It would be nice to hope, as NBC does, that the ratings magnet of the Summer Olympics, opening Friday, will somehow magically transform the network's sagging fortunes with its "incredible promotional platform" (as NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt put it). To that end, NBC will sneak-peek two of its new comedies with commercial-free premieres on pivotal nights of the games, and tease a high-profile new drama on another. Much of NBC's fall lineup will launch ahead of the official premiere week in late September, in hopes of capitalizing on the momentum the Olympics provides.
Guys With Kids, Jimmy Fallon
When Jimmy Fallon got the idea for his new NBC comedy Guys with Kids, he knew exactly what he wanted to call it — and it wasn't Guy with Kids.
"[My producing partner Amy Ozols and I] were just talking about all the guys we were seeing around New York City and Times Square with the Baby Bjorns and [babies] on the backs of their bikes," Fallon said via satellite at NBC's Television Critics Association fall TV previews Tuesday. "We were just like, 'These are like young, good-looking guys embracing the roles of dad.' We both said at the same time, 'DILFS'! When we pitched the idea for DILFS ... NBC said, 'Yeah, we probably can't call the show DILFS, so we'll have to change that.'"
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Below you can find all the scoop on NBC's new and returning shows from the Television Critics Association fall TV previews.
Arrow, 1600 Penn
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Whitney executive producer Betsy Thomas will be leaving the NBC comedy, EW reports. Wil Calhoun (Friends) will take her place.
J.J. Abrams is known for creating shows filled with twists and plotlines that are hard to comprehend, but that won't be the case on his new NBC series Revolution, star Billy Burke says.
Upfronts: Check out NBC's new fall lineup
"You're not going to be that confused, actually," Burke told TVGuide.com on the NBC upfront red carpet. "It's ... linear and not hard to follow."
NBC is betting big on The Voice. The network will begin airing two cycles of the singing competition series starting this fall, when it will return to its Monday at 8/7c timeslot. The Voice's longtime Monday companion, Smash, is being held to midseason.
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The peacock network is also putting its support behind comedies this season, with sitcoms scheduled on four of five weekday nights. Two returning laughers, Community and Whitney, have been moved to Friday to make room for the four new series. Check out NBC's full fall schedule for the 2012-2013 season below...
Bob Greenblatt, NBC
If this year was the warm up, next season will be the true test of NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt's command at the troubled network. Greenblatt and his key lieutenant, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Nicholson Salke, have ordered a whopping seven new comedies and five dramas.
NBC has ordered Jimmy Fallon's Guys With Kids to series, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
NBC Orders Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire to Series
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