. The Voice stays put at 8pm for its two-hour episode, where it should continue to dominate. NBC wanted its best-looking new show to get a boost from The Voice, but since it doesn't really have any best-looking new shows, it put The Blacklist there. Ooh! NBC slam! But seriously folks, The Blacklist (pictured) stars James Spader as a master criminal who turns himself in to the FBI and agrees to help them catch other criminals in his network, but only if he works with a new agent (Megan Boone) that he's never met before. Midseason doesn't change. 


TUESDAY

Tuesdays look like a variety pack, with The Biggest Loser (that's still happening?) at 8pm, The Voice at 9pm, and Chicago Fire at 10pm. It's interesting that NBC opted to use a post-Voice slot for a show that already did "fine" on its own. Is NBC really trying to make Chicago Fire one of its big shows? Come midseason, the schedule makes a little more sense, with The Voice moving up an hour to 8pm and new comedies About a Boy and The Family Guide getting Voice leftovers at 9pm. Chicago Fire, which NBC assumes will be a massive hit by 2014, stays at 10pm all season.


WEDNESDAY

Revolution moves to Wednesdays, where it will have to survive on its own without the boost it enjoyed during its first season from The Voice. It'll also be interesting to see how the series does at 8pm instead of 10pm, where it was this year; will it become more family friendly and shed the strides toward violence it's made in the second half of Season 1? Law & Order: SVU follows at 9pm, and new show Ironside, starring Blair Underwood as a wheelchair-bound cop, rolls in at 10pm. Nothing changes in 2014.


THURSDAY

Perhaps the day with the most change is Thursday, where NBC's comedy block gets a three-quarter makeover. Parks and Recreation is the night's only returning series, but it's getting a bit of a demotion by moving up to the undesirable 8pm slot. After that, everything else is new: Welcome to the Family, about a Caucasian family and a Latino family that come together through marriage, gets 8:30pm; Sean Saves the World (pictured), starring Sean Hayes as a divorced dad balancing his daughter and boss, is the cornerstone at 9pm; and The Michael J. Fox Show, starring Fox in a sitcom loosely based on his life, airs at 9:30pm. Parenthood moves to Thursdays at 10pm. If NBC thought this season's Thursday numbers were bad, wait 'til they see next season's. Midseason Thursdays stay the same, but there will inevitably be changes as some of the new comedies fail.


FRIDAY

Dateline NBC kicks off the weekend! Nothing says "it's the end of the work week!" like a hard-partying news magazine. That's followed by Grimm moving back to Fridays at 9pm, and new "limited series" Dracula following at 10pm. Pirate drama Crossbones takes over for Dracula come midseason. Apparently NBC figures genre shows will do fine on Fridays, because I don't see why they wouldn't put these two new shows in a better spot.


SUNDAY

Footballin' until there's no more football! But when 2014 rolls around, it's Dateline NBC at 7pm, Nate Berkus's new homemaking reality show American Dream Builders at 8pm, J.J. Abrams' drama about a girl with special powers Believe at 9pm, and super conspiracy thriller Crisis (pictured) at 10pm. NBC was crushed once football season ended last year, so loading up on new big-name dramas appears to be an attempt to make the dropoff less noticeable.


WHAT'S MISSING?

The most obvious omissions are Community and Hannibal. NBC will likely jerk Community around again, using it to bail out whatever comedies get pulled early. As for Hannibal, it's still in-season, so NBC will probably wait until after the show's finale to make a decision on its fate. Also with no place to call home are Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago P.D., medical drama The Night Shift, and comedy Undateables.


BONUS: Here's the first trailer for the The Blacklist!



Here's what NBC's 2013-2014 schedule looks like in easy-to-read format (new shows in ALL CAPS):

2013 Fall Season

MONDAY
8pm The Voice
10pm THE BLACKLIST

TUESDAY
8pm The Biggest Loser
9pm The Voice
10pm Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8pm Revolution
9pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10pm IRONSIDE

THURSDAY
8pm Parks and Recreation
8:30pm WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
9pm SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
9:30pm THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
10pm Parenthood

FRIDAY
8pm Dateline NBC
9pm Grimm
10pm DRACULA

SUNDAY
7pm Football Night in America
8:15pm NBC Sunday Night Football


2013-2014 Midseason

SUNDAY
7pm Dateline NBC
8pm AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS (reality)
9pm BELIEVE
10pm CRISIS

MONDAY
8pm The Voice
10pm THE BLACKLIST

TUESDAY
8pm The Voice
9pm ABOUT A BOY
9:30pm THE FAMILY GUIDE
10pm Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8pm Revolution
9pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10pm IRONSIDE

THURSDAY
8pm Parks and Recreation
8:30pm WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
9pm SEAN SAVES THE WORLD
9:30pm THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
10pm Parenthood

FRIDAY
8pm Dateline NBC
9pm Grimm
10pm CROSSBONES

SUNDAY
7pm Dateline NBC
8pm AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS
9pm BELIEVE
10pm CRISIS



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  • Resistance Oct 18, 2013

    I am writing comments more for the Networks than for most of the regular message readers and commentators. I have read various comments from viewers on a few other webpages.
    Revolution Season 1 was a complex unfolding plot-it kept me tuning in even with the long hiatus Dec-March. The relationships developed in depth and complexity throughout the season-the acting has been better than in most other series as has been the dialogue and plot. There was more than enough killing in Season 1 to satisfy blood thirsty audiences. Those who were intrigued by the unfolding plot could divert their attention during these scenes which were much less graphic than in Season 2.
    Season 2 of Revolution has been a disappointment b/c of the changes made to increase ratings-it seems to satisfy some viewers with the increase of violent killing. Viewers who want to see blood are getting to do so (lots of it these past 2 weeks with the suicide scene in #3 and 5 scenes of gory death in #4) . Some of the new characters seem to satisfy the viewing needs of others for sociopaths.
    Really, if this is what it takes to get an audience, there is a bigger problem than NBC's ratings ... the audience IS the problem.
    NBC- consider getting this series back on track for those who appreciated it. 8 pm is an unsuitable time slot for this program for both Season 1 or 2. Elementary aged school children have enough to contend with given the evening news.
    Those who want to watch it will record it whichever time slot is scheduled-this is "Reality TV" viewing. North America is no longer viewing TV advertising so the real battle is with humanity's use of technology- similar to Revolution's adversaries.

  • winetalkorg Jul 23, 2013

    I am so glad Parenthood is back this was one of the best shows NBC has!!!

  • hwilcox411 Jul 05, 2013

    Revolution is awesome at 10pm or 8pm Monday or Wed night it doesn't matter. The sitting on the edge of your chair suspense never ends - they need more shows with this volume of intensity...

  • Monsoon28 May 28, 2013

    Gotta love James Spader! So looking forward to the Blacklist. Hoping the Michael J. Fox comedy is enjoyable, luckily it won't have to go up against Person of Interest, but Glee might still hurt it's chances...assuming people are still watching Glee...

    Oh yeah, Renew Hannibal already!

  • AmyTeves May 25, 2013

    Hannibal, Chicago Fire, and Revolution are the best of the new shows. They should be given appropriate time slots for the audience that they are intended for. These are well written and acted shows but for mature audiences. Although Revolution, could move a tad faster, the others are well paced prime time serials. Law and Order, Community, and Grimm are the better of the old shows, but still have adult themes. Most people don't have the time to watch T.V. anymore and DVR's and streaming programs on ipads while on the go are more common. More 30 minute programs that can be squeezed in on the commute are what is needed. What happened to family values? Even some of the comedies are for adults only. Family shows don't need to be all about comedy. Family drama should manage to entertain, promote family values and minimize violence, and adult themes without having a joke a minute inserted and still be relevant to today's family lifestyle. Good night Maynard G Krebbs.

  • syb72101 May 24, 2013

    PLEASE renew Hannibal!

  • liisterinen May 24, 2013

    please renew hannibal!

  • txgirl75 May 19, 2013

    Thursday nights look good.

  • mrjimmyjames May 14, 2013

    Sean Saves The World is dead already; I'm calling it. The whole gay Amos n Andy/gay minstrel show act has run out of gas.

  • mrjimmyjames May 14, 2013

    "The Michael J. Fox Show" For crying out loud Mike you can come up with a better name than that!

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