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12:48 PM, May 16, 2011   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- NBC unveiled its Fall 2011 schedule Monday, which brought back 13 shows and previewed a number of new shows for the fall and for midseason.

Near the end of the presentation, Donald Trump appeared to officially announce he would not be seeking the Presidency in 2012, and would be continuing to produce and host The Celebrity Apprentice for the upcoming season.

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Veteran reality shows The Sing-Off and The Biggest Loser are coming back for this fall, with The Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice coming back later in the season. As for dramas, Parenthood is back on Tuesdays, Law & Order Special Victims Unit is back on Wednesdays along with sophomore drama Harry's Law, and Chuck moves from Mondays to Fridays for its final season.

Returning comedies include Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office on Thursdays. The award-winning 30 Rock will return later in the season, and of course, the long-running Saturday Night Live is back for its 37th season.

Mondays start out with The Sing-Off with its acapella vocal battles. New drama The Playboy Club captures a time and place that challenged the social mores of America, and when an icon was born - 1963, Chicago. Eddie Cibrian, Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton, Laura Benanti and David Krumholtz star.

The Biggest Loser is back for its 12th season - this time featuring a "young versus old" format, and Parenthood comes back for its 3rd season on Tuesday nights.

Wednesday night starts with new comedies, Up All Night and Free Agents. Kathy Bates in Harry's Law is back for its second season, and long-time veteran Law & Order Special Victims Unit comes back for its 13th season. Up All Night features three comedy veterans, Will Arnett ("Arrested Development"), Christina Applegate ("Married with Children') and Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live") about proud new parents who want to know if they can have it all. Hank Azaria and Katheryn Hahn star in Free Agents, a workplace romantic comedy surrounding the notion of love on the rebound.

Thursdays, veteran comedies Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office return, and are joined by a new comedy, Whitney, starring comedian Whitney Cummings in a look at love - the right and wrong ways to be together. Prime Suspect is a reimagining of a an award-winning British crime drama with Maria Bello as a solid detective who does not know when to quit.

Fan-favorite Chuck moves to Friday night for its 5th and final season. Grimm is a police drama with a unique twist - a homicide detective works to protect humans living in a fantasy world where characters from Grimm's Fairy Tales really exist. Dateline NBC returns for its 19th season.

Saturdays include repeats of shows from earlier in the week, while Saturday Night Live comes back at 11:30. Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football are on the slate for Sundays.

Later in the season, quite a few shows will be returning - including The Celebrity Apprentice, 30 Rock, The Voice and Who Do You Think You Are? NBC is also the home for many special programs and sporting events next season as well - including Sunday Night Football, Miss USA 2011, Miss Universe 2011, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly -- in February, Super Bowl XLVI from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and next July, the Olympic Flame goes to historic London as the Games of the XXX Olympiad take place - NBC and 11Alive will be there starting July 27.

Later in the season, three new comedies are on tap to join the lineup - Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, stars Laura Prepon and is based on the best-selling book by the same title by Chelsea Handler. Bent stars Amanda Peet, David Walton and Jeffrey Tambor in a romantic comedy about two people who are suddenly attracted to the qualities that typically repel them. BFF is a comedy about best friends who promise to support each other, no matter what; it stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

Three dramas are on the slate as well - Smash, a musical drama that follows the trials and tribulations behind the glitz and lights on Broadway. The series centers on work to create a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. It stars Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee and Anjelica Huston. The Firm is based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham and follows the story of Mitchell McDeere 10 years after the events of the novel and motion picture. Awake is a high-concept drama about a detective (Jason Isaacs, the Harry Potter film series), who lives two parallel lives - one in which his wife is alive and his son dead, and another where his son is alive and his wife is dead. Which one is real? Or are both of them real?

Three other shows were previewed - Betty White's Off Their Rockers, with the award-winning actress leading a group of seniors pulling outrageous pranks on the "naïve younger generation." Elle Macpherson hosts Fashion Star, a competition show which looks for the next big fashion star from among people in all walks of life. "Brian Williams Newsmagazine" is a yet-to-be-named news magazine show anchored by Williams and built around the day's biggest events and stories. The show will also have a unique online component.

 

NBC FALL 2011-12 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. - "The Sing-Off"
10-11 p.m. - "THE PLAYBOY CLUB"

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. - "Parenthood"

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m. - "UP ALL NIGHT"
8:30-9 p.m. - "FREE AGENTS"
9-10 p.m. -- "Harry's Law"
10-11 p.m. -- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

THURSDAY
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"
10-11 p.m. - "PRIME SUSPECT"

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. - "Chuck"
9-10 p.m. - "GRIMM"
10-11 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"

SATURDAY
Encore programming

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

NBC 2012 MID-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
8-10 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice"
10-11 p.m. - "THE FIRM"

MONDAY

8-10 p.m. - "The Voice"
10-11 p.m. - "SMASH"

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