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

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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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