The Peacock has finally found its voice. But as a critical new season of rebuilding beckons, they've got to be careful not to wear it out.
That was the takeaway from NBC's cautiously optimistic kickoff to Network Upfront Week on Monday, as new NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced, "Today is the start to the road to recovery," while warning the turnaround could take years. Unspoken was the acknowledgement that it could hardly get worse. While not everything on the new season's slate looks like a winner, NBC is once again showing signs of life. And by midseason, when the new shows look to be much stronger, the buzz is likely to get much louder.
Parenthood, The Playboy Club
How does Parenthood plan to address the pregnancy story line in the new season? Which Playboy Club star was shocked while researching the bunnies in the '60s? TVGuide.com got the scoop Monday on NBC's red carpet from Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Amber Heard and other stars from returning and anticipated new shows.
NBC's full fall schedule: Smash, 30 Rock held for midseason, The Sing-Off bumped up to fall
Parenthood: On the heels of the renewal news, stars Monica Potter and Peter Krause are thrilled to continue the impending pregnancy story line revealed in the finale. "Having a baby along with Max and what's going on with Haddie, I think applying that...
NBC will premiere six of its 12 new shows this fall, including comedies starring Christina Applegate and Hank Azaria, and the dramas Prime Suspect and The Playboy Club. In one of its bigger overhauls, the network will launch a new comedy block Wednesday and will bump up The Sing-Off to fall, pushing Chuck to Fridays for its last season.
Held until midseason: buzzed-about musical drama Smash, the TV adaptation of The Firm, and returning shows 30 Rock and The Voice.
See the full schedule and get caught up on all of NBC's going-ons below:
Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, Up All Night
Shortly after announcing its fall schedule for the 2011-12 TV season, NBC released previews from 11 of its new series, including new comedies from Christina Applegate and Hank Azaria, the remake of BBC's crime drama Prime Suspect and the upcoming musical dramedy Smash.
The Playboy Club, airing Mondays at 10/9c, comes from 24, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights executive producer Brian Grazer. The period drama explores the lives of the first Playboy bunnies and the men who loved them. Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Eddie Cibrian and...
The Sing Off
NBC's fall lineup will bump The Sing-Off up to the fall from its previous December berth and will hold The Voice and 30 Rock for midseason.
Going into its third season, The Sing-Off will be paired with...
TV Guide Magazine: You resisted temptation to rush The Voice back for fall, but surprised us by turning The Sing-Off into a weekly series. How did that come about?
Robert Greenblatt: The whole goal here is the long-term rebuilding of this network, as opposed to just taking the assets...
NBC has picked up the TV adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel The Firm for a straight-to-series order of 22 episodes, Deadline reports.
The show is being readied for a September premiere, though NBC may not officially slot it into its fall schedule until casting is completed, according to the site.
Fall 2011 TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
Lukas Reiter (The Forgotten, Law & Order) wrote the pilot. Grisham will serve ...
Jason Isaacs, Amber Heard
NBC has ordered new dramas The Playboy Club, Grimm and Awake for the network's 2011-12 fall lineup. They join this week's earlier pick-ups, which include a comedy starring Christina Applegate and a musical from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
It's do-or-die time at the broadcast networks, as executives make some tough choices for next season. On their plates: deciding which current shows to kill and identifying potential hits from more than 80 pilots. Here are some burning questions to keep in mind as the powers that be prepare to unveil their 2011-2012 schedules the week of May 16.
Will the networks play it bold or play it safe?
After a lackluster season, executives are itching to find riskier fare, like the 1960s-set drama Playboy and the Steven Spielberg-produced musical drama Smash (a lock to get on the air) at NBC, as well as ABC's airline period ...