NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule and We’ve Got Your Good, Bad & Ugly

THE GOOD: After an eight month hiatus that effectively killed any momentum the show’s stellar second season might have generated, PARKS AND RECREATION finally has a return date as part of NBC’s rejiggered Thursday night lineup (January 20th). Also falling under the category of good, David E. Kelly’s legal drama HARRY’S LAW starring Kathy Bates arrives on January 17th at 10PM, while Summer Glau’s superhero starrer THE CAPE gets a two-hour launch on January 9th (9-11PM) before moving to its regular Monday night at 9PM timeslot on the 17th. Which brings us to…

THE BAD: Making room for THE CAPE on Monday night at 9PM will be THE EVENT, which will delay its inevitable cancelation (see: FLASHFORWARD) with a highly publicized relaunch on March 7th. Also relaunching on March 7 is the much-beloved albeit little watched family drama PARENTHOOD, which will be bumped from its Tuesday at 10PM slot starting on February 8th to make room for [Cue: Collective Groan in 3... 2... 1...] LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES.


THE UGLY: Is exactly how we’d characterize NBC’s Sunday night starting March 6, which will attempt to pass off three — no, you’re reading that correctly — 3 (!) hours of reality television (THE MARRIAGE REF coupled with two hours of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE) in a crime against primetime! Worse still, the mysterious disappearance of UGLY BETTY alum Becki Newton’s LOVE BITES and Paul Reiser’s self-titled sitcom, both of which have been conspicuously left off NBC’s midseason schedule which we’ve posted below courtesy of The Live Feed.

MONDAYS
8PM: CHUCK
9PM: THE CAPE will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m.).  New episodes start in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m.) // THE EVENT (returns on February 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10PM: HARRY’S LAW (beginning January 17) // PARENTHOOD (debuts in this slot March 7 with all originals)

TUESDAYS
8PM: THE BIGGEST LOSER: COUPLES (beginning January 4)
10: PARENTHOOD (beginning January 4 for four episodes) // LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (beginning February 8)

WEDNESDAYS
8PM: MINUTE TO WIN IT (beginning January 5)
9PM: CHASE (beginning January 12) // AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT (beginning March 16)
10PM: LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (originals beginning January 5 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)?

THURSDAYS (all beginning January 20)
8PM: COMMUNITY
8:30PM: PERFECT COUPLES
9PM: THE OFFICE
9:30PM: PARKS AND RECREATION
10PM: 30 ROCK
10:30PM: OUTSOURCED

FRIDAYS
8PM: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (beginning January 21)
9PM: DATELINE NBC (beginning January 7)

SUNDAYS
7PM: DATELINE NBC
8PM: THE MARRIAGE REF (beginning March 6)
9PM: THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (beginning March 6)

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  • Shilo

    Parenthood is getting screwed over (I’m okay with it changing nights but this whole “winter hiatus-4 new episodes-off for February sweeps-back to a new night” thing is over the top). Outsourced going to 10:30 is alright with me, as they probably have low expectations anyway (see: renewing 30 Rock and moving it to a new timeslot). Overall, I think the schedule is a little too frantic. I admire them for being so proactive in trying to pick ratings up, but they’re just going to confuse people with the changes.

    I think NBC is holding Paul Reiser/Love Bites/Friends With Benefits for a March-April-ish launch or for the chance that something new bombs out.

  • http://twitter.com/tovahnicole Tovah Atha

    That Sunday schedule is disgusting. Why not move Parenthood there???

  • Anonymous

    Parenthood fans should probably be glad that they don’t do that. They don’t have any shows to pair it with on Sundays.

  • http://twitter.com/missash215 Ashley Hartshorn

    Parenthood is amazing, and the last thing we need is another Law & Order. There are enough of those kinds of shows on TV already.

  • bws

    Parenthood just shouldn’t be on at 10pm period (9 for me). It seems like more of a family show that would work better earlier. If they could pair it with something else, Sunday night would actually be the best fit for it.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com/ The TV Addict

    I for one wouldn’t mind PARENTHOOD on Sundays. Family drama like BROTHERS & SISTERS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (yup, still watching) are nice precursors to busy weeks.

  • Nick

    Totally serious: NBC…guys…(shakes head)…there’s not one single show–outside of Thursday night–that I have the least iota of interest in. How sad is that?

    On another note: is *anyone* actually looking forward to a “Paul Reiser” sitcom? The next time he says/does something “funny” will be the FIRST time.

    I did read today that NBC is working with Spike Feresten and Nick Thune (hilarious guy) on a comedy…so there’s hope.

  • Sarah

    So is the season finale for Parenthood in January then, or are there more episodes ordered that are being shelved indefinitely?

    This doesn’t seem to bode well for renewal for the show, which just breaks my heart. The TV landscape doesn’t need any more crime dramas – it does need more stories like those being told on Parenthood.

  • Sarah

    So is the season finale for Parenthood in January then, or are there more episodes ordered that are being shelved indefinitely?

    This doesn’t seem to bode well for renewal for the show, which just breaks my heart. The TV landscape doesn’t need any more crime dramas – it does need more stories like those being told on Parenthood.

  • Sarah

    So is the season finale for Parenthood in January then, or are there more episodes ordered that are being shelved indefinitely?

    This doesn’t seem to bode well for renewal for the show, which just breaks my heart. The TV landscape doesn’t need any more crime dramas – it does need more stories like those being told on Parenthood.

  • Nick

    Correction: Anything with Kathy Bates is a “thumbs up.” I’ll check out Harry’s Law just for her. (Please note, execs: casting is the most important element. CW screws this aspect up continually.)

    Also, I don’t get the appeal of Summer Glau, and would expect The Cape to be gone by the end of May.

  • Sanen85

    This move for Parenthood actually works for me. Due to my DVR being crowded on Tuesdays, I had to give it up this fall. I’m really excited to hear that it’ll be one of the couple days a week that my DVR isn’t overtaxed.

  • Anonymous

    Looks good. I would watch the first episode. A comic book inspired superhero with no super powers. A circus full of crime fighting types. I have to ask. What is the target audience? NBC is really stepping up with family oriented programming.

  • Anonymous

    I think NBC thinks The Cape is the best of its midseason replacements.Monday at 9PM is the most watched hour of TV.

  • http://twitter.com/tovahnicole Tovah Atha

    After January there aren’t anymore sports delays, which mostly affects CBS anyways.

  • Jenniferann10s

    I want Parenthood back! It is the best show on TV!