It's been a tough fall season for NBC, so change was inevitable. Yesterday, the network pulled the trigger and announced its new line-up to begin January 2012.
The musical drama "Smash," starring Katherine McPhee as a woman vying for the lead role as Marilyn Monroe in a new Broadway show, will slot in behind "The Voice" when it returns on Mondays, taking over the slot that was previously occupied first by "The Playboy Club," and then by "Rock Center with Brian Williams."
Williams' news magazine show will slide over to 9 pm on Wednesdays, following a female-led comedy block of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea?," based on comedian Chelsea Handler's book, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea."
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A serial adaptation of John Grisham's "The Firm" will debut Sunday Jan. 8, before settling into Thursdays at 10 pm. The fate of "Prime Suspect" currently remains unclear.
But the most surprising change has to be the absence of "Community," which has continued to struggle to find an audience, despite rave reviews. But the lack of "Community" is not the end of the line for the kids from Greendale.
"Community" is definitely NOT cancelled, NYT's Bill Carter says, two cubicles over. NBC says it'll be off the air for only a brief time," tweeted Brian Stelter of The New York Times.
Here's the complete new line-up, with new shows in bold:
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)