What You’ll Be Seeing on NBC in 2011-2012

Earlier today NBC released their full schedule for the fall television season. Much of the schedule confirms things we already knew from previous reports.

But the schedule does confirms some of the “sure thing” renewals as well as revealed some major changes being made to the network’s time slots.

Plus, we’ve got some video clips of some of the newer shows (like The Playboy Club and Prime Suspect) they’ll be showing soon in a home theater near you.

Of the highlights:

– Law & Order: SVU has been renewed

– The Voice has been renewed but won’t return till mid-season

– Chuck‘s fifth season will indeed be its last and it will air Friday’s at 8pm for 13 episodes

– The Thursday night comedy block which has been the networks high point for years will no feature two hours of comedy from 8-10 followed by the new drama Prime Suspect from 10-11.

– 30 Rock will be held for a mid-season premiere

– Parks & Rec will be moving to the 8:30 slot

– Harry’s Law will move to 9pm Wednesdays

What should also be pointed out is that the schedule NBC released in the announcement is following a more diverse strategy, unlike the network’s scheduling from this past year. The network is now mixing and matching genres like how they will be handling Monday nights by throwing in an hour of sitcoms in with the other 2 hours of drama programming. It looks like the network is finally embracing the idea of counter-programming.

In an interview with TV Guide NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt described the dramatically new schedule as “building blocks for the future.” I get the feeling NBC is finally fed up with being #4.

In addition to the announcement, NBC has also released preview clips from all the new programming:

Prime Suspect:

The Playboy Club




Up All Night




Free Agents

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

And before you go, here is an easy to read breakdown of the entire fall schedule courtesy of TV Guide:

8-10 p.m. — The Sing-Off
10-11 p.m. — The Playboy Club (NEW)

8-10 p.m. — The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. — Parenthood

8-8:30 p.m. — Up All Night (NEW)
8:30-9 p.m. — Free Agents (NEW)
9-10 p.m. — Harry’s Law
10-11 p.m.— Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8-8:30 p.m. — Community
8:30-9 p.m. — Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. — The Office
9:30-10 p.m. — Whitney (NEW)
10-11 p.m. — Prime Suspect (NEW)

8-9 p.m. — Chuck
9-10 p.m. — Grimm (NEW)
10-11 p.m. — Dateline NBC

Encore programming

7- 8:15 p.m. — Football Night in America
8:15-11:30 p.m. — NBC Sunday Night Football

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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