NBC is getting an early jump on the fall season with some promotional help from its Olympics coverage.
The network announced the premiere dates for its 2012-13 lineup, with most of its series launches skedded ahead of the traditional premiere week beginning Sept. 24, which the Peacock is mostly avoiding.
NBC will offer two commercial-free versions of its new series during the Olympics in mid-August. Comedies “Animal Practice” and “Go On” will air at 11 p.m. following Olympics primetime coverage on Aug. 8 and Aug. 12, respectively. NBC affiliates’ late local newscasts will be delayed by a half-hour on those nights.
The Mark Burnett-Dick Wolf unscripted series “Stars Earn Stripes” will premiere the night after the Olympics ends, on Aug. 13. A two-hour episode will lead into the season premiere of the first returning NBC series to launch, drama “Grimm,” at 10; the Friday show “Grimm” will have its regular-timeslot bow on Sept. 14 at 9 o’clock.
“Go On,” which stars “Friends” alum Matthew Perry, will make its time-period premiere on Sept. 11, followed by the premiere of the Ryan Murphy comedy “The New Normal” and the new season of “Parenthood.”
“The Voice” will kick off its first fall season on Sept. 10. New Monday 10 p.m. drama “Revolution” starts Sept. 17.
Another new NBC comedy, “Guys With Kids,” will get an unusual 10 p.m. premiere on Sept. 12 following the penultimate episode of “America’s Got Talent.” “Kids” and “Practice” won’t have their regular time-period premiere until Sept. 26. Together with the two-hour bow of “Law & Order: SVU,” those are the only preems set to roll during the traditional premiere week.
NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup gets started Sept. 20 save “30 Rock,” which kicks off its final season Oct. 4.
New Wednesday drama “Chicago Fire” bows Oct. 10, and the Friday pairing of “Whitney” and “Community” launch Oct. 19.
The Peacock didn’t make any adjustments to the sked introduced last month at its upfront presentation. There had been speculation that the net might revamp its lineup after seeing the skeds of its competitors.