NBC Announces Its Fall 2013 Premiere Dates, Saves Most of Its New Series for October


Today is officially the first day of summer, so naturally it's time to start seriously thinking about the fall. Now that CBS has kicked off this year's annual Fall Premiere Date Announcement Party a bit earlier than usual, it looks like the other major networks are ready to follow suit. Next up is NBC, which—now that it doesn't have the option of using the Summer Olympics to launch its new shows like it did last year—is mostly returning to the traditional "Premiere Week" model, with a release schedule that's largely concentrated in the last full week in September... except with regard to its freshmen shows and Grimm

The Voice and new James Spader drama The Blacklist will kick things off on Monday, September 23; the singing show gets a two-hour premiere that will reunite its original judging panel of Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton (Usher and Shakira are sitting out the fall). Chicago Fire returns for its sophomore season on Tuesday, September 24 (after the first Tuesday edition of The Voice). Revolution makes its mid-week debut on Wednesday, September 25, and leads into the Season 15 premiere of Law & Order: SVU (which will pick up where it left off, with Olivia in the clutches of a killer). Parks and Recreation returns for Season 6 on Thursday, September 26 with an hour-long premiere, followed by a two-episode debut for new comedy The Michael J. Fox Show and the Season 5 premiere of Parenthood, which moves to Thursday nights after several seasons on Tuesdays. Dateline wraps up the week on Friday, September 27. 

It's interesting that NBC appears to be saving a handful of its new series for the first week in October—Premiere Week-Adjacent, you might say. The network's Ironside reboot, starring Blair Underwood as the titular wheelchair-bound detective, bows on Wednesday, October 2, and new comedies Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World will take their spots in the Thursday-night comedy block on October 3. My thinking is that NBC possibly wants to stagger the debuts of its new shows in order to avoid competing with CBS during Premiere Week, and possibly with ABC and Fox as well if those networks also decide to return to the "launch everything in one week" tradition. 

So what's left? Grimm! And Dracula. Oh, and The Biggest Loser, too. (And Community, but we already knew that one would be missing, at least initially.) Those are the stragglers: The Biggest Loser returns on Tuesday, October 8. Then, Nick and Monroe and the rest of the Portland monster(-hunting) crew will be back on Friday, October 25, and that same night will open the coffin on the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring vampire drama, just in time for Halloween. 


NBC's 2013-2014 Fall Premiere Dates:
(New shows in bold and ALL CAPS)


Monday, Sept. 23

8-10pm – The Voice (Season 5 premiere)

10-11pm – THE BLACKLIST (Series premiere)


Tuesday, Sept. 24

10-11pm – Chicago Fire (Season 2 premiere)


Wednesday, Sept. 25

8-9pm – Revolution (Season 2 premiere)

9-10pm – Law & Order: SVU (Season 15 premiere)


Thursday, Sept. 26

8-9pm – Parks and Recreation (One-hour Season 6 premiere)

9-10pm – THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (Series premiere with two back-to-back episodes)

10-11pm – Parenthood (Season 5 premiere)


Friday, Sept. 27

9-11pm – Dateline (Two-hour season premiere)


Wednesday, Oct. 2

10-11pm – IRONSIDE (Series premiere)


Thursday, Oct. 3

8:30-9pm – WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (Series premiere)

9pm-9:30pm – SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (Series premiere)


Tuesday, Oct. 8

8-9pm – The Biggest Loser (Season 15 premiere)


Friday, Oct. 25

8-9pm – Dateline NBC (Time period premiere)

9-10pm – Grimm (Season 3 premiere)

10-11pm – DRACULA (Series premiere)


Fall premiere dates by network: ABCNBC | CBS | FoxThe CW

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I have seen all these shows but not all there episodes. In this guide, I followed most of it.
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grimm, it's not halloween it's the 25. It's a week before.
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The only show listed I will watch is Chicago Fire, from DVR because Person of Interest has top priority because it is a much better show. None of the other shows listed seem interesting at all. Keep trying NBC, some day you might get it right. Body of Proof was pretty good, but you took that off too.
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The Black List, The Michael J. Fox Show, Dracula.
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I love Parenthood and Law & Order: SVU, going to give Ironside a chance (i'll give it 2 or 3 episodes) but what happened to The New Normal? that show was soooo funny!
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The only show that I would want to see on this list would be 'The Blacklist'.......,
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Wow....NBC actually did it...they have managed to create a lineup that has NOTHING at all that I want to see. Ok, I am intriuged by the Michael J Fox show for perhaps obvious reasons and have not seen anything on it, but with that one potential exception, now that any show I actually watched is gone (well, I guess Community is coming back though?), it seems like NBC has finally become the network to me that it has been to everyone else for a while now (don't ask me why, but outside of maybe Fox, I always felt NBC was one of the best networks despite what people said about it, as it had the highest concentration of shows I watched outside of like, HBO and stuff, certainly more than ABC or CBS).
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With where the put everything, everything will be canceled and they'll have to start from in September 2014 with a completely new line-up. Parenthood going up against Scandal and Elementary equals canceled. Chicago Fire up against Person Of Interest might work, because the new ABC show is going to bomb and be canceled after 2 episodes where it'll be burned off in the summer on Saturdays. With Chicago Fire getting a spin-off I don't see it being canceled, but Law & Order had several and it got canceled before the spin-off's so we'll see. Law & Order: SVU has run its course...it might be time to let it go NBC or bring Stabler back. All of the new shows will fail miserably and Revolution is as good as canceled going up against Survivor and The Middle.
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Grimm will probably be the only show to return for 2014-2015, although CBS moving Hawaii Five-0 to Fridays and the popularity of Shark Tank might start to hurt it, but I don't think that'll happen.
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I don't like the October wait for Grimm, but it'll be better than schedule shifting and pulling from the schedule for 3+ months.
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Looks like Thursday nights are going to be good.
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ack Grimm back to fridays ... you suck
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If you thought Revolution was bad as a 10pm show......
Spoiler alert, Miles gives Monroe a cape at the start of season 2.
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8-9pm – Revolution (Season 2 premiere) & 10-11pm – IRONSIDE (Series premiere) not looking good so far
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Parks & Rec, Community and Michael J. Fox are all they've got for me this season. I've been branching out to cable more and more the past year. I will watch all the pilots as per usual but M.J.Fox is the only one that jumps out for me.
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Hannibal should have a full season
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Where the new shows are concerned, I love me some Dracula so I cannot wait until that show premieres! The Blacklist actually managed to hook me, not just with James Spader, then with the small preview I watched last month. I'll give it a shot. And Michael J. Fox? I love the guy! But sitcoms just aren't what they used to be. Hopefully the show hits its mark and garners a huge audience.

From the returning shows, I'm only giving my time to three of them.

I love a good success story so I am highly anticipating some fresh faces in the new season of The Biggest Loser. With only one hour each week though, I wonder if the season will be drawn out or they just really cut back. Either way, I can't wait.

I'm also excited for the return of Revolution. The show got so much flack for multiple reasons, but as I never really dissected each episode and actually watched the show for the hour of entertainment it was, I very much enjoyed the season. The season finale proved to be very exciting and promised for a fun finish to the cliffhanger, so I have high hopes for what happens next!

When it comes to Grimm, I am both happy and sad. I am sad because the show is super freakin' awesome and I have to wait until the end of October to watch it! But I'm happy because 1) NBC wasn't a massive jerk and readily renewed this beautiful masterpiece, and 2) Grimm premiered last season in August which caused a multi-month gap between new episodes right smack dab in the middle of the 2012-2013 season. That wasn't cool. Even though I have to wait longer to see what becomes of Portland's favorite weirdos, the late premiere date pretty much ensures that another multi-month gap will not take place. It's a good trade off. :-)
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The blacklist sounds good and it is always good to welcome back James Spader to TV. It is also fantastic to welcome back Michael J Fox (always a fan even more so now). I did wonder why MJ Fox did know chose CBS or FX since he worked on The Good wife and rescue me the last few years. I am okay with whatever network he is on, I just hope his show will not get cancel and NBC just seems more trigger happy !
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Grimm is GREAT! Dracula sounds OK, but I've kind of had enough of vampire related stuff... I will give MJF a chance.
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Parenthood and Michal J Fox new show. I may try Sean new sow.
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Biggest Loser, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Grimm and Dracula
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Wow, NBC really must have nothing in the chamber if they have to spread it throughout October, this is a very limp way to do a season premiere, I think.
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The Voice, Chicago Fire & Dracula
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It's SVU, Grimm and Dracula for me.
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yay for 1hr premiere of P&R but wheres community? is i coming out in feb again?!
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I'll watch Grimm and I may try The Blacklist.
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Grimm and Dracula are the only shows on NBC this season I care to watch and they don't start until the end of October. If they really want people to watch their network then they shouldn't be waiting until everyone has already gotten involved in shows on other networks first.
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I'll be watching The Blacklist for sure!!!
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I'll definitely watch Parks & Rec, and I guess I'll still watch Revolution.

But the one I'm most excited about, which isn't listed on here, is the return of Community after its one year hiatus. ;)
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I'm not exactly sure about the Blacklist, but it could be good if done right, so I may check it out if the first season gets a good enough reception and it doesn't get cancelled. I would check out The Michael J. Fox show, but I don't want another heartbreak like with Go On...
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where is Chicago P.D. and Crisis? are they only for 2014?
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When does Community start again? I hope we don't have to wait until February again, although i 'd rather wait if that guarantees a better quality season than the last one (Dan Harmon please!).
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The Blacklist looks interesting but the rest of these new shows don't.
Any word on when the following will be premiering?
About A Boy, Believe, Crisis, Crossbones and Under the Gun.
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This is the part where I'm disappointed Hannibal isn't listed.
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I think Hannibal is only back in 2014 !
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I know they said it would return next year, but that's SO FAR AWAY. D:
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I'm checking out The Blacklist but I don't know why, probably because Monday isn't great for TV.
I'm super excited for Parks & Rec one hour premiere (or is this just two eps back to back?), The Michael J Fox Show and Dracula.
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Why is Grimm only coming back in October??? Eish!
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The only thing I may consider checking out is The Blacklist... and that's only if there's nothing else on Monday's.

Don't judge me, but does anyone else think Sean Saves The World looks okay? (for a completely 'traditional' sitcom).
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I'll be trying two new NBC at most and neither one am I the least bit excited about. the blacklist just because james spader looks interesting in it. and welcome to the family because there aren't so many family shows that I can stomach.

bring on FOX!
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Snooze. I am so much more interested in SHO and FX's fall lineups. When I see that, I will bust out the giddy.

What is with cramming scifi/fantasy into Friday nights? That is so irritating.
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the 26th of October is a Saturday not a Friday, so I an guess you mean the 25th. unless they are moving Grimm to Saturdays which is just weird
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Right you are. Just a typo, will fix!!
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I'm excited about the Parks/MJF 2 hour premiere block. Ohh, and Parks is going to London, surprised there's no mention of that,

I like that Grimm and Dracula premiere for Halloween, gives a whole to promote both shows.

And BTW, other websites are saying The Biggest Loser is premiering the 8th, not the 28th
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Wow Dracula premiering on a Friday! Either they have no hope for that show or hoping for a Grimm-like success. Regardless, I will definitely check out Dracula out since I'm a fan of supernatural shows.
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At the top there are a couple of peices of incorrect info.
-Monday is September 23, not 21.
-Sean Saves the World is at 9:00, not 9:30
-Tuesday is October 29, not 28 (this is incorrect in the lower schedule as well)
-October 29 is not after Halloween (neither is October 28)
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Also: Friday is October 25
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Eek, so embarrassing. Cleaned everything up. Sorry about that!
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Where the F is Community ??????????
Please NBC don't screw Community like you did this year especially now that Dan Harmon is back
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It's still going to be like 13 eps. Once you go down, you never get more eps. so we'll just have to deal. So I'm guessing will premiere the same as Season 4.
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Chuck Season 1-13 eps
Chuck Season 2-22 eps
Chuck Season 3-19 eps
Chuck Season 4-24 eps
Chuck Season 5-13 eps
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I guess that's ok
but i hope they tell them that so they don't mess up like season 4 Halloween episode being out of place
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Last season Community was supposed to premire in the fall, this season they know that it will premire likely January or February.
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Yes, but they will not create a Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas episode or anything like that unless they know that they will air then, and they don't know that. What I was saying is that last year the people who worked on Community thought that they would premire in October, so there was no reason not to create a Halloween episode.
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Unless they're holding it to fill in when (not if) one of the new shows fails out of the gate.
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