NBC's 2011-2012 Schedule: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

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One thing new NBC chief Robert Greenblatt apparently wants to emphasize is his affinity for working on Sundays. The chairman of NBC announced the network's 2011-2012 schedule to reporters today ahead of NBC's Upfront presentation on Monday, and because most of the cancellations and new series pickups were revealed/leaked/tortured-out-of-those-in-the-know last week, the real news today was where everything will land on the network's schedule. (There's an easier-to-read schedule at the bottom of the page.)

Mondays: With The Event gone ("The Event... NOOOOOOOooooooooooooo!!!"), Mondays will become "Music Mondays!" or whatever other corny name NBC decides to give the evening's programming. The Sing Off will kick off Garfield's most-hated day with two-hour episodes of singing, followed by new drama The Playboy Club in the 10pm slot. The decision to add The Sing Off to Mondays came about so the network could create a music-themed night all season long. NBC will put The Voice on Mondays come midseason, and continue the music theme with new Broadway musical drama Smash. If you don't like this idea, blame Glee. Heck, I blame Glee for just about everything these days.

Tuesdays: Tuesdays remain the same, with two-hour episodes of the The Biggest Loser followed by Parenthood.

Wednesdays: Humpday gets a massive face lift, with newbies Up All Night (Christina Applegate, Will Arnett) and Free Agents (Hank Azaria) forming a mini-comedy block. Lawyers will follow the laughs, with Harry's Law and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit putting bad guys behind bars at 9pm and 10pm, respectively.

Thursdays: The six-hour comedy experiment is OVER. Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office will keep their slots leading off the night, and new comedy Whitney (starring Whitney Cummings) is penciled in for 9:30pm. Tina Fey is pregnant, so 30 Rock is primed for a midseason return with an uninterrupted run. At 10pm, things get serious: Maria Bello headlines the U.S. adaptation of Prime Suspect.

Fridays: Chuck is now on Fridays. I repeat, Chuck is now on Fridays. NBC is screwing genre fans over by putting Chuck and new fantasy/cop show Grimm on party night. Assuming CW and Fox keep their Friday nights the same, that means Friday will be sci-fi/fantasy/geek night, with a potential three-way, 9 o'clock battle between Supernatural, Fringe, and Grimm. Are these network executives really that stupid? Spread the wealth, dudes! You're killing us! Dateline NBC rounds out the evening.

Sundays: Football, football, and more football, provided there is no NFL lockout. If there is an NFL lockout, NBC will hopefully air some UFL games. Go Omaha Nighthawks! Come midseason, Sundays will see the return of The Celebrity Apprentice from 8pm to 10pm, and new legal thriller The Firm, based on the book/movie of the same name, at 10pm.

Awake (the alternate-reality cop show previously titled REM), Are you There, Vodka?, It's Me, Chelsea, Best Friends Forever, and Bent have been held for midseason.

Are you Chuck fans okay with the show moving to Fridays? What do you think of NBC's proposed music-themed Monday night? What night are YOU watching NBC?

NBC Fall 2011-2012 schedule

(New programs in UPPER CASE)


MONDAY

 8-10 pm — The Sing-Off
10-11 pm — THE PLAYBOY CLUB

TUESDAY

8-10 pm — The Biggest Loser
10-11 pm — Parenthood

WEDNESDAY

8-8:30 pm — UP ALL NIGHT
8:30-9 pm — FREE AGENTS

9-10 pm — Harry’s Law

10-11 pm — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

THURSDAY

8-8:30 pm — Community

8:30-9 pm — Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 pm — The Office
9:30-10 pm — WHITNEY

10-11 pm — PRIME SUSPECT

FRIDAY

 8-9 pm — Chuck
9-10 pm — GRIMM

10-11 pm — Dateline NBC

SUNDAY

7- 8:15 pm — Football Night in America

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

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012


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There is only two shows i watch on NBC one is Grimm the other is sometimes Law & Order SVU. I don't really watch anything else on this channel. I watch Touch on FOX it's awesome and I watch Supernatural on Fridays. I also watch Once Upon a Time it's getting good and I used to watch House but it's off air now. I also watch or watched not sure if it's coming back on or not Terra Firma I also watch NCIS. I wish they kept The Event it was really getting good and I wish they kept Invasion and the other show that came on after it both alien type movies. I just don't understand why they would cancel shows that families could watch together and replace them with shows that only adults can watch. I think their ratings are messed up.
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Sucks balls that Chuck is going to be on Fridays. Now I have two shows that are competing against each other.
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What NBC has done with "Chuck" is just plain stupid. I have some shows that I watch very faithfully on Friday nights already, and moving my favorite spy show to that night really ruins my night. I will probably wind up watching the show "On Demand" rather than how I prefer to watch it, which is LIVE. NBC wants WAAY too much from Chuck. They already know that the fans are dedicated after they were forced to bring it back after the Subway Event, and they've gone ahead with plans to cancel it anyway after this season. Now they've taken it and put it where no one will watch it just to make sure it's good and dead. Very sad.
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I hate to see good shows moved to Friday only because that tends to kill them. I'll still watch Chuck, of course. I'm more worried about their being a three way tie between shows that I want to see *and record* for my collection all being on at the same time. When that happens, the one I choose to give up is usually the one that's on On Demand ;-) so that I can still see all three. Otherwise I'll have to get another DVR and split the signal ;-P
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I'll have to wait patiently for 30 Rock and Awake, nothing else seems interesting.
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I am good with the move of Chuck to Friday night. Only for one reason, and that is because of their being no more Smallville in that timeslot to watch. So, I can watch the sing-off, Harry's Law, and Chuck.. well that is 4 hours of my week nights decided. These are the ONLY shows I watch on NBC.
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NBC sucks anymore. The cancelled The Event... Chuck is good. The rest of the shows are just over. They need to replace them. The news shows also look lame. They need to come up with something nobody else is doing.
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When are these TV execs going to figure out that the way people watch TV is changing. DVR's/Ipad?HBOGO it doesn't matter what night the shows are on the DVR gets them. Chuck is saved again, even on Fridays is better than no Chuck at all??
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Chuck, Parks & Recs are the only shows I watch on NBC. I swear NBC gets worse every year.
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I'm so glad theyare bringing Parenthood Back Its one of the best shows of its type on tv.
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Three reasons to watch NBC: "Whitney", "Smash" and "Chelsea." I'm mixed on "Playboy" and "Grimm" but i'll check them out anyway.
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Harry's Law.
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Hubby watches Community and we both watch Chuck. I just hope the networks don't mess up our DVR world too much changing stuff around or we won't get everything watched.
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i just realized all i watch on nbc now is parenthood lol
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I wish they had kept Harry's Law on Mondays in the third hour. It was perfect there. Now they have it on against Criminal Minds and it will not do good against it. I watch Criminal Minds only (unless Tom doesn't re-sign and come back) then I would watch Harry's :Law. Which is the only show on NBC that I watch.
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I guess I'll just have to watch my On Demand more often! Too bad about The Event! Scifi fans always get the shaft.
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I don't mind "Chuck" on Fridays, but I'll have to watch "Fringe" instead of "Grimm". That was kind of stupid to move the best shows from Monday to Friday. Then again, if I had the choice of "The Event" & "Fringe", I'd go with "The Event". NBC used to make Mondays enjoyable, now they are making them horrible, at least for NBC, anyway. Isn't Friday night the day they send all shows to die?
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Once Chuck, Harry's Law, and Law & Order SVU are done so are we with NBC! We are tired of them cancelling good shows like The Event for the crap that they put in it's place! These stations need to really find a new way to get ratings for their shows! So many of us not being heard and not being counted!
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Im just glad Chuch was renewed. Although its only a 13 episode season, maybe.. JUST maybe... ratings will be good enough for a full season pickup.
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Yesssssss!!!! Go parenthood!!!'
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I hear the world's ending soon. Very insightful of NBC to make that not so disappointing.
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Agreed docspector..
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Well... NBC still has Community. And maybe pro football. Another year of "meh" for the peacock...
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@ shootingstar609: Chuck season 5 is being planned as the last season. The same as Smallville's latest season was. So hopefully they are able to go all out and give us a great ending. I'm annoyed about it being moved to Friday but as long as they air all the episodes and don't suddenly remove it from the schedules then i'm ok with that.
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gonna tune in for awesome community, and harrys law. might check out up all night, free agents, and GRIMM
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Probably just Fridays, to watch Chuck. I'm not excited about the move, but if NBC is saying that the next one will be Chuck's last season then the move makes sense. I'd be annoyed if Chuck and Fringe were on at the same time though.
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I'll only be watching Parenthood on NBC. I won't bother investing my time for NBC to cancel another show I like. Everything else doesn't sound like it will last anyways...
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@tvguy007 - assuming NBC does not cancel Chuck prior to completion of the 13 episode 5th season, it will have a total of 91 episodes not 100.
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Doesn't bother me any, Torrent is a way of life....
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I don't watch anything on NBC... lol
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parenthood and up all night..
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If they would just go ahead and cancel "Community" then there would be absolutely no reason for me to ever watch NBC again...
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I actually don't mind Chuck moving to Fridays. I have nothing to watch on Fridays, whereas on Mondays I could never watch Chuck because other shows I enjoy more took precedence.
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Say what you will about NBC, but they definitely have the best comedy block on tv.
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With how things are working these days it's nearly impossible for a show to succeed, IMHO. Even shows without huge story arcs take time to work through introducing all the characters and then introducing how everything fits together. In the last few years I've seen that it takes around 6-10 episodes for any show to really get going. We've seen a LOT of shows canceled after anywhere from 1 to 5 episodes. In short, the show hasn't even had a chance to show to the audience what it's about, who the characters are, and where it is going. So, a show that could have been great gets booted and a new show takes its place. Rinse and repeat. Now, the network execs want ratings but in the long run they want to make money. If they keep canceling shows without giving them a chance then people will quit watching and if people quit watching then people aren't watching TV ads and the network slips in ranking and ratings. So, why should anyone invest any time in watching any new or existing shows knowing full well that the show could be canceled at any time? I know a number of people who simply don't watch TV anymore. They've grown weary and wary and can't justify getting into a show only to see it canceled. The network execs have really put themselves in a no-win situation with their decisions.
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I love Supernatural unless they kill off Castiel, then I will give Grimm a try.
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these people are idiots, scheduling is really horrible
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As much as I like Chuck and Supernatural nothing is going to keep me from watching Fringe. Of course, that's what DVRs were made for. I'd give Grimm a shot, but from the way NBC gets rid of new shows it probably won't last long. The rest of their schedule just doesn't interest me.
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Since there are only 13 episodes left for Chuck I don't think there'll be a problem for Chuck fans to watch the show on fridays.
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this is why NBC sucks putting Chuck on Fri. WHAT THE HELL!!!!
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hay guys if chuck comes back with an amazing season 5 , is there any chance it could get another season ?
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hay guys if chuck comes back with an amazing season 5 , is there any chance it could get another season ?
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Nooo! Chuck makes Mondays bearable! But since I live abroad, I suppose I can still watch on Mondays since I never get to watch it when it airs anyway...At least it was renewed, but when it ends NBC can count me out of everything else on their lineup.
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chuck was perfect on mondays, you start the week and you look forward to something great like chuck
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I'm not happy with Chuck being moved to Friday, but since it has been confirmed as the final season I'm just happy NBC renewed it.
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Me and my family have officially given up on NBC. We will not watch any new NBC shows as for the last 3 to 4 years we get involved in a new NBC show and then they go and cancel it after the first season. RIP NBC
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The only new shows i will be checking out are The Playboy Club and Grimm. Other then that there is nothing i watch on NBC.
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chuck should be back on monday
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No am not ok with Chuck moving to Friday that's just plain stupid. Stupid move NBC, just plain stupid.
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Geeks don't party so why not put all four shows on Friday?
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