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Now that all four of the major broadcast networks, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, have finished their upfront presentations and have solidified their 2012-2013 primetime schedules, we can take a look at just how different the next TV season’s landscape will be.
NBC and ABC are the two networks taking the biggest gambles as they have both ordered a slew of new shows.
NBC loaded up on the comedies, picking up Save Me, 1600 Penn, Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice and Guys With Kids. The network also decided to air The Voice in the fall. The singing competition has helped lift NBC out of the ratings basement in the past two years, so it hopes that airing the show in the fall will help out. NBC also picked up Revolution, another series co-created by J.J. Abrams. The Peacock network remains the only network to fail to strike gold with an Abrams-created series. NBC also decided to create a Friday comedy block with Whitney and Community.
ABC ordered a whopping ten new shows to go straight to series. Five of them will air this fall, including Nashville with American Horror Story’s Connie Britton. The network created a new TGIF Friday block with Last Man Standing and Reba McEntire's Malibu Country that will debut in January.
The schedules for Fox and CBS are relatively unchanged, aside from their new shows. Fox will premiere The Mob Doctor in House’s old Monday slot. Glee will be kicked to Thursday after The X Factor results shows and Touch is moving to Fridays.
CBS is moving Two and a Half Men to Thursday. The network also has to hope that the show will perform well against the results shows for Fox's The X Factor in the fall and American Idol later in the season.
CBS has so much confidence in 2 Broke Girls that it is giving that show Men’s old Monday 9pm slot. The Eye network will premiere Elementary, Made In Jersey, Vegas and Partners in the fall.
Here’s how the networks’ schedules will look come September:
Monday: The Voice; Revolution*
Tuesday: The Voice (results); Go On*; The New Normal*; Parenthood
Wednesday: Animal Practice*; Guys with Kids*; Law & Order: SVU; Chicago Fire*
Thursday: 30 Rock; Up All Night; The Office; Parks & Recreation; Rock Center
Friday: Whitney; Community; Grimm; Dateline
Saturday: drama repeats
Sunday: Sunday Night Football
Monday: Dancing with the Stars; Castle
Tuesday: DWTS (results); Happy Endings; Don’t Trust The B---- In Apt. 23; Private Practice
Wednesday: The Middle; Suburgatory; Modern Family; The Neighbors*; Nashville*
Thursday: Last Resort*; Grey’s Anatomy; Scandal
Friday: Shark Tank; Primetime: What Would You Do?; 20/20
Saturday: college football
Sunday: America’s Funniest Home Videos; Revenge; 666 Park Ave.*
Monday: Bones; The Mob Doctor*
Tuesday: Raising Hope; Ben And Kate*; New Girl; The Mindy Project*
Wednesday: The X Factor
Thursday: The X Factor (results); Glee
Friday: Touch; Fringe
Saturday: sports programming
Sunday: The OT (during NFL season); The Cleveland Show; The Simpsons; Bob’s Burgers; Family Guy; American Dad
Monday: How I Met Your Mother; Partners*; 2 Broke Girls; Mike & Molly; Hawaii Five-0
Tuesday: NCIS; NCIS: LA; Vegas*
Wednesday: Survivor; Criminal Minds; CSI
Thursday: The Big Bang Theory; Two and A Half Men; Person of Interest; Elementary*
Friday: CSI: NY; Made In Jersey*; Blue Bloods
Saturday: Crimetime programming; 48 Hours Mystery
Sunday: 60 Minutes; The Amazing Race; The Good Wife; The Mentalist