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)