Earlier today, NBC announced its post-Winter Olympics scheduling plans, including premiere dates for five brand new series. As always, TVRage has got all the info you'll need in order to make sure your DVRs are prepared for the onslaught.
First up is new comedy 'About A Boy,' based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel that was previously adapted into a 2002 feature film starring Hugh Grant. The series will air a "preview" episode on Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 p.m. EST, right after NBC's coverage of the winter games ends for the night. This echoes the 2012 debut of infamous failure 'Animal Practice,' which immediately followed NBC's coverage of the summer games. Hopefully this show ends up doing better than that one.
Next on the comedy docket is 'Growing Up Fisher,' a single-camera family sitcom starring J.K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, and Harold Perrineau. 'Fisher' will also get a preview episode, which will air on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m. EST, immediately following the Olympic closing ceremonies. Much like the failed tag team of 'Go On' and 'The New Normal,' 'Boy' and 'Fisher' will then be paired up on Tuesdays from 9-10 p.m., starting Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Heavily hyped high concept J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron drama 'Believe' will get a preview episode on Monday, March 10 at 10 p.m., following 'The Voice.' The series will then migrate to its regular Sundays at 9 p.m. timeslot on March 16. Also debuting on March 16 is hostage thriller 'Crisis,' which stars Rachael Taylor, Lance Gross, and Gillian Anderson. 'Crisis' will immediately follow 'Believe' at 10 p.m. Finally, Nate Berkus' hosted reality series 'American Dream Builders' will join the Sunday night line-up on March 23 at 8 p.m.
NBC has had a really hard time making new shows stick the last few years, and this midseason roll-out represents their latest attempt at pulling out of their ongoing tailspin. With under-performing comedies like 'Sean Saves the World' and 'The Michael J. Fox Show' almost certain to get the axe, its likely that the Peacock is especially pulling for either 'Boy' or 'Fisher' to be a hit that can carry them into the fall. And with all the cash they've sunk into 'Believe,' it'll be a shame if that show doesn't do at least as well as 'Revolution's first season.