NBC unveils midseason schedule: 'Deception' debut, 'Smash' and Betty White return

Heralding its first lineup under the stewardship of new head of scheduling Jeff Bader, NBC has revealed the majority of its midseason schedule for early 2013.


Breakout hit Revolution will end its 10-episode autumn run with a big cliffhanger in November and disappear until March 25, when the sci-fi survival drama will resume airing twelve new episodes. During Revolution's lengthy hiatus, primetime soap Deception—previously titled Notorious and then Infamous—will take over the 10:00 PM timeslot, starting on January 7. Deception will be preceded by the 14th season of The Biggest Loser from 8:00–10:00 PM until March 25, at which point The Voice will return alongside Revolution.


Tuesdays will be the new domain of sophomore musical drama Smash, which will occupy the 10 PM slot after a two-hour second-season premiere on February 5 from 9–11 PM. Another midseason addition is the return of Betty White's Off Their Rockers with back-to-back episodes on January 8 at 8:00 and 8:30 PM, continuing afterward in that slot. In its quest to swallow the entire NBC schedule, The Voice will reclaim the 8 PM hour on March 26. No word on the fates awaiting family drama Parenthood or freshman comedies Go On and The New Normal, all of which currently air on Tuesday evenings.


Wednesdays are up in the air. NBC recently cancelled new comedy Animal Practice and summoned Whitney back to its 8:00 PM timeslot beginning November 14, rescuing it from the Friday death slot. However, none of the Wednesday shows—including Whitney, Guys With Kids, and Chicago Fire—have back orders beyond their original 13-episode pickups, leaving NBC without any concrete plans for midseason as of yet.


Beginning on January 10, new comedy 1600 Penn will debut in the post-Office timeslot at 9:30 PM. Currently airing at 9:30, Parks And Recreation will return to its former 8:30 PM time one week later. Announced earlier today, cult comedy Community will be returning for its fourth season on February 7 in its old 8 PM timeslot once 30 Rock wraps up its 13-episode final season.


Preparing for life after the NFL's Sunday Night Football, NBC will continue the unscripted theme with the All-Star edition of The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump. Premiering on March 3, the reality competition series will air from 9–11 PM until March 31, when it will be confined to one-hour episodes at 10 PM to make room for a new dating reality show produced by Eva Longoria. Entitled Ready For Love, the series will debut on March 31 and run from 8–10 PM.

Still unsure of how to fill the Friday night 8–9 PM slot originally earmarked for Community and Whitney, NBC has a few other midseason options awaiting premiere dates including sophomore reality series Fashion Star, comedy Save Me, and dramas Hannibal and Do No Harm.

Out of all the new and returning shows listed here, the only one that interests me in the slightest is Hannibal, the TV prequel to Silence of the Lambs and other films featuring the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter. I'll probably check out the return of Community and the debut of 1600 Penn, just because they'll be on Thursdays with The Office and Parks And Recreation.

What do you think of NBC's midseason announcements?