NBC's Premiere Schedule Gives Chuck a Late Start

The Peacock has bared its plumage for the fall season, unveiling its 2011-2012 premiere schedule today—the last of the major networks to do so. It'll be another rebuilding year for NBC as the network struggles to regain its one-time glory after a string of embarrassing years; the new schedule will rely heavily on the network's newly-branded Music Mondays, which have been bolstered by the success of midseason reality competition show The Voice and will continue with The Sing-Off anchoring Mondays in the fall.

The influx of amateur singers to the beginning of the week—announced during the network's upfront presentation in May—moved Chuck to Fridays, which didn't sit too well with the action-comedy's fans. And this next bit of news will likely anger them even more: Chuck has been kicked out of premiere week and won't start until October 21, along with new fairytale thriller Grimm.

The decision to air Grimm on Fridays and debut it so late in the season is a bit of a brainfart on the part of NBC executives—not only will their highest-profile sci-fi show be up against sci-fi stalwarts Supernatural and Fringe in the 9pm timeslot, but it will also premiere during the same weekend as the upcoming season's other new fairytale series, ABC's Once Upon a Time (which debuts October 23). It's like NBC doesn't even want to give Grimm a chance and is doing everything it can to bury it. Why so grim on Grimm, NBC?

But one scheduling move I do like is getting a head start on most of the competition. NBC is bringing back Parenthood and debuting new comedies Up All Night and Free Agents a week before "Premiere Week," ensuring that a few more eyeballs will check out the goods before the onslaught of brand-spankin'-new TV that will rain down on us between September 19 and September 23. This is something NBC needs to do in order to regain some of its luster. (The CW is also getting early start, but ABC, Fox, and CBS are mostly sticking to Premiere Week.)

NBC's 2011 Fall Premiere Dates

(new shows in CAPS)

Thursday, September 8


8-8:30 pm: NFL Kickoff Special 2011 (regular season)

8:30-11 pm: Sunday Night Football (regular season)

Sunday, September 11


7-8 pm: Football Night in America (regular season)

8-11:30 pm: Sunday Night Football

Tuesday, September 13

10-11 pm: Parenthood

Wednesday, September 14


8-10 pm: America’s Got Talent (season finale)

10-10:30 pm: UP ALL NIGHT

10:30-11 pm: FREE AGENTS

Monday, September 19


8-10 pm: The Sing-Off

10-11 pm: THE PLAYBOY CLUB

Tuesday, September 20


8-10 pm: The Biggest Loser

Wednesday, September 21


8-8:30 pm: UP ALL NIGHT (regular time period debut with original episode)

8:30-9 pm: FREE AGENTS (regular time period debut with original episode)

9-10 pm: Harry’s Law

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

Thursday, September 22

8-8:30 pm: Community

8:30-9 pm: Parks and Recreation

9-9:30 pm: The Office, now with James Spader!

9:30-10 pm: WHITNEY
10-11 pm: PRIME SUSPECT

Friday, September 23


9-11pm: Dateline NBC


Friday, October 21


8-9 pm: Chuck

9-10 pm: GRIMM
10-11 pm: Dateline NBC

Saturday, September 24


8-9 pm: Harry’s Law (Repeat)

9-10 pm: Prime Suspect (Repeat)

10-11 pm: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat)

Anything that catches your eye with NBC's premiere schedule?


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Parenthood and Parks and Rec. Nothing else. Looks like a boring schedule anyway.
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The entire schedule looks terrible, apart from Grimm. Looks like the same garbage on NBC once again. It's like they are trying to stay at the bottom of the pile.
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I can't wait for GRIMM! I love the scary stories from the Brother's Grimm and this looks like an excellent show! I can't wait!

Chuck needs to end. I was a fan, but the last season was painful to watch.

Looking forward to the return of Law and Order: SVU

I didn't know that James Spader is officially taking over on the Office. He'll do a great job and I'm looking forward to it.
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Community, Parks and Recreation & The Office, all in the same night, ca ching!$!
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for once nbc is giving a show a proper ending, im gonna miss chuck.
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NBC blows. Luckily they allowed Chuck to end, but really everyone is in complete agreement about how idiotic the NBC execs are.
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I don't watch anything on NBC... Hahaha.
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will chechk out grimm, thats it
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Absolutely nothing on NBC I want to watch this season, I was thinking about watching GRIMM but really it's nothing more than a FRINGE\SUPERNATURAL hybrid and considering it's up against both of those in direct competition I give it a snowball's chance in hell of surviving
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Not too worried about the Chuck delay, since it's a short season and it's the last one.
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Yeah nbc why are you trying to kill Grimm?
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COMMUNITY!! :D
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I hate you NBC, as soon as Chuck is gone, so am I.
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Why doesn't NBC let someone that actually watches tv schedule their programming for them. Clearly putting similar shows on the same nights as others networks are is a dumb idea. Ya people have pvr's, but your can only pvr so much at once! Take Friday for example Grimm, Fringe, Supernatural, and Once upon a time. Well I think I'll stick with my all time 2 favorite Supernatural and Fringe! DON"T BE SHEEP NBC DO YOUR OWN THING AND SEE RESULTS!!
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As usual, NBC won't even register on my TV. They don't even have decent reruns in their schedule. I haven't watched NBC since ER went off the air and that was about 2 seasons before that!
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Why do networks feel the need to cannibalize each other audiences? CW, Fox, and now NBC have their scifi/male oriented programming all on Friday to compete with each other. While Tuesday nights is filled with female friendly programming which would have an easier time getting male viewers.
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Huh, Harry's Law going up against Criminal Minds isn't good at all.
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@YeOldOne - I think they are under the idea that, with it being the last season, it doesn't really matter if it succeeds or fails, which I suppose is fair enough. At least they've been good enough to give us fans a proper final season.
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I watch too much TV (but then I never sleep). In premiere order: Parenthood, UP ALL NIGHT, FREE AGENTS, Harry's Law, SVU, Community, Parks & Rec, The Office, Chuck, GRIMM, and SMASH in the mid-season. Considering THE PLAYBOY CLUB and PRIME SUSPECT, but probably not.
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Chuck is suppose to be only 13 episodes long. If they don't start it until October then they won't end until January at least. Given that there's a lot of repeats around Christmas it could be stretched out to March, thus giving using it for most of a full season. But there would be little reason at this time not to air all the episodes. At this point I would be suspicious of Grimm actually ever airing. And the interest in a horror show after Halloween tends to drop. I could easily see it not coming back after Christmas.
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And they're putting Harry's Law against Criminal Minds? Guess they're trying to kill that one too. So far looks like a weak line-up.
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Looks like parenthood is it for me on NBC..
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Why the Heck would you kick Chuck out of premiere week?! Hello!!! Now we have to wait 3 months and 15 days to see Chuck and Sarah Bartowksi!! Gah!
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WTF are they doing to Chuck? Do they want it to fail?
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