NBC releases Jay Leno-free midseason prime-time schedule

On the heels of NBC’s announcement on Jan. 10 that it will no longer air The Jay Leno Show in prime time, the Peacock released its midseason schedule today, set to start on March 1 after the conclusion of the network’s Winter Olympics coverage. The dramas Trauma, the new Parenthood, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and a new comedy from Jerry Seinfeld called The Marriage Ref will occupy the slot previously held by Leno, with Dateline NBC picking up the slack on Fridays. Meanwhile, the  series Who Do You Think You Are from Lisa Kudrow and the new game show Minute to Win It also join the lineup after the Olympics, and Friday Night Lights will air Fridays at 8 p.m. starting April 30.

8-9 p.m. Chuck
9-10 p.m. Trauma (beginning March 8 )
10-11 p.m. Law & Order (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in regular time slot March 8 )

8-10 p.m. The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. Parenthood (premieres March 2)

8-9 p.m. Mercy
9-10 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encores beginning March 3)
10-11 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (originals beginning March 3)

8-8:30 p.m. Community
8:30-9 p.m. Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30-10 p.m. 30 Rock
10-11 p.m.  The Marriage Ref (premieres March 4; sneak preview Feb. 28)

8-9 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? (premieres March 5; Friday Night Lights returns on April 30)
9-11 p.m. Dateline NBC (begins March 5)

Sundays  (beginning March 14)
7-8 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. Minute to Win It
9-11 p.m. The Celebrity Apprentice


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  • Tara

    Other than the CW failing to fill up their 10 hours of primetime scheduling, I don’t think I’ve seen such a weak schedule in a long time.

    • XK

      Yeah, that’s an awful lineup.

      I like Chuck, but that’s an odd block of tv for it to be part of on Monday too.

  • Luminosity

    Oddly, I don’t want to watch these 10pm NBC shows either.

    • Jenny

      haha same

  • dryedmangoez

    The schedule looks pretty solid, doesn’t appear NBC had to scramble at all since all of these shows have been waiting in the wings for a while. Monday actually seems stronger now without Heroes. Chuck has started out okay, Trauma will benefit from both Chuck and Law & Order.

    Parenthood benefits the Biggest Loser lead-in, SVU will do well anywhere, Marriage Ref fits with comedies and Dateline wins Fridays.

    Lisa Kudrow’s show been in production since last year, FNL returning late April can help Emmy visibility (right!?!).

  • Isabel

    Sorry if I missed something, but where’s Heroes? Or will the season be done by then?

    • BlatantURLPimpingMustDie

      Heroes ends its season pre-Olympics.

      • Isabel

        Well that’s good to know. Thank you.
        Wow, NBC really does have a horrible line-up.

      • mel

        It would be even worse if Heroes was a part of it.

      • Ed

        Regarding Monday’s lineup, I actually like “Heroes” more than “Trauma.”

  • scrabblequeenbee

    It still doesn’t sound good to me. I’m tired of Law and Order, I’m tire of medical shows. And those comedy shows are for tweens. Give me some drama. Who done its. No sex, no gory blood. NCIS on CBS is the perfect show. Goodlooking men, a little tease and little blood and a great who done it. Also, a little comedy. And someone you love to hate. But not hate as bad a simon cowell on American Idol. He is to mean to watch.

    • Jack

      The comedy shows are not for tweens, they are for the 18-49 year old demographic, but obviously you don’t fit into that if you like CBS shows which are geared for an older crowd of people in their fifties and sixties.

  • Luddite

    They did NOT put Parenthood on on Tuesdays. Seriously? So now I get to choose between Lost, Glee (when it comes back), and Parenthood? I think a DVR has become a necessity.

    • googliezoo

      Yeah, but Parenthood isn’t on till 10:00. Both Glee and Lost are on at 9.

    • gigi

      You probably won’t have to break out the DVR until April. LOST start in Feb. New Glee eps. won’t be back ’til April and Parenthood isn’t on until 10p. You should be good. It’s all about timing.

    • LAJackie

      White Collar has also moved to Tuesday.

  • jim

    Im there for the Thursday comedies. Nothing else until FNL.

  • roux

    The only night that I will watch NBC is Thursday, just like now. None of these other shows appeal to me.

    • ShelbyCheri

      Agreed! I really love NBC’s Thursday nights, but the rest of their schedule is just a mess. NBC is in bad shape right now…

  • Andre

    Wow. I had no idea how little I watch NBC until looking at this schedule. The only show on there that I’ve seen in the last week is Chuck and that’s only because it just started this week. Wow. The network could not exist and I wouldn’t have noticed.

    • elr

      Yeah, I agree with you. I stopped watching Heroes this season, and that was the last show I watched on NBC. Parenthood sounds good, so I might watch that but otherwise nothing interests me.

    • Vegas Mike

      I live here in Vegas, so I watch all the CSI shows on CBS, of course, and love them. I’m with Andre when it comes to NBC. The ONLY show I watch is CHUCK. They really screwed the pooch with Leno in the lineup. As far as I’m concerned, they should FIRE him and keep Conan on the Tonight Show, even though I prefer Chelsea Lately and George Lopez. That schedule is the absolute WORST I’ve ever seen! NO CREATIVITY AT ALL outside of Chuck on NBC. Really, really sad. They should FIRE all the top executives and start over!

  • DavidJ

    Yeah it’s not the strongest schedule, but it’s STILL refreshing as hell not to see Jay Leno’s name across the entire freakin thing.

  • Julia

    I’ve been watching NBC for a long, long time and this lineup is pretty sad. But not as sad as depending on Jay Leno at 10pm to bring home the ratings.

  • .,..

    The only thing I watch on NBC is Community, but I’m looking forward to seeing Parenthood.

  • Maria

    YES they’re starting FNL earier than they had planned! Success! Although, I personally would have preferred a March start, but I guess one can not be greedy, April is a lot better than the summer

  • cassi

    There putting Parenthood up against The Good Wife… Ah! guess Parenthood will have to go to the DVR.

  • ObiHave

    Hate Law & Order on Monday night. Now I have to choose between L&O CSI Miami and Castle………UGH
    And SVU against CSI NY.

    • confused

      Surprisingly,Law &Order is really good this season. They’ve really rejuvenated the show, with interesting cases and great acting. I especially like S. Epatha Merkerson. Her cancer subplot is really well done and doesn’t detract from the show at all. In fact, it makes it better.

    • LAJackie

      I’m glad that L&O is out of that horrible Friday night time slot. Dump CSI:Miami and watch Castle/Law & Order.

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