NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule Sunday that capitalizes on the popularity of "The Voice" by launching a new fall edition of the singing competition series.
The network also plans to add six new scripted series in the fall and four at mid-season, banking on comedy this fall by adding comedies to Tuesday and Friday nights. The season's new fall comedies are "Go On," "The New Normal," "Animal Practice" and "Guys with Kids." Other mid-season comedies include "Save Me," "1600 Penn" and "Next Caller."
The new fall dramas are "Revolution" and "Chicago Fire," with "Do No Harm," "Infamous" and "Hannibal" joining the lineup in mid-season.
New reality series include "Stars Earn Stripes," "Howie Mandel's White Elephant," "Ready for Love" and "Surprise with Jenny McCarthy."
Besides "The Voice" returning, other scripted series that will be back are "Smash," "Grimm," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Community," "Parenthood," "Parks and Recreation," "Whitney" and "Up All Night." Returning reality series are "The Celebrity Apprentice," "Fashion Star," "The Biggest Loser" and "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." "Dateline NBC" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams."
NBC's fall schedule is shown below, followed by the descriptions of its new reality shows. Check out this gallery of photos, descriptions and video sneak peeks of the scripted series.
NBC FALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times CT)
7 p.m.: "The Voice"
9 p.m.: "REVOLUTION"
7 p.m.: "The Voice"
8 p.m.: "GO ON"
8:30 p.m.: "THE NEW NORMAL"
9 p.m.: "Parenthood"
7 p.m.: "ANIMAL PRACTICE"
7:30 p.m.: "GUYS WITH KIDS"
8 p.m.: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
9 p.m.: "CHICAGO FIRE"
7 p.m.: "30 Rock"
7:30 p.m. "Up All Night"
8 p.m.: "The Office"
8:30 p.m.: "Parks and Recreation"
9 p.m.: "Rock Center with Brian Williams"
7 p.m.: "Whitney"
7:30 p.m.: "Community"
8 p.m.: "Grimm"
9 p.m.: "Dateline NBC"
SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
6 p.m.: "Football Night in America"
7:15: "NBC Sunday Night Football"
SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
6 p.m.: "Dateline NBC"
7 p.m.: "Fashion Star"
8 p.m.: "The Celebrity Apprentice"
9 p.m.: "DO NO HARM"
NOT RETURNING: "Are You There, Chelsea?," "Awake," "Best Friends Forever," "Bent," "Chuck," "The Firm," "Free Agents," "Harry's Law," "The Playboy Club" and "Prime Suspect." See MORE CANCELED SHOWS
NEW REALITY PROGRAMS
(Descriptions from NBC)
"Stars Earn Stripes"
The TV cop who wants to prove he can handle a gun in real life. The athlete making the transition from field to battlefield. The performer who wants to show how well she can perform under a different kind of pressure. In this fierce, entertaining and emotionally charged new competition honoring America's armed forces, nine celebrities will gather at a secret training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into treacherous locations to long range weapons fire, these stars will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally ...and emerge in awe of the men and women who do such tasks on behalf of our country every day. From executive producers Dick Wolf ("Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU"), Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Survivor") and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor"), this extraordinary show will donate money raised through the competition to veterans' charities. Committed to hiring recent vets onto the crew, "Stars Earn Stripes" hopes to inspire other employers throughout the country to make similar commitments to our returning heroes, not to mention proving how impossible their service missions really are. The series is a production of Universal Television, One Three Television, LLC, Wolf Reality, LLC and Bill's Market & Television Productions.
"Howie Mandel's White Elephant"
From Howie Mandel ("America's Got Talent") comes an exciting new game show based on one of the most wildly popular holiday party games in America. A contestant selects a box from a studio full of unmarked packages containing millions of dollars in prizes, showing what's inside to the others. Then, the next player is faced with a potentially life-changing dilemma: do they steal a prize that has already been revealed, or do they take a chance with another unopened box, hoping what's inside is worth more? But that's just the beginning. When there are only two contestants left, Howie will reveal what's inside the boxes and give the players a choice: share--or steal. If both players choose to share, they will each keep the prizes they have won in the prior rounds. If one player shares and the other steals, the player that chose to steal will go home with all the prizes. But if both choose to steal, they both go home with nothing! The stakes are insanely high as each contestant grapples with the choice of a lifetime... and the white elephant in the room. "Howie Mandel's White Elephant" is from Universal Television and Alevy Productions. Mandel and Mike Marks are the executive producers.
"Ready for Love"
What does it take to find your soul mate? Well, producer Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") is inviting every eligible woman in America to participate in an innovative and dramatic new dating competition to find out how easy it can be. She has hand-selected three impossibly handsome grooms and enlisted the three best Matchmakers in the world to find them life partners. Let the dating begin! The show kicks off with mass auditions screened by the Matchmakers, and then launches into a romantic journey that will combine the best elements of in-studio competition and story-based reality. Each week, the contestants will be whittled down until the dramatic finale, when the three "grooms" and final three "brides" decide if they'll get engaged, married or simply live happily ever after… because they're all Ready for Love! Bill Rancic ("Giuliana and Bill") and Giuliana DePandi-Rancic ("Giuliana and Bill," "Fashion Police") are the hosts. "Ready for Love" is produced by Renegade 83, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Television. Longoria, Jason Ehrlich ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette"), Greg Goldman ("Secret Millionaire," "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"), David Garfinkle ("Blind Date," "The 5th Wheel") and Jay Renfroe ("Blind Date," "The 5th Wheel") serve as executive producers.
"Surprise With Jenny McCarthy"
Actress, comedienne and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy hosts "Surprise With Jenny McCarthy," a unique variety show that will treat the audience to a funny, irreverent and heart-warming television experience that centers around giving people surprises of a lifetime. "Surprise With Jenny McCarthy" will spotlight multiple surprises within the one-hour episode--from dramatic reunions to surprise announcements to good-natured pranks with fantastic feel-good twists. And, whether the surprise is an emotional roller coaster, a heartfelt thank-you, a hero's reward or a slightly devilish prank with a happy ending, viewers get a chance to know the true stories of the people involved, which makes the payoffs all the more meaningful. As ringleader, cheerleader, head instigator and mistress of ceremonies, McCarthy helps pull off all kinds of incredible surprises on people from all walks of life. Funny, touching, engaging, exciting and always unpredictable, "Surprise With Jenny McCarthy" will keep viewers laughing, crying and on the edge of their seats. Arthur Smith ("Hell's Kitchen,""Kitchen Nightmares") and Paul Buccieri are executive producers of the presentation from A. Smith & Co. and ITV Studios.