NBC Benches ‘Community’ And ‘Prime Suspect’

Major scheduling changes are in store at midseason, and at least one major new show is MIA...

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With the failure of the high profile drama "The Playboy Club" and disappointing ratings overall, it's fair to say that this fall hasn't been kind to NBC. That may be why there are some big changes in store starting in January.

In the newly released midseason schedule, NBC has pulled "Community" and "Prime Suspect" entirely from the Thursday night schedule to make way for the new season of "30 Rock" and "The Firm;" respectively. To ally the fears of "Community" fans, NBC has reportedly confirmed that "Community" is not canceled and that its episode order will not be cut.

"Prime Suspect" may not be as lucky. Although NBC hasn't officially canceled the series and is said to be "considering [their] options," it doesn't seem likely that NBC will order any additional episodes of "Prime Suspect."

NBC will also reshuffle its Thursday comedy lineup by shipping "Whitney" over to Wednesdays to be paired up with "Are You There, Chelsea," with the low-rated newsmagazine "Rock Center With Brian Williams" immediately following them. "Up All Night" will move to Thursdays at 8:30pm, replacing "Whitney" in the time slot. The new Steven Spielberg produced musical drama, "Smash" is set to air on Mondays at 10pm.

Notably missing from the schedule is NBC's highly touted genre series, "Awake." The ambitious program stars Jason Isaacs as a detective who finds himself thrust between two alternate worlds: one in which his son is the only survivor of a car accident and the other reality in which his wife lived but their son did not. Earlier this month (via Deadline), "Awake" abruptly ceased production supposedly at the request of creator Kyle Killen and showrunner, Howard Gordon to shore up the remaining seven episodes of its 12 episode order.

The new schedule takes effect on January 11, 2012. For a complete list of programs, click over to the next page:



8-10 p.m. — "The Voice" (season premiere Sunday, February 5; series resumes February 6)

10-11 p.m. – "SMASH" (beginning February 6)


8-10 p.m. — "The Biggest Loser" (beginning January 3)

10-11 p.m. – "Parenthood" (through February 28)

10-11 p.m. – "FASHION STAR" (beginning Tuesday, March 13, 9-11 p.m. ET with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)


8-8:30 p.m. – "Whitney" (beginning January 11)

8:30-9 p.m. – "ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?" (beginning January 11)

9-10 p.m. – "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (beginning February 8)

10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"


8-8:30 p.m. – "30 Rock" (beginning January 12)

8:30-9 p.m. – "Parks and Recreation"

9-9:30 p.m. – "The Office"

9:30-10 p.m. – "Up All Night" (beginning January 12)

10-11 p.m. – "THE FIRM" (two-hour premiere Sunday January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)


8-9 p.m. – "Who Do You Think You Are?" (beginning February 3)

9-10 p.m. – "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"


8-9 p.m. – "Harry's Law" (encore broadcasts)

9-10 — "THE FIRM" (encore broadcasts)

10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore broadcasts)


7-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC" (beginning January 8)

8-9 p.m. – "Harry's Law" (beginning March 4)

9-11 p.m. – "The Celebrity Apprentice" (beginning February 12)