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CBS Releases Its Fall Premiere Schedule

July 11th, 2012 | Posted by Melanie McFarland in Fall TV | Tune In Info | TV News - (Comments Off)

In revealing its fall schedule to the world, CBS has declared that — drumroll, please — most of its shows are premiering exactly when one expects them to.  Which is to say that we’ll see them a) later than other big four broadcasters but not as late as the wee wee wee CW and b) during the week that marks the traditional start of the television season.

Yes, there is such a thing. Primetime television’s 2012-2013 season officially kicks off on the Monday after the Emmys telecast, which falls this year on September 23.  Over the past decade or so broadcasters have bucked that idea,  debuting some shows — mostly the newer ones — either before or well-after the fall season starting line in order to beat the season premiere traffic jam. The idea is to give said series a chance to stand out from the rest of the pack.

However, CBS has rarely engaged in that strategy because as the #1 network, it doesn’t have to get out of anyone’s way. Everyone else gets out of its way. Thus, it can premiere “Survivor: Philippines” on September 19 and call that an early start when, relative to the competition, it really isn’t.

Other noteworthy return dates: “How I Met Your Mother” is back on Monday, September 24 at 8pm, with the season premiere of “Hawaii Five-O” riding the wave on the same night at 10pm. “NCIS” makes its 10th season premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8pm, the same night at the series premiere of Dennis Quaid‘s new period drama “Vegas” at 10pm.  “The Big Bang Theory” returns on Thursday, September 27th at 8pm, with the series debut of the contemporary Sherlock Holmes series “Elementary” at 10pm.  “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist,” meanwhile, return on Sunday September 30 at 9pm and 10pm respectively.

Read on for the full schedule, taken from CBS’s press release.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

8:00-9:30 PM        “Survivor: Philippines” (25th edition premiere)


Monday, Sept. 24

8:00-8:30 PM        “How I Met Your Mother” (8th season premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM        “Partners” (Series Debut)

9:00-9:30 PM        “2 Broke Girls” (2nd season premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM      “Mike & Molly” (3rd season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM    “Hawaii Five-O” (3rd season premiere)


Tuesday, Sept. 25

8:00-9:00 PM       “NCIS” (10th season premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM     “NCIS: Los Angeles” (4th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM   “Vegas” (Series Debut)


Wednesday, Sept. 26

9:00-10:00 PM    “Criminal Minds” (8th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM  “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (13th season premiere)


Thursday, Sept. 27

8:00-8:30 PM     “The Big Bang Theory” (6th season premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM     “Two and a Half Men” (10th season premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM   “Person of Interest” (2nd season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM “Elementary” (Series Debut)


Friday, Sept. 28

8:00-9:00 PM     CSI: NY (9th season premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM   “Made In Jersey” (Series Debut)

10:00-11:00 PM “Blue Bloods” (3rd season premiere)


Saturday, Sept. 29

10:00-11:00 PM “48 Hours Mystery” (26th season premiere)


Sunday, Sept. 30

7:00-8:00 PM    “60 Minutes” (45th season premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM    “The Amazing Race” (21st edition premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM   “The Good Wife” (4th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM “The Mentalist” (5th season premiere)

In the natural world, small creatures generally get out of the way when packs of big animals come charging through.

So it is with The (wee) CW, which has opted to kick off the majority of its 2012-2013 season in October, as opposed to its past practice of yelling “forward, march!” in September. With NBC hoping that its inflated tune-in for the Summer Olympics will yield higher ratings for new shows, and Fox planting its flag with a few pre-Emmys telecast premieres — the week following the Emmys marks the traditional start of the fall season — it’s not surprising that The CW is opting to sit out the September wave until the jungle has quieted down a bit.

America’s Next Top Model” is the exception to this plan; its “College Edition” will premiere on August 24.

What follows is The CW’s fall 2012 premiere schedule, taken from the network’s press release.

Tuesday, October 2

8:00-9:00 PM                Hart of Dixie (Season Premiere)

Wednesday, October 3

9:00-10:00 PM              Supernatural (Season Premiere)

Monday, October 8

8:00-9:00 PM                90210 (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM              Gossip Girl (Season Premiere)

Wednesday, October 10

8:00-9:00 PM                Arrow (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM              Supernatural


Thursday, October 11

8:00-9:00 PM                The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM              Beauty and the Beast (Series Premiere)


Tuesday, October 16

8:00-9:00 PM                Hart of Dixie

9:00-10:00 PM             Emily Owens, M.D. (Series Premiere)


Friday, October 19

8:00-9:00 PM                America’s Next Top Model: College Edition

9:00-10:00 PM              Nikita (Season Premiere)


Once again, NBC is using the Olympics to bring as many eyes as possible to a few of its new series — specifically, freshman comedies “Go On” and “Animal Practice.””Go On,” the latest Matthew Perry half-hour, premieres August 8 and will air commercial-free following Olympics coverage in primetime. “Animal Practice” also previews without commercials on August 12, following the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, “Grimm” fans will be able to catch an early look at the season premiere on at 10pm on Monday, August 13, following the premiere of late summer reality show filler “Stars Earn Stripes.” The highly-anticipated drama “Revolution” debuts at 10pm on September 17, while Dick Wolf‘s new drama “Chicago Fire” joins the schedule at 10pm on October 10.

But, in a twist that’s bound to upset “Community” fans, the further adventures of the Greendale 7 won’t kick off again until October 19 at 8:30, likely due to behind-the-scenes upheaval that includes the ouster of the show’s creator and executive producer Dan Harmon.

Read on for NBC’s Fall 2012 primetime schedule, taken from a network press release. New shows are in bold.

Wednesday, August 8
Go On” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, August 12
Animal Practice” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, August 13
8-10 p.m. “Stars Earn Stripes” (two-hour premiere)
10-11 p.m. “Grimm”

Wednesday, September 5
7:30-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2012” (regular season)
8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, September 9
7-8:15 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular day and time)
8:15-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular day and time)

Monday, September 10
8-10 p.m. “The Voice”

Tuesday, September 11
9-9:30 p.m. “Go On” (time period premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. “The New Normal
10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”

Wednesday, September 12
10-10:30 p.m. “Guys With Kids” (sneak peek after penultimate “America’s Got Talent”)

Friday, September 14
9-10pm – “Grimm” (time period premiere)

Monday, September 17
10-11 p.m. “Revolution

Thursday, September 20
8:30-9 p.m. “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”

Wednesday, September 26
8-8:30 p.m. “Animal Practice” (time period premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. “Guys With Kids” (time period premiere)
9-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (two-hour premiere)

Thursday, October 4
8-8:30 p.m. “30 Rock”

Wednesday, October 10
10-11 p.m. “Chicago Fire

Friday, October 19
8-8:30 p.m. “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. “Community”

Welcome to the new broadcast television season, same as the old season…pretty much.

True, some 36 new scripted additions are due to join the primetime schedules of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW over the course of the 2012-2013 primetime season.  Fifteen of those are comedies, seven of which will be coming to us (assuming they even see the light of day) from NBC. Surely within those ranks are a few shows we’ll come to love.

As we compare and contrast the schedules of the Big Four, here are a few bright spots — and glaring problem areas — that stand out.

ABC Serves Up “Revenge” on Sunday Nights

Clearly ABC is done with housewives. “Desperate” is dead, and “GCB” has passed on. Instead, the sleeper hit “Revenge” is ABC’s new Sunday night anchor, followed by the devilish thriller “666 Park Avenue,” which could work beautifully together or come off as strangely as Emily Thorne attending high tea with the witches of “Eastwick.”

Tuesday Night: Comedy Feast, or Fustercluck?

Rare are the seasons when nearly every network does not have the same bright idea. And the big one for 2012-2013 appears to be Tuesday nights as a comedy destination. You can thank “New Girl” and “Glee” for lighting that candle.

Fox is capitalizing on that small victory by building a full night of comedy, slotting the new series “Ben and Kate” after the underrated “Raising Hope,” with Mindy Kaling‘s new comedy “The Mindy Project” following “New Girl” in the 9 o’clock hour, and shifting “Glee” to the Thursday night battleground.

ABC is offering some competition in the form of “Happy Endings,” switching from Wednesday nights to 9pm Tuesdays followed fellow Hump Day comedy “Don’t Trust the B—” at 9:30pm.  Like “New Girl” and “Mindy,” the ABC comedies are compatible, female-friendly and, even more daunting for “The Mindy Project’s” prospects, road tested.

Then NBC is jumping into the fray with the Matthew Perry vehicle “Go On” and executive producer Ryan Murphy‘s comedy “The New Normal.” Having Matthew Perry headline a sitcom does not guarantee success (“Mr. Sunshine,” anyone?), but what it and “Normal” have in their favor is higher testosterone levels. Something has to counteract all of that “adorkableness” (and yes, we’re as sick of that stupid pop-culture term as you are).

But Tuesday is not necessarily the new “must-see comedy” night. ABC has a full sitcom block on Wednesdays from 8pm to 10pm,with “Modern Family” at its core, and is adding “The Neighbors,” which gives us another round of “aliens next door” humor. “The Neighbors” is already looking like the show critics can’t wait to hate on. But remember, critics also hated “3rd Rock from the Sun” — which  aired for six seasons.

NBC still has brand-recognition its Thursday night comedy block, which continues to exist only because nobody can remember a time when it didn’t. Instead of giving up on sitcoms the network is doubling down for 2012-2013. The only nights on NBC’s schedule without any sitcom presence are Sundays and Mondays.

So yeah, lots of comedy options.  Maybe even too many. But we’re guessing the field will thin out by the holiday season. If not, you can color us pleasantly surprised.

The 10 o’clock Slots:  The most important timeslot for network affiliates, a badly-under-performing 10pm series can  be ratings poison for local newscasters. And while some networks have the 10pm slot locked down on most nights, others remain very much up-for-grabs. Keep an eye on these.

10pm Mondays: ABC’s got “Castle.” CBS has “Hawaii Five-O.” With crime drama territory thoroughly staked out here, NBC is going a different direction with “Revolution,” executive produced by J.J. Abrams. Counter-programming with a genre-flavored series that a network can pass off as a regular drama (with a twist!) so as not to scare off the average viewer seems like a smart move, on the face of it. And “Revolution” could also do a lot worse than having “The Voice” for a lead-in.

Then again, NBC has tried this tactic many times before with shows like “Journeyman” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” and both of those had more compatible Monday night companions than this new series.

10pm Tuesdays: A tough timeslot for several seasons now, 10 o’clock Tuesday is the home of the barely renewed “Parenthood” and that cancelled Poppy Montgomery show whose name we’ve already forgotten…what was it called…? (Just kidding, “Unforgettable“), and the place where ABC sent “Private Practice” off to hide.

“Parenthood” and “Private” will be back at 10, but are now going up against CBS’s new period piece “Vegas,” about a cowboy sheriff (played by Dennis Quaid) taking on the mob as the city began its rise in the 1960s. “Vegas” may end up being one of those series that only critics love, but count on it to make a noisy entrance.

10pm Wednesdays: Another soft night for any network who isn’t CBS (and even it needs to start thinking about a reasonable replacement for the aging “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation“), it will be interesting to see which series comes out on top in the battle between “Nashville,” which looks like ABC’s grittier answer to “Smash,” and Dick Wolf’s latest drama “Chicago Fire.”

10pm Thursdays: With “The Mentalist” leaping to Sunday at 10pm, the Thursday night pimp slot is anyone’s game again. Theoretically. ABC’s midseason keeper “Scandal” is remaining there, and its primary nemesis is the new Sherlock Holmes update “Elementary” on CBS. Tough to call a winner here, since both are fairly new and pretty much precisely the kind of shows that are evocative of their networks. Oh, and NBC? It has decided to roll over and play dead take a different approach by keeping “Rock Center with Brian Williams” in that hour.

And last but not least…

The Friday Night Conundrum

Other than CBS which, between “CSI: NY,” new show “Made in Jersey” and “Blue Bloods,”  has devoted its Friday nights to a version of New York that makes many a Midwesterner forgo a visit to Broadway for the safer streets of Branson, MO., nobody has figured out Fridays. Network executives may insist they have a strategy, but then, so do a lot of defeated and forgotten “Survivor” contestants.

Instead, Friday is the place where the networks decided to stick all of the shows with passionate audiences and low ratings, and “Whitney.” Will somebody please help them out?  Help them, and you’ll be helping all of us.

But don’t kill yourself over that project. Tuesday night alone ensures that our DVRs will be full of stuff to watch at the end of a long work week instead.

In many ways, The CW is broadcast television’s version of high school.

Every programming move is made with its main targets in mind: the coveted 18-to-34-year-old demo (females in particular), and genre geeks, a.k.a. viewers drawn to shows with heroes, action and an intricate mythology.

Hence every new CW schedule has plenty of content that caters to each camp, and in a few rare and magical instances, a single show that hits both sweet spots simultaneously.  And, well, some other stuff that represents the network’s attempt to break out of its well-established mold but ultimately just won’t fit in. The popular kids, the nerds and the misfits.

There’s also a couple of shows that, for reasons not apparent to most, take their sweet time to graduate and move on. But out of the two long-in-the-tooth CW sudsers remaining on the sked only one, “Gossip Girl,” is actually coming to an end. The final season’s episode order has yet to be established, but the plan is to end it before Christmas. (“90210,” meanwhile, continues to evade the network’s reaper.)

Otherwise, the CW’s five additions to its 2012-2013 line-up — “Arrow,” “Emily Owens, M.D.” and “Beauty and the Beast” for fall, with midseason bringing the highly anticipated “Sex and the City” pre-quel, “The Carrie Diaries,” as well as the odd thriller “Cult” — fit snugly into the network’s lockers. Click here for the official descriptions of each show.

The new fall series allow The CW to experiment with compatibility within its existing line-up, which is most beneficial to veteran series “Supernatural.” Relegated to Friday nights for the past two seasons, Sam and Dean Winchester are getting pulled free of primetime’s ratings purgatory and seated on Wednesday nights at 9, paired with “Arrow.”

“Emily Owens” is a perfect match for “Hart of Dixie” on Tuesday nights for obvious reasons, thematically speaking.

America’s Next Top Model,” meanwhile, will move to Fridays — not exactly an endorsement of the reality show’s longevity, following this season’s ratings decline and Tyra Banks‘ public firing of  long-standing judges Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Worse off in that bargain is “Nikita,” which returned by the skin its teeth and now is saddled with a highly incompatible lead-in.

But even a weird timeslot is better than no slot at all: The network gave a strawberry-flavored farewell kiss to “Ringer” and “The Secret Circle“…and “One Tree Hill,” which said its final goodbyes earlier this spring.

The official CW line-up follows.


8pm “90210″

9pm “Gossip Girl”

(“The Carrie Diaries” premieres in January 2013.)


8pm “Hart of Dixie”

9pm “Emily Owens, M.D.” (New Series)


8pm “Arrow” (New Series)

9pm “Supernatural”


8pm “The Vampire Diaries”

9pm “Beauty and the Beast” (New Series)


8pm “America’s Next Top Model”

9pm “Nikita”

When you’re winning, why change? That’s been CBS’s attitude for most of the last decade because it has had more series at the top of the Nielsen ratings, consistently, for nine years running. Mind you, nobody is going to call the bulk of CBS’s programming innovative — indeed, some embody the very definition of “killing time.” That is, they exist for the sole purpose of getting a person from the top of any given hour to the bottom with the speed and efficiency of a Japanese economy car.

Clearly there’s something to that, because people continue to watch by the millions — many more millions that most of its competition. Yes, CBS has a schedule that works, and not much room for additions or failures. But the network is not above a little tinkering from time to time.

This is why “Two and a Half Men,” the comedy that has served as the network’s Monday night tentpole since 2005, is moving to Thursday nights at 8:30pm, where it will hopefully retain “The Big Bang Theory’s” sizable audience.  “2 Broke Girls” will take over its 9pm Monday slot.  Meanwhile, “The Mentalist” is moving from Thursday nights to Sundays at 10pm.

CBS is going into the fall season with only four new series on the schedule, and two waiting in the wings for midseason. New series include “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; the perhaps unfortunately named “Made in Jersey” (although the original title was worse); and the Sherlock Holmes update “Elementary” starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. The network is adding just one new comedy this fall, “Partners.” Click here to read descriptions of CBS’s new series.

Midseason will bring the drama “Golden Boy” and the comedy “Friend Me.”

Cancelled series include “CSI: Emoting With Sunglasses“, “A Gifted Man“, “How to Be a Gentleman“, “NYC 22“, “Rob” and “Unforgettable“. The fate of comedy pinch-hitter “Rules of Engagement” has yet to be determined.

Keep reading for the complete CBS fall 2012 schedule, taken from the network’s press release.


8pm “How I Met Your Mother”

8pm “Partners” (New Series)

9pm “2 Broke Girls”

9:30pm “Mike & Molly”

10pm “Hawaii Five-0″


8pm  “NCIS”

9pm  “NCIS: Los Angeles”

10pm “Vegas” (New Series)


8pm “Survivor”

9pm “Criminal Minds”

10pm “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”


8pm “The Big Bang Theory”

8:30pm “Two and a Half Men”

9pm “Person of Interest”

10pm “Elementary” (New Series)


8pm “CSI: NY”

9pm “Made in Jersey” (New Series)

10pm “Blue Bloods”


8-10pm “Crimetime Saturday” (Repeats)

10pm “48 Hours Mystery”


7pm  “60 Minutes”

8pm “The Amazing Race”

9pm “The Good Wife”

10pm “The Mentalist”


Emily Thorne’s “revengenda” now includes a move to Sunday nights. The sleeper hit “Revenge” will slide into the 9pm Sunday timeslot formerly occupied by heavy-hitter “Desperate Housewives,” which just ended its eight-season run on Sunday. The move was perhaps the largest shift evident on ABC’s 2012-2013 schedule, revealed Tuesday during the network’s upfronts presentation in New York.

While “Revenge’s” move to Sundays was unexpected, it is not entirely surprising, even though earlier this spring it seemed as if “GCB” was being groomed to pick up “Desperate’s” audience next season. Apparently ABC entertainment president Paul Lee has decided to take his network’s Sunday line-up to a new place: “Desperate” may be the series that lifted ABC out of its ratings pit eight seasons ago, but Lee has endorsed “Revenge” as the kind of show to move ABC forward.  (The aforementioned “GCB,” meanwhile, has been shuffled off to TV heaven.)

ABC has picked up 10 series for the new season, five of which will premiere on the fall schedule. Coming in the fall are the dramas “Nashville,” “Last Resort” (from executive producer Shawn Ryan) and “666 Park Avenue“. New comedies include “The Neighbors,” about a human family that discovers it is living among aliens, and “Malibu Country,” which will be paired with “Last Man Standing” when it returns to the schedule in November. You can view trailers for all of ABC’s new series, including its midseason comedies and dramas, by clicking here.

ABC also intends to strengthen its comedy presence across the schedule by moving “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”  off of Wednesday nights, and pairing them up in the 9 o’clock hour on Tuesdays.

Waiting in the midseason dugout are the comedies “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” and “The Family Tools,” which will replace the Tuesday night results episode of “Dancing with the Stars” in January. Timeslots for midseason dramas “Mistresses,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” are yet to be determined.

As for “Dancing with the Stars,” the coming season will feature an “All-Star” cycle populated with favorite contenders from seasons past. No word on casting at this point.

The list of the dead includes Charlie’s Angels,” “GCB“, “Man Up“, “Missing“, “Pan Am“, “The River” and perhaps the most horrible series to appear on television this year, “Work It.”

Below is ABC’s official primetime schedule, taken from the network’s press release:


8pm: “Dancing with the Stars”/”The Bachelor” (in midseason)

10pm: “Castle”


8pm: “Dancing with the Stars: Results Show”/ “How to Live With Your Parents) For the Rest of Your Life” (midseason; new series)

8:30pm: “The Family Tools” (in midseason: new series)

9pm: “Happy Endings”

9:30pm: “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

10pm: “Private Practice”


8pm: “The Middle”

8:30pm: “Suburgatory”

9pm: “Modern Family”

9:30pm: “The Neighbors” (new series)

10pm: “Nashville” (new series)


8pm: “Last Resort” (new series)

9pm: “Grey’s Anatomy”

10pm: “Scandal”


8pm: “Shark Tank”/ “Last Man Standing” (in November)

8:30pm: “Malibu County” (in November; new series)

9pm: “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

10pm “20/20”


8pm:  “Saturday Night College Football”


7pm: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8pm: “Once Upon a Time”

9 pm: “Revenge”

10pm: “666 Park Avenue” (new series)

Two dramas and three new comedies, including one created by “The Office‘s” Mindy Kaling, will join Fox’s primetime schedule for the 2012-2013 season.

Kaling’s comedy,  “The Mindy Project,” (formerly known as “Mindy” and “It’s Messy”) will be paired with Fox’s comedy hit “New Girl” on Tuesdays, and new comedy “Ben and Kate” (formerly known as “Ned Fox is My Manny” — we know! Fox gets wacky with the title changes!) will be hammocked between “Raising Hope” and “New Girl” at 8:30. A third comedy, “The Goodwin Games” (from the executive producers of “How I Met Your Mother,” Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris) is scheduled to arrive in midseason.

As for the new dramas, “The Mob Doctor” will follow “Bones” on Mondays, with new thriller “The Following” — executive produced by Kevin Williamson, starring Kevin Bacon — sliding into the Monday night line-up in midseason. For details on Fox’s new shows, click here.

The public unveiling of these new series at the network’s Tuesday afternoon upfront presentation may have been somewhat eclipsed by the announcement that “Glee” is being bumped to one of the most competitive timeslots on the broadcast schedule: New episodes will air at 9pm Thursdays starting this fall. Midseason drama “Touch” will now be paired with “Fringe” on Friday nights.

According to a teleconference with reporters on Tuesday morning, the fourth season of “Glee” will feature a “show within a show,” with the plot following some of McKinley High’s graduates as they navigate a performing arts school in New York. Among the guest stars due to appear next year are Kate Hudson, who has signed on for a six-episode arc, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Lastly, Fox executives confirmed the rumor circulating last week that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will join L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell at the judges table on “The X Factor.” Yep, that’s really happening.

Cancelled series include “Alcatraz“, “Allen Gregory“, “Breaking In“, “The Finder“, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter“, “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Terra Nova” and “House.”

What follows is Fox’s complete fall schedule, taken from the network’s press release.


8pm “Bones”

9pm “The Mob Doctor” (New Series)


8pm “Raising Hope”

8:30pm “Ben and Kate” (New Series)

9pm “New Girl”

9:30pm “The Mindy Project” (New Series)


8pm “The X-Factor” (fall)/ “American Idol” (midseason)


8pm  “The X-Factor: Results” (fall)/ “American Idol: Results” (midseason)  

9pm “Glee”


8pm “Touch”

9pm “Fringe”


7-10:30pm “Fox Sports Saturday” (fall)


7:30pm “The OT”(fall)/”The Cleveland Show”

8pm “The Simpsons”

8:30pm “Bob’s Burgers”

9pm “Family Guy”

9:30pm “American Dad”

Upfronts, the week during which the broadcast networks present their schedules for the coming season to advertisers, is in full swing in New York. First to unveil its primetime line-up for 2012-2013 is NBC, which hosted a live presentation of its new series on Monday morning.

Coming in the fall are four new comedies, including the Matthew Perry vehicle “Go On,” “The New Normal,” “Animal Practice” (which stars Justin Kirk of “Weeds“) and “Guys with Kids,” as well as two dramas: “Revolution,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, and “Chicago Fire,” from E.P.  Dick Wolf. Granting a boost to the new line-up is the addition of a fall cycle of NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice.”  Click here to read detailed descriptions of all of the new series coming to NBC.

NBC is also moving beyond its traditional Thursday night comedy block, offering sitcom competition to ABC and Fox on Tuesdays (good luck with that) and, even more of a risk, trying out comedy on Friday nights… which  is where “Community‘s” fourth season, consisting of 13 episodes, will probably die run.

NBC also confirmed that “30 Rock’s” 13-episode seventh season will be its last, and that Tina Fey‘s workplace comedy will exit with a one-hour finale.

On deck for midseason are the comedies “Save Me,” “1600 Penn” and “Next Caller” (starring Dane Cook) and the dramas “Do No Harm,” “Infamous” and “Hannibal.”  Again, you can find out more information about all of the new series coming to NBC by clicking here.

The list of shows that the Peacock has molted includes “Are You There, Chelsea?“, “Awake“, “Bent“, “Best Friends Forever“, “Chuck“, “Free Agents“, “Harry’s Law“, “The Playboy Club“, “Prime Suspect” and “The Firm“.

Currently mired in fourth place among the big broadcasters, the Peacock is in a position that’s both utterly undesirable and somewhat enviable. Its executive roster has been tossed around and changed numerous times over the last decade. As a result, nobody has been in a position for enough time to establish a fresh vision for NBC or to build a solid foundation upon which to grow a stronger schedule.  Can you remember the last time NBC was truly competitive against ABC, CBS or Fox on any night of the week?

…Take your time, we’ll wait …

On the other hand, that old saw about seeing opportunity in chaos really does hold some truth. The only way for NBC to go is up, and Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt, the man who made Showtime into the cable powerhouse that it is today, has a chance to recreate that magic on a grander scale and re-shape NBC into a network that’s worth watching again.

That said, it’s unclear whether these new series and schedule shifts are going to provide the jumpstart the network desperately needs. And if NBC is banking on unscripted to boost its comedies and dramas — other than “The Voice,” its other most successful series happens to the “The Biggest Loser” — it’s doubtful that new alternative series “Stars Earn Stripes,” “Howie Mandel’s White Elephant,” “Ready for Love,” and “Surprise with Jenny McCarthy,” will be up to that job.

Here is NBC’s fall schedule as it currently stands, copied from the network’s press release. Be advised that all schedules are malleable at this point, which means any of these programs can shift to another timeslot before the new season premieres. (In some cases, that could be a good thing.)

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Series)

8-9 p.m. –”The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “Go On” (New Series)
9:30-10 p.m. – “The New Normal” (New Series)
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

8-8:30 p.m. – “Animal Practice” (New Series)
8:30-9 p.m. – “Guys with Kids” (New Series)
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Series)

8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”

8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”
9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “Do No Harm” (New Series)

TBS Picks Up “Cougar Town”

May 10th, 2012 | Posted by Melanie McFarland in Fall TV | Renewals | The Pick-Up Game | TV News - (Comments Off)


Time to bust out Big Carl and pass around slices of Krazy Kake, because “Cougar Town” fans have something to celebrate. TBS has officially swooped in to save the fiercely loved but barely watched ABC comedy, granting it a 15-episode fourth season scheduled to begin airing in early 2013.

Additionally, TBS nabbed the encore rights to the first three seasons of “Cougar Town,” consisting of 61 episodes.

“Cougar Town” joins a growing stable of originals at TBS, including the soon-to-debut “Men at Work” (premiering at 10pm on May 24), “Sullivan & Son” (joining the schedule at 10pm July 19) and “Wedding Band” (premiere date TBD).

While not quite an 11th hour rescue — ABC will reveal its official lineup for the 2012-2013 season next week, and decisions about series renewals for network shows have been known to go down the wire — it does put any cancellation fears surrounding “Cougar Town” to rest for the time being.

Currently in its third season, “Cougar Town” premiered on ABC in 2009 to a bit of controversy over its title, which referred to the adventures of Courteney Cox’s character, divorced real estate agent Jules Cobb, as she explored dating younger men. The show evolved into a quick-witted ensemble comedy about her “cul-de-sac crew,” which includes her slacker ex (Brian Van Holt); best friend Ellie (Christa Miller); Ellie’s sweetheart of a hubby Andy (Ian Gomez); Grayson (Josh Hopkins), Jules’ former nemesis who became her fiancé; Jules’ younger girlfriend Laurie (Busy Philipps) and her college-aged son, Travis (Dan Byrd). Alas, the name has not changed, but the show’s creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel make the best of that unfortunate situation by making light of the title’s oddity during each episode’s opening credits.

While “Cougar Town” performed adequately enough to live on for a second season, its ratings suffered when it was uncoupled from ABC’s successful sitcom “Modern Family.” Fans were distressed when “Cougar Town’s” third season did not premiere in the fall, and downright angry when it was initially left off of the network’s midseason line-up so that the disastrous “Work It” could premiere. Although “Cougar Town’s” producers and cast embarked on a city-by-city tour (entirely paid for by Lawrence) in a grassroots effort to promote the show, this season’s ratings have been anemic by broadcast standards, averaging fewer than 4.8 million viewers each week. Compare this to “Modern Family,” which rakes in about 10 million pairs of eyeballs each week and ranks in the Nielsen ratings’s Top 20.

In spite of this, Lawrence always had faith that his show could live beyond the current 15 episode season. From a business perspective, he had good reason to be hopeful: “Cougar Town” is an ABC Studios production, meaning the network stands to make more money by producing enough episodes to syndicate it.

The standard qualifier for syndication is 100 episodes, so provided “Cougar Town” succeeds on TBS, we might be looking at a few more seasons with the gang.  As long as the 4.8 million fans who showed up for “Cougar Town” on ABC seek it out TBS, the show prospects should be bright. Right now TBS’s highest-rated offering happens to be syndicated reruns of “The Big Bang Theory,” which average around 3 million viewers per airing.