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


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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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.
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I am so glad Parenthood is back this was one of the best shows NBC has!!!
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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...
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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!
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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.
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PLEASE renew Hannibal!
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please renew hannibal!
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Thursday nights look good.
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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.
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"The Michael J. Fox Show" For crying out loud Mike you can come up with a better name than that!
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Sean saves the world got cancelled and Community swoops in
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I don't like this schedule. Parks and Rec is being sacrificed to TBBT, Revolution is in a completely different place (though the demo could be higher at 8) and Believe, the ONLY new show I want to watch is up against The Walking Dead and probably Game of Thrones.
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There seems to be some decent new shows coming on NBC. They could have scheduled them better.

Is Welcome to the Family the same show as The Family Guide?

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Any word yet on where The Sing-Off is going to fit in NBC's schedule? Will it go back to a Christmas miniseries as rumored, or will it be a Voice replacement?
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I think NBC has a better schedule than the last time around. I hope Revolution can swim on its own.

The Blacklist seems like a better version of The Following. And I think I'm going nuts but from the clips, MJF Project seemed the least funny one (and I actually like MJ Fox) while Sean Saves the World actually looked good (the girl was endearing). Excited for Dracula as well.
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Is NBC trying to kill themselves? To not develop a single show with an audience that isn't reality crap? Yanking established shows around is always boneheaded, especially newer ones. You can play that after a couple years of solid ratings, but this will probably kill Parenthood, Grimm, and Revolution almost certainly.

Parks and Rec, NBC's strongest comedy, against the unstoppable BBT? WHY!? I know NBC is playing the same game everyone played on them during the Must See TV days and trying to catch that moment when people get tired of BBT, but that day is not coming soon and trying to have that battle now is pretty much admitting defeat.

I see yet another failed J.J. Abrams show.

It just seems like NBC is upset they had to renew anything because nearly all their shows they can consider "successful" are placed into spots that are not the best for survival, except for Chicago Fire, which I don't even get since I feel it's pretty weak.
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Ironside - A wheelchair cop. Really? REALLY??? In what brain cell did NBC actually think "Hey, this could work"
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Sean Saves the World didn't look as bad as I thought it would! Since Welcome to the Family has Clark from Awkward in it, I'll check it out (so now it means it'll be cancelled first) and The MJF show was the least funniest to me but that may or may not be their comedy that next season! Ironside didn't look bad either but my Wednesdays are packed (unless ABC changes some stuff, which I hope they don't). This is like the most credit I've given to NBC ever...WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME?!
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JACK BAUER IS BACK MY FRIENDS!!!

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A blind and deaf chimp with one hand tied behind its back could make a more logical schedule.
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wow, the only show my DVR will be recording from NBC is Parks and Recreation. and maybe i'll watch football if the eagles are on, but they are usually on FOX or MNF on ABC.
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Parks And Recreation and Community are the only two NBC comedies remaining. The other NBC comedies are automatically axed. They cannot get new ones like these types of classics: Gimme A Break!, Silver Spoons, Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Blossom and Hang Time (#1 favorite NBC show).
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Great, Parenthood and Elementary are on at the same time. I watch both of these shows. Well, I guess atleast they got second seasons. Also, they put the Sean Hayes and Micheal J. Fox show against Person of Interest. How can new shows compete against Person of Interest?
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Ironside with Blair Underwood will be a total failure, it`ll last just a few episodes. He`s a terrible actor, with a pretty face.
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What is NBC thinking with moving Revolution to an 8pm time slot? That is just asking to kill the show. Revolution is definitely a show that should be in a 10pm time slot. I really don't understand why they moved it in the first place, but what can you expect from NBC. They really have absolutely no clue how to schedule shows for success. When they have a greta show they ruin it by placing it in a bad time slot.
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In addition, what are they thinking placing Revolution against CW's Arrow? Like I said, NBC needs to learn how to schedule their shows.
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Why even start watching the good shows as they always gets cancelled. The bad shows stays on and I can't be bothered.
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NBC - Always fucking with Community since 2009
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"The Blacklist" seems to have the potential to be quite good.
It feels like a blend between Hannibal and The Following...with a little mystery slapped on top (What makes the rookie-profiler so interesting for Spader...).

Let's just hope that they don't turn it into a terrorist-of-the-week show...
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The rookie-profiler is his daughter.
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He don't know she exist before, and this is his way to bond with her, still, I love Spader and this show have a lot a potential.
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I think it speaks volumes that I watch a lot of my TV online as I am not from the US, and even I couldn't give a damn about any of these new shows. NBC needs to really re-think everything.
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Same here. The only NBC show I watch sometimes is The Voice, which is just sad. (Though Hannibal isn't bad)
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The same for me. I'm European and will watch shows that either have a great premise/promise or great reviews. None of these shows have what it needs to be in that schedule. And yes, community is. I understand that I'm not the audience NBC is looking for, but I could be an ambassodor in my country for their shows.
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NBC is remaking Ironside after the remake of Knightrider worked out so well.lol
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...and Bionic Woman.
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I'll be shocked if any of those freshman comedies last the full season. And why would NBC move Parenthood to such a tough time-slot? Chicago Fire's new home might be ok, and the two monster shows on Fridays makes sense.

I really hope one of the dramas (preferably Ironside) is DOA so that Believe takes its place. Otherwise, Sundays are going to be insane.
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Putting the blacklist where its at i think is a smart move. This show has a decent cast and looks like it could be this years "The following", at least that is what NBC hopes. Although if 24 does actually come back and goes back to monday at this time slot that will kill the blacklist

Also with community not being in any time slot i guess it becomes the "Rules of Engagement" of NBC which would be fine with me since that show made it 7 seasons lol
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But Rules of Engagement actually got good ratings.
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The Blacklist wouldn't compete with the new 24 because FOX's 10pm time-slot is the news.
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I'll be extremely disappointed if their messing around with Revolution causes it to lose the ratings that got it renewed for a second season.
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As long as we keep getting Parenthood, that's all I care about.
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Hannibal got less than 3 million overall viewers last time on. It should be canceled with that, but NBC may surprise, as they did with Community, and renew it.

NBC also has to decide Fashion Star and Betty White's Off Their Rockers. Rockers, I think, generally had better overall ratings than Hannibal and Community - Maybe even the two combined.

Could care less about revolution. If it is moved to an earlier slot, but continues its senseless violence, it should be taken out and shot. Believe should be put in its slot instead or put before Grimm.

Family Guide, Welcome to the Family, and possibly About a Boy seem likely to be canceled soon after. I wouldn't be surprised if Ironside is too, but that might surprise. Crisis may go in time as well, but I think people may give it a shot for a bit.

American Dream Builders seems like NBC trying to copy what ABC did with their home renovation show - Extreme Makeover or whatever that was.

Sean Saves the World, Blacklist, and Micheal J Fox are toss-ups.

Parenthood, though I gave up on it, should be tried on Sundays at 9pm or 10pm, Not sure they'll do better, but don't really think it will do worse. In that case, I would put Believe before it. Do we need two Datelines??? How about one of the Chicago shows after Parenthood too?

I would try Ironside on Thursday after Fox's show.

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Way to shit on Parks by letting the Big Bangers trounce it over on CBS. It's better suited to 9PM anyway (IMO) and in many ways has earned that better slot by surviving all these years. Hopefully it'll get time-shifted when one of NBC's many new comedies inevitably bites the dust hard.

I'll prefer having Grimm back on Fridays, which, while probably bad for it ratings-wise, is a better night for that type of fare, especially if they're pairing it with yet another (groan) vampire show. (Jebus, another vampire show?! Fer cryin' out loud. Aren't the kids saturated with that genre already?)

Really, really, REALLY looking forward to seeing Revolution have to stay afloat based solely on its "merits." And while I'll rue the day when we no longer get Tim's hilarious reviews of that dreck, at least the show will finally die the death it so richly deserves.
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The Blacklist sounds cool, but it's going to have to work hard to get away from the OTHER 2 network crime shows in that timeslot (assuming they don't change, and why would they when they're both successful). Also, The Voice is a generic lead-in, not a great choice to give to a crime show. I also predict The Voice is going to outstay its welcome quickly and go the way of Smash next season.

Wow, you are not kidding about Tuesday being a mess, the midseason kinda makes more sense but I just don't think The Voice is going to continue to have legs, and I know Chicago Fire is too generic to be a huge draw.

Ho ho, Revolution is fucked on Wednesdays being the lead-in. Oh my GOD! Why does NBC keep trying to put Law & Order: Special Rape Unit at the family-friendly 9pm slot?!? This is always a disaster. Ironside after SVU too? No way this will work.

That's pretty risky of Thursday to put that much new between Parks & Rec and Parenthood, I think Parenthood might do ok there as nothing else lately has been able to make a dent. I guess they're going for a family theme, but it's gonna be an uphill battle.

Oh Friday, you're so funny thinking that'll work.

Sunday Sunday Sunday, it's NOTHING ANYBODY WILL WATCH AFTER FOOTBALL!
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Poll is not a "check all that apply" type, it's a "choose one". I would have chosen the top 3.
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I've always wondered exactly how bald James Spader was. Now you can actually tell. Always covering it and probably wearing hairpieces. He has to have been hiding it for at least fifthteen years.
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Eh? Weird thing to care about! And you certainly can't tell from the above pic how bald he is or isn't, all you can see is a thinning of the sides of the temples from the above pic...
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Not really. Especially when you consider that keeps dramatically changing his appearance. I didn't realize he was going bald until he appeared on The Office and it surprised me. It was looking very odd and unnatural. Then I started to realize he must have been covering it up for a while. If you watch the trailer you can tell that he has a very deep receding hairline where no hair is growing and an area in the middle where the hair has been shaved that shows where it's growing and where it's not.
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The Blacklist never sounded interesting before but now that I've seen the trailer I'm impressed. I guess Spader is what's making it seem so good. Spader has found yet another way to reinvent himself. Is a possible Emmy award in his future?
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Sean Saves the World will die! Same with Ironside! I think that Undateables (very unfortunantly) will end up airing in the spring, maybe at 8:30? I think that Welcome to the Family will get like 19 episodes or something, and run through mid-March to be replaced by Undateables for probabaly 10 weeks (or 9 weeks, with the pilot episode airing during the Olympics). Night Shift will not get aired until summer I think. Revolution will flop though, so maybe it will get pulled after 13 episodes and get replaced by Night Shift post-Olympics as I think Chicago PD will do for Ironside. At the end of the season, I think The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, Grimm, Dracula, Believe, Crisis, Parks and Recreation, Welcome to the Family, Undateable, The Micheal J Fox Show will be renewed, Community and Parenthood will end on their own terms, and the rest canceled.
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What is NBC?........... Such a network by that name still exists???......
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Community will obviously take the place of the shows on during 8:30-9.. and NBC will air three episodes each week to burn it off.
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Welcome To The Family will fail, CBS tried the same thing with Rob, which was horrible and was canceled rather quickly. NBC is giving up on Revolution and Parenthood, both will not make it in their new timeslots.
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I preferred Parenthood on Tuesdays.

Say goodbye to Revolution.
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Gladly: Goodbye, Revolution!
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(slams the door hard and locks it immediately)
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I'm disappointed that they're yanking Grimm from it's Tuesday slot. I really liked watching it right after the Voice. =/ I hope this is a sign that NBC just trusts Grimm to continue on fine without the lead in and not some sign that they're losing faith in it... The show is awesome.
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I would like to see Grimm get a better spot, although Fridays have become a good spot for the show and it should give Dracula a big boost. And while it's likely that NBC will keep Grimm about regardless of ratings, I doubt Dracula will last shoved into the 10pm Friday slot.
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I can't see Revolution surviving on Wednesdays at 8.
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I think it's definitely safe to say it's a goner.
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From your lips to...well, you know the rest.
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NBC likes to shove around its veterans which already have an established audience (Grimm, Revolution, Community) in the hopes the fans will follow these shows no matter where NBC puts them, all that in favor of new, untested, shows. In some ways that makes sense, but could prove disastrous in case these new shows don't build up an audience and the older shows suffer.

Grimm has already worked fine on Fridays, and in fact some fans here have said they were already so used to watching it on Fridays. I, for one, got used to watching a fresh download on Saturdays at lunch, and it always matched my weekend feeling, so to speak. But moving Revolution to 8 p.m. is positively a bad move. The show can be exciting, but it has obvious flaws, faces a lot of criticism, and the 8 o'clock audience tends to be very different from the later time slots, and I still remember the bad experience we've had with Last Resort on ABC at 8pm. NBC might be killing one of its popular shows right there.

Oh, and I have no words for what they are doing to Community and Hannibal. It seems they want people to forget Community and not get any new viewers besides the undying fans. And if they renew Hannibal, where will they put it, since the weekly schedule is already formed? Will it be a fall show as well?
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Revolution should've been paired with Believe since they share the same executive producer and they're both genre shows.
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