NBC Announces Its Fall Premiere Dates... Starting in August


"After everything you've put us through, now you're keeping us off the air until October?!"

Well, there go the TV.com staff's late-summer vacation plans: NBC has announced its first round of fall premiere dates, and the rumors you've heard are true: The network will kick off its 2012-2013 TV season in August, with hopes that its coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics will help launch some of its new shows.

However, not all of NBC's programming is getting a head start, so let's get the bad news out of the way first: Community will premiere later than literally every other show on the network, new or old, and won't return until October 19.

Otherwise, the fun begins in August—and things are about to get all kinds of confusing, so hang on tigh (and note that there's an "at-a-glance" premiere date listing at the bottom of this page).

Things kick off on Wednesday, August 8, with a "sneak peak" at new Matthew Perry comedy Go On airing after that night's Olympics coverage. Four days later, new comedy Animal Practice—which stars Justin Kirk as a vet who loves pets but hates people—will get the same treatment, airing after the Olympics' closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 12. New reality series Stars Earn Stripes debuts the following night, on Monday, August 13, and leads into the the Season 2 premiere of Grimm (which will air on Mondays through the end of the month). Then everybody takes a break until a week after Labor Day, when The Voice returns for Season 3 on September 10; this will be the singing show's first fall run, and its two-hour premiere will lead into reruns of the Go On and Animal Practice pilots that debuted during the Olympics in August.

Got all that so far? Okay, let's press on.

Things kinda start to normalize on Tuesday, September 11, when Go On settles into its normal 9pm time slot, followed by the debut of Ryan Murphy's new comedy The New Normal at 9:30pm. Parenthood caps off the evening with its Season 4 premiere.

But wait, here's another sneak peak! On Wednesday, September 12, the second-to-last episode of the current season of America's Got Talent will lead into the debut of the new Jimmy Fallon-produced comedy Guys With Kids. Then the AGT finale, which airs the next night on Thursday, September 13, will lead into a rerun of The New Normal's pilot. Grimm closes out the week, returning to its regular time slot on Friday, September 14 at 9pm.

The week of Monday, September 17 kicks off with new post-apocalyptic drama Revolution premiering after The Voice; NBC's Thursday-night comedy block returns with three of its four shows (Up All Night, Parks and Recreation, and The Office) a few days later, on September 20.

After that it's straggler city: The already-bounced-around-by-that-point Animal Practice and Guys With Kids move into their permanent Wednesdays-at-8pm hour on September 26, leading into the two-hour premiere of the stalwart Law & Order: SVU at 9pm. 30 Rock will return to Thursdays for its seventh and final season starting on October 4, and I'm guessing its later start means it will run with little to no interruption though a series finale in December. New drama Chicago Fire shows up to the party on Wednesday, October 10.

Which finally, finally brings me to Friday, October 19, when Whitney returns for Season 2 at 8pm, followed by a Dan Harmon-less Community at 8:30pm.

Phew! I think that's it. Since NBC is the first of the major networks to announce any fall premiere dates, it'll be interesting to see whether any of the other big players follow suit, or whether they'll just stick to the old model of unveiling nearly everything in mid-to-late-September. Do you have a preference one way or another? Let's hear your reactions to NBC's new "strategy" in the comments!


NBC'S FALL 2012 PREMIERE DATES

New shows are listed in uppercase.


Wednesday, August 8
GO ON (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)


Sunday, August 12
ANIMAL PRACTICE (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)


Monday, August 13
8-10pm – STARS EARN STRIPES (two-hour premiere)
10-11pm – Grimm


Wednesday, September 5
7:30-8:30pm – NFL Kickoff Special 2012 (regular season)
8:30-11pm – Sunday Night Football (regular season)


Sunday, September 9
7-8:15pm – Football Night in America (regular day and time)
8:15-11pm – Sunday Night Football (regular day and time)


Monday, September 10
8-10pm – The Voice


Tuesday, September 11
9-9:30pm – GO ON (time period premiere)
9:30-10pm – THE NEW NORMAL
10-11pm – Parenthood


Wednesday, September 12
10-10:30pm – GUYS WITH KIDS (sneak peek after penultimate America's Got Talent)


Friday, September 14
9-10pm – Grimm (time period premiere)


Monday, September 17
10-11pm – REVOLUTION


Thursday, September 20
8:30-9pm – Up All Night
9-9:30pm – The Office
9:30-10pm – Parks and Recreation


Wednesday, September 26
8-8:30pm – ANIMAL PRACTICE (time period premiere)
8:30-9pm – GUYS WITH KIDS (time period premiere)
9-11pm – Law & Order: SVU (two-hour premiere)


Thursday, October 4
8-8:30pm – 30 Rock


Wednesday, October 10
10-11pm – CHICAGO FIRE


Friday, October 19
8-8:30pm – Whitney
8:30-9pm – Community

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what about do no harm ????????????
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Grimm. That is all.
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Just Grimm for me. Gutted they cut Awake. Stupid NBC.
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AWAKE!!!!!!!
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Only two I can find to watch - Grimm, Law and Order SVU

Will give a chance to new premiere chicago fire, Revolution and GO On

doesnt seem like much for a fall line up
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Anytime after Sept. 15th suits me. But keep them coming! Forget the hiatus-play until Christmas Week and then get back at it Jan. 3rd.
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I just read all the comments on this page. Poor NBC, turn in your belly button

and retire from the human race. You are a failure of a network. Why don't you

surprise the world, cancel "reality TV" and return to 'thinking, thought-provoking

drama"? Oh boy did I just make a joke.
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I am so surprised "Grimm" made it to a season 2. NBC's reputation for anyting

sci-fi is pathetic, again witness "Surface". I see an advertisement for a show

called "Revolution" - who are they kidding? Watch 3 shows and then it will

disappear? With their history, this is exactly what will happen. I'll not get "hooked"

by NBC again with anything sci-fi.
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Grimm, Parenthood, SVU: that's it for me on this network. But then again no matter what

new show they start NBC always messes it up and never concludes it, to wit, "Surface'

a few years back. Give up NBC, you just cannot hack it. (Yes, "Awake" was good: why

not substitute that time slot with another scripted unreal reality show.) NBC just cannot

keep their act together. They do not want mature audiences, nor audiences who

think, like those who watched "Harry's Law" which had very modern and up-to-date

issues. Just more mindless drivel. I won't start a new show on NBC because it wil

get cancelled in a couple weeks; NBC does it every year. This country would be

better off without this network.
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Revolution is a definite yes, as is Olympic Games coverage.. Possibly Chicago Fire and I do watch Sunday Night Football.
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Nothing there I want to watch
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Revolution. I'll also tune in to the office since its the last season, maybe Micheal will make a guest apperance
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NBC has nothing that I would watch - they seem to be for the "Y" generation
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Just think we could've been watching season 2 of Awake instead of Whitney folks!
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While I'm not really into any NBC shows (Community being the exception), I'm actually sort of happy about the bumped up schedule. Usually I'm already back in school when TV shows start premiering, which means I have zero time to actually sit in front of the TV and watch the shows live. I actually might be able to watch Go On and Chicago Fire as they air, which is a total treat for me because I usually have to rely on Hulu...or other methods (I don't have a DVR!)
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Really NBC, Animal Practice is your post-Olympics bump show? You and I both know you're going to cancel that crap in 2 months.



Anyway, what a mess, good job NBC for making your network even less watchable. Have fun being in last place again with your normal programming.
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I am not watching any of NBC shows because they can't keep their act together. They introduce a new show and viewers get hooked on it but if in two airings has a low rating they pull it off the air. They won't let it pick up. They don't cater to mature audience either. Harry's Law and The Firm are two of the best shows on TV this decade and they cancelled them and put a reality crap show.

Why would I waste my time watching from this network when they don't waste time cancelling good shows then? :-(
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NBC is totally out of the loop. Harry's Law was great and how come we don't see new episodes of Law & Order SVU. How many stupid comedies are they going to schedule? The comedies are horrible. And we don't need more reality shows. How about good drama. Fortunately they kept Parenthood. Don';t count us seniors out. We watch a lot of tv.
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As seen in the past, no network likes to premier shows against another network's "special event". While the Olympics are great people will either watch them then turn off the TV or watch something else and not bother tuning back onto NBC. CBS and ABC would be smart to just stick with a September premier and let NBC shoot itself in the foot as far as their new shows are concerned. Sadly, Grimm will probably suffer the most because of it.
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Parenthood, with awake cancelled this takes my number 2 spot for best show currently on tv. Number one is breaking bad
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I can't wait for Grimm and Revolution!
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August is good. I like it because it's sooner than September. But later than July. It's still a little hot outside, though.
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Are you high?
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Seriously, having Community on NBC is like Stephen Hawking guest starring on Jersey Shore. Why does this moronic inbred crapshoot of a network keep treating the intelligent kid with so much contempt? Community deserves so much better. And why the hell is it following Whitney? Please, please, please HBO, Showtime, hell even TBS come and save this gem of a show - anyone else thinking Community/Cougar Town comedy hour?
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Some pretty stupid scheduling there.



Of course, I didn't expect any less from NBC.
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The August premieres are really more sneak peaks, although this could really hurt Grimm as many will just think the new episodes are reruns.



It sounds like what they're doing with Community is to air six or seven episodes before Christmas then run the rest next year so they can stretch 13 episodes out over a season.

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I couldn't give a toss about most of NBC's current shows, and no way I start watching a new show because it will just get the same treatment as Awake.
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Awake was amazing. I don't think any show will top those last few episodes this whole year except breaking bad.
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the whole August thing is a joke. it's like basically they just want to finish up some stuff earlier so they can order some more shows that'll be cancelled right away.. atleast the good ones will be cancelled most likey and the ones that should be cancelled would stick around for 80 years
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So really, the August start is just a big psych out and their fall season actually starts when everyone else's does in Sept.
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NBC put Community after Whitney ? What a sick joke.
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Parenthood keeping its slot, good.
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Just The Office for me.
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Where is DO NO HARM? The other new tv series to premiere an sundays
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Do No Harm will be a mid-season replacement.
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What about SNL?
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#sixseasonsandamovie



I just want it to keep trending...
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Lets say Season 4-13 episodes

Season 5-13 episodes

Season 6-13 episodes



It could end at exactly 100 even if NBC does things right. Comedy Central has already bought the first 71 episodes to air the reruns. I'm sure they'd be up for 39 more
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really don't care that Community doesnt return until October. As long as it RETURNS period.



hopefully #SixSeasonsAndAMovie can actually happen
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Just to ensure that even FEWER people will watch their shows, NBC made a schedule as confusing and non-fan friendly as this one! Good going, NBC morons!
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I hate NBC

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Let's see if I've got this right, NBC:



1. You tepidly renew the best comedy on television for a shortened 13-episode season.

2. You banish Community to the Friday night death slot.

3. You pair Community with the show North Koreans force their prisoners to watch as a means of torture (a.k.a. Whitney).

4. (This one is directed at Sony as well.) You fire the most creative and ingenious showrunner comedic television has ever known without so much as a phone call (real classy).

5. Finally, as if what you've done already just isn't enough, Community will be the last show you premier for the upcoming fall season.



Does that about cover it, NBC? Or would you like to shit on us Community fans some more?
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I dont disagree with you. NBC is my least favorite network (HEROES FIASCO)



but um...at least they did one thing right. They renewed the show
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"Community will premiere later than literally every other show on the network, new or old, and won't return until October 19"

aww why? darn. well i guess if the new shows flop they can bring it back earlier (and maybe give it a better time slot at the same time)? Also hope the quality doesnt change, i would rather know sooner than later

At least Parks comes back sept 20th so thats ok
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also prob should have taken that picture of annie on the main page as a sign that it wouldnt be good news when it comes to community
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October 19... That will be the date where we will find out whether the new Community show-runners are worthy of being given such a funny, creative series, or if they end up destroying something truly amazing. Either way, it stinks that it won't be back until October, because the suspense will be killing me.
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No Chuck *Sigh*
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NBC is just trying to annoy us. Ugh, they're like bullies. I'm get a tomato and throw at their building
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Community on october? I hate you NBC. Bunch of idiots.
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On the bright side, we don't have to see Whitney until October.
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Who forces you to watch Whitney? Thought you Americans had freedom of ...Woopsiii doo, the networks choose. Check out the Canadian show Continuum. Fantastic!
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. Lol
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