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“Whitney” has been getting horrid ratings in NBC’s cushiest timeslot; how will it fare in one of the toughest?


"30 Rock" is getting "Community's" timeslot; "The Firm" is getting the "Prime Suspect" slot. No mention of "Community" and “Prime Suspect” in NBC's plans for the rest of the season though...





UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 14, 2011 – NBC today announced its new mid-season 2012 schedule which features the premieres of four new series in “Smash” (February 6), “The Firm” (two-hour premiere January 8, time slot premiere January 12), “Fashion Star” (March 13) and “Are You There, Chelsea?” (January 11). The new lineup also includes the return of “The Voice,” “30 Rock,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”


In addition, there are day and time period changes for “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Harry’s Law.”


Following are night-by-night details:




Last spring’s hit vocal competition series “The Voice” returns even louder with an hour-long season debut following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5 (10-11 p.m. ET, time approximate) and then resumes in its regular day and time on Monday, February 6 (8-10 p.m. ET). Following “The Voice” is the much-anticipated musical drama “Smash” which premieres Monday, February 6 (10-11 p.m. ET).




“Fashion Star” – the new reality competition series hosted and executive-produced by Elle Macpherson – will premiere with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, March 13 (9-11 p.m. ET) and resume on Tuesday, March 20 (10-11 p.m. ET). “The Biggest Loser” will open a new edition on Tuesday, January 3 (8-10 p.m. ET) followed by “Parenthood” (10-11 p.m. ET) which continues through its season finale on February 28.




The freshman comedy “Whitney” (8-8:30 p.m. ET) moves into a new day and time beginning January 11 followed by the series debut of the new comedy “Are You There, Chelsea?” (8:30-9 p.m. ET) on January 11. “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (9-10 p.m. ET) also joins the Wednesday lineup starting February 8. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” remains at 10-11 p.m. (ET).




The new drama “The Firm” moves into the Thursday lineup (10-11 p.m. ET) beginning January 12 following its two-hour premiere the previous Sunday (January 8) from 9-11 p.m. ET. The first-season comedy “Up All Night” will also move to Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on January 12 which is also the night that multiple Emmy Award-winning “30 Rock” returns for its season debut (8-8:30 p.m. ET). “Parks and Recreation” (8:30-9 p.m. ET) and the Emmy-winning “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) remain in the same time periods.




The returning series “Who Do You Think You Are?” makes its season debut on February 3 (8-9 p.m. ET). “Chuck” will have its two-hour series finale on January 27th (8-10 p.m. ET). “Grimm” (9-10 p.m. ET) and “Dateline NBC” (10-11 p.m. ET) remain in the respective time periods.




“The Celebrity Apprentice” returns on Sunday, February 12 (9-11 p.m. ET). “Dateline NBC” begins on Sundays (7-9 p.m. ET), on January 8. “Harry’s Law” moves to the 8-9 p.m. (ET) time period on March 4 and “Dateline NBC” will return to 7-8 p.m. (ET) on March 4.


The premieres of the new January-March program schedule follow in a grid (all times ET); new series are capitalized.




8-10 p.m. -- “The Voice” (season premiere Sunday, February 5; series resumes February 6)


10-11 p.m. – “SMASH” (beginning February 6)




8-10 p.m. -- “The Biggest Loser” (beginning January 3)


10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (through February 28)


10-11 p.m. – “FASHION STAR” (beginning Tuesday, March 13, 9-11 p.m. ET with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)




8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney” (beginning January 11)


8:30-9 p.m. – “ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?” (beginning January 11)


9-10 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (beginning February 8)


10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”




8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock” (beginning January 12)


8:30-9 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”


9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”


9:30-10 p.m. – “Up All Night” (beginning January 12)


10-11 p.m. – “THE FIRM” (two-hour premiere Sunday January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)




8-9 p.m. – “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning February 3)


9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”


10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”




8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (encore broadcasts)


9-10 -- “THE FIRM” (encore broadcasts)


10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcasts)




7-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (beginning January 8)


8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (beginning March 4)


9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice” (beginning February 12)

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meh, Community was too dry for me. Parenthood is the best show on that line up imo. though i've been wanting to try out Grimm so i reserve the ability to change my mind.



also, SVU shouldn't be renewed imo. with Stabler gone the show has lost its spark; though i was happy to see the cheif take center stage in the last episode.

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Yeah after I saw that Stabler was gone in the first episode I no longer have a desire to watch the show.


Dear NBC. I hope you die in a fire. Community is the best show you have. Give it a good timeslot!



I always have to catch it on Hulu but I love Community. Go CHANG!!!

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Television is a cutthroat industry. Going off the ratings — and the Internet rumour mill — we’ve put together a list of TV favourites that will probably not be renewed in 2012. We hope this will give you a chance to say goodbye properly.


Community We wish this show wasn’t on the list, but the numbers don’t lie. (Community has consistently pulled ratings in the mid- to low three-million range, which is abysmal for a network program.) How much longer can a cult comedy that (let’s be honest) is fading in quality last on the lowest-rated network? Apparently, not long. NBC has “benched” Community to make way for 30 Rock‘s return, which doesn’t bode well for Community‘s future.


House After eight seasons, it appears time may be up for the so-bad-he’s-good doctor. It just so happens, star Hugh Laurie’s contract is up at the end of this season. However, an official decision has yet to be made.


Fringe There may be no hope for this superb show, which is suffering from some truly horrid ratings this season. (The Nov. 11 episode pulled in only three million U.S. viewers, a new series low.) However, critics first predicted Fringe‘s demise years ago, and it’s still kicking, so you never know.


Rules of Engagement CBS has confirmed David Spade’s Rules of Engagement will go on hiatus in January in favour a sitcom starring another SNL alum, Rob Schneider. It’s called ¡Rob!


Gossip Girl It was good, then bad, then really bad, then kind of good again. Either way, viewers seem to have tired of Serena, Blair, and the other lonely rich boys and girls of Gossip Girl. The show is barely outperforming CW basement dweller Nikita. Perhaps a cast overhaul is due, or maybe it should just end with Chuck and Blair finally getting married and living happily ever after on a large pile of money.


CSI: NY As the lowest-rated veteran series on CBS, CSI: NY will probably be the first of the current CSI spinoffs to get the hook. The show’s relatively low numbers are likely caused by both market saturation and genre fatigue (see also Law & Order, etc.). Either way, it’s not looking great for CSI: NY or its cousins, CSI: Miami and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Bones Despite an upcoming spinoff called The Finder, Bones is suffering from the same genre fatigue as some of its contemporaries. Although its ratings are still strong (10 million viewed the seventh-season premiere), they have been known to fluctuate. While you might not need to start a letter-writing campaign just yet, this is one to keep an eye on.


Nikita We’re putting this at the top of our list of shows most likely to get canned. Although it’s on the CW, which generally allows a series to stay on the air well after it’s worn out its welcome, no one seems to care about this Toronto-shot show enough to fight for future seasons. Or, as Entertainment Weekly put it in their cancellation countdown, “Oh, almost forgot to include this one, because it seemed so … apparent.” Alas:La Femme, we hardly knew ye.

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i took House off the DVR a few weeks ago. if he had stayed in prision it might have been interesting, but it just felt like they we're doing season 7 over again minus Cutty. i honestly tink they should have stopped last season, maybe showed him in prison at the end and him getting shanked for mouthing off to an inmate or something like that.

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