2011/12 TV Season Breakdown: NBC

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.

With Bob Greenblatt having replaced the outgoing Jeff Zucker, NBC is looking to turn around its dismal fortunes and has started by significantly cutting back on a bunch of shows which were simply not performing. This schedule takes some big risks with some new shows needing to perform if they’re to survive, while two two-hour reality show blocks early in the week have certainly raised eyebrows.

There are twelve new shows in all, half of which are being held until mid-season. In the Fall, the biggest gamble is “Prime Suspect” – the U.S. remake of the iconic British police drama. With only the rarest of exceptions, American remakes of British shows have generally failed miserably – can this buck the trend?

The biggest surprise is that the mid-season line-up is looking more robust than the Fall one thanks to the Spielberg-produced Broadway drama “Smash”, the reality hopping “Awake” and a pseudo-sequel take on John Grisham’s “The Firm” all set to hit in January. The network has also held back “30 Rock” until mid-season, but will then air episodes uninterrupted from January through May.

Several pilots didn’t make the final cut and won’t be seen. These include David E. Kelley’s new contemporary take on “Wonder Woman”, ‘Galactica’ showrunner Ron Moore’s fantasy-meets-police procedural drama “17th Precinct”, Stephen Gaghan’s sprawling drama “Metro”, the western drama “Reconstruction”, and the Don Johnson ageing hairdresser drama “A Mann’s World”.

FALL PREMIERES:

Free Agents
(Workplace/Romantic Comedy, Wednesdays 8:30pm)
Helen is a PR executive obsessed with her deceased fiance. Alex is her newly divorced colleague who is barely keeping himself together. Helen, a public relations executive who thinks she has it together but is obsessed with her deceased fiance. Azaria plays Alex, her newly divorced colleague who is barely keeping himself together.

The pair soon end up in a casual, intimate and beautifully awkward relationship Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn, Natasha Leggero, Mo Mandel and Jo Lo Truglio star while Anthony Head will reprise his role from the U.K. original on which this is based.

Grimm
(Supernatural Police Procedural, Fridays 9pm)
A homicide detective learns he is the descendant of an elite group of hunters, also known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world.

As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors – and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. David Guintoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz star.

The Playboy Club
(Period Drama, Mondays 10pm)
it’s the early ’60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers.

When a new bunny accidentally kills the leader of a crime family, one of the city’s top attorneys comes to her aid. Eddie Cibrian, Amber Heard, Laura Benanti, David Krumholtz, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Wes Ramsey and Naturi Naughton star.

Prime Suspect
(Police Procedural, Thursdays 10pm)
An adaptation of the critically acclaimed Helen Mirren-led British television series. Tough-as-nails NYC homicide Detective Jane Timoney is an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club.

Timoney has her own vices too, with a questionable past, and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Brian O’Byrne, Tim Griffin, Kirk Acevedo and Joe Nieves star.

Up All Night
(Comedy, Wednesdays 8pm)
A successful PR executive and her supportive, stay-at-home husband have just become parents – a surprise that has set their lives on a new path as responsible adults – for the most part.

Reagan’s outlandish boss and best friend’s whirlwind social escapades serve as constant reminders of Reagan’s former carefree life and what she’s missing out on with parenthood. Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and James Pumphrey star.

Whitney
(Comedy, Thursdays 9:30pm)
Together for five years, Whitney and Alex are in no rush to get hitched. Determined not to let boredom settle into the relationship, and sets out on finding ways to spice things up with the help of a close circle of opinionated girlfriends.

Things however don’t go as planned, leading to trips to the emergency room. Whitney Cummings, Chris D’Elia, Zoe Lister-Jones, Rhea Seehorn, Maulik Pancholy and Dan O’Brien also star.

MID-SEASON PREMIERES:

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
(Mid-Season)
Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne Chelsea Handler, this follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender Chelsea – a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies.

Her friends are along for the ride but they all know it is Chelsea’s way or the highway. These include two charming bartenders, and a smart and sassy fellow waitress. Laura Prepon, Jo Koy, Angel Laketa Moore, Mark Povinelli and Natalie Morales star while Handler herself will recur as Chelsea’s sister.

Awake
(Mid-Season)
After a family car accident, a detective tries to put the pieces of his life back together after his wife died but his teen son survived. He soon awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive, but his son Rex died in an accident.

In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he begins living two dueling realities in parallel worlds solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners. Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Michaela McManus, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones and BD Wong star.

Best Friends Forever
(Mid-Season)
When Jessica’s husband files for divorce, she flies across the country to move back in with her best friend, Lennon. Lennon’s boyfriend, Joe has just moved into the apartment and has turned Jessica’s old room into his perfect home office.

As Lennon and Jessica fall into their old routines, Joe begins to feel as if he’s the odd man out. Jessica’s reentry to single life is complicated by the unresolved feelings that an old friend has for her. Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Adam Pally, Stephen Schneider star.

Bent
(Mid-Season)
Alex is a resilient and tough lawyer who now is raising her eight-year-old daughter. She hires Pete, a recovering gambling addict and unapologetic womaniser, as the contractor to re-do her kitchen.

He doesn’t know what’s about to hit him when he encounters the force of nature that is Alex – nor does she realize that she’s met her match in Pete, a man unafraid to call out her flaws. Amanda Peet, David Walton, Jeffrey Tambor and Margo Harshman star.

The Firm
(Mid-Season)
A sequel to the blockbuster feature film and novel by John Grisham. As a young associate, McDeere brought down a prestigious Memphis law firm which operated as a front for the Chicago mob.

After a difficult decade, mostly in witness protection, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future – only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

Smash
(Mid-Season)
The Steven Spielberg-produced series centers on the creation of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe – written by a successful songwriting duo of Tom and Julia who’re struggling with adoption issues.

A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty and a stage veteran determined to finally get her big break. A tenacious producer and an amoral but brilliant director also hop onboard. Christian Borle, Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport star.

The nightly NBC schedule will be as follows:

MONDAY
8pm: “The Sing-Off”
10pm: “The Playboy Club”

TUESDAY
8pm: “The Biggest Loser”
10pm: “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “Up All Night”
8:30pm: “Free Agents”
9pm: “Harry’s Law”
10pm: “Law & Order: SVU”

THURSDAY
8pm: “Community”
8:30pm: “Parks and Recreation”
9pm: “The Office”
9:30pm: “Whitney”
10pm: “Prime Suspect”

FRIDAY
8pm: “Chuck”
9pm: “Grimm”
10pm: “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
8pm: Encore Programming

SUNDAY
7pm: “Football Night in America”
8:15pm: “NBC Sunday Night Football”

MID-SEASON LAUNCH
“30 Rock,” “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea,” “Awake,” “Bent,” “Best Friends Forever,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Firm,” “Smash” and “The Voice”

CANCELLATIONS
“The Cape,” “Chase,” “The Event,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Law and Order: Los Angeles,” “Outlaw,” “Outsourced,” “The Paul Reiser Show,” “Perfect Couples,” “School Pride,” “Undercovers”.

RENEWALS
“30 Rock,” “The Biggest Loser”, “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Chuck,” “Community,” “Dateline NBC,” “Harry’s Law,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Office,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Sing-Off,” “Sunday Night Football,” “The Voice,” “Who Do You Think You Are”.