Premiere week will be all but for NBC this year as the network will open only one series, veteran Law & Order: SVU, in the traditional broadcast launch week, instead staggering its fall rollout over two months, from mid-August until mid-October. NBC will use its coverage of the summer Olympics and NFL football as launch pads for most of its new shows. Two of them, comedies Go On and Animal Practice, will get previews during the Olympics — the Matthew Perry starrer Go On on Aug. 8 and the Justin Kirk-starring Animal Practice on Aug. 12, following the Olympics closing ceremony. On the next night, NBC will premiere the new Mark Burnett-Dick Wolf competition reality series Stars Earn Stripes. It will lead into the second season premiere of Grimm, which is already in production and will get an early run in the Monday 10 PM slot before moving to its regular Friday 9 PM berth on Sept. 14.
Just like it did with the Super Bowl last season, NBC will launch the third season of The Voice the night after a big football event, the season Sept. 9 premiere of Football Night in America. The week of Sept. 10 also will feature the Tuesday debut of new comedy The New Normal, time period premiere of Go On and the return of Parenthood. And like it used America’s Got Talent to preview new comedy Up All Night last year, NBC will sneak freshman comedy Guys With Kids after the penultimate episode of AGT on Sept. 12.
NBC’s highest-profile new drama, Revolution, will debut Sept. 17, with Thursday comedies Up All Night, The Office and Parks & Recreation also returning the week before the official start of the season. The rollout of the remaining NBC series, including freshman Chicago Fire, will be staggered throughout October, with Whitney and Community last out the gate in their new Friday slot on Sept. 19. NBC is the second broadcast network to keep its fall launches outside of premiere week this year. The CW said at its upfront that it will roll out its lineup in October.
Here are NBC’s Fall 2012 premiere dates: (new shows are in upper case):
Wednesday, August 8
“GO ON” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)
Sunday, August 12
“ANIMAL PRACTICE” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)
❝Sometimes you need perspective. You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time. This is the dressing room rehearsal for American Idol. NO MICROPHONE. No effects. ❞– Andy WarHOV.
Sunday, Sept. 30
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere)
Tuesday, Oct. 2
8:00-8:30 PM RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BEN AND KATE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT
Sunday, Oct. 7
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Season Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
Friday, Oct. 26
8:00-9:00 PM TOUCH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Alcatraz, Allen Gregory, Breaking In, The Finder, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Napoleon Dynamite and Terra Nova.
Hello from my netbook, tethered to my phone, from a hotel just outside Washington DC!
Lifetime Picks Up Marc Cherry’s ‘Devious Maids’ To Series For 2013 Launch
Marc Cherry’s pilot Devious Maids is going to series at Lifetime. The cable network has handed a 13-episode order to the ABC Studios-produced project, originally developed for ABC where it received a pilot order this past season but missed the cut to series. Devious Maids is slated to launch on Lifetime in 2013. “This show and Marc Cherry’s unique story telling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects,” Lifetime’s president Nancy Dubuc and EVP Rob Sharenow said in a joint statement.
Based on the hit Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, Devious Maids follows the lives of five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. It stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez as well as Susan Lucci, Edy Ganem, Grant Show (Swing Town), Brianna Brown, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Brett Cullen and Drew Van Acker. I hear the pilot will undergo some tweaking and reshoots in its move to Lifetime. One of the regular roles, played in the pilot by Angelique Cabral, will likely be eliminated. Production on the series will be based in Atlanta, which provides tax intensives vs. Los Angeles where the pilot was shot.
Lifetime began exploring the possibility of a Devious Maids pickup right after ABC passed on the pilot in May. The cable network and producer ABC Studios, which have a longstanding relationship via Lifetime’s flagship drama Army Wives, which is produced by ABC Studios, spent the last month trying to make the series, developed and budgeted for broadcast, viable economically on cable. I hear that included asking some actors to take pay cuts and reworking their deals to cable residuals terms and moving production to Georgia, among other things. “Devious Maids is a perfect series for ABC Studios to continue its successful collaboration with the incredibly talented team at Lifetime,” said Barry Jossen, ABC Studios’ EVP of Creative and Production.
Devious Maids will be executive produced by Cherry, who wrote the adaptation, his producing partner Sabrina Wind, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan (Scandal), Larry Shuman (Kissing Miranda), David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia. At Lifetime, Devious Maids will join Army Wives and fellow scripted series The Client List and Drop Dead Diva. The pickup restores Cherry’s presence on Lifetime, which was the off-network home of his recently departed Desperate Housewives.
It has been an active broadcast-cable transfer season. In addition to Devious Maids, ABC Studios also found a new home for its ABC comedy series Cougar Town at TBS. And USA Network is exploring picking up Fox’s comedy pilot Rebounding.
I need news on The Big C - they've renewed Nurse Jackie already... What gives?
I was so happy about Nurse Jackie; the finale was epic. I can't really see The Big C coming back, though, other than to close out the storyline -- the cancer going away completely or -- but the ratings were horrible and the reviews were even worse.
They'll need a major re-haul of the series if it does get the chance of coming back.
ABC has renewed summer Canadian drama Rookie Blue for a fourth season. While not a hit by any stretch — it most recently averaged a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo — the cop drama has done well enough to warrant a renewal at the price point it’s getting the show. ABC points out that Rookie Blue stands as the No. 1 series among Adults 18-49 in the Thursday’s 10 o’clock hour so far this summer. The fourth season of the series, produced by ICF Film and Entertainment One, will go into production in Toronto later this summer. In Canada, it airs on Global. http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/abc-...f-rookie-blue/