NBC focuses on comedy for fall

NBC focuses on comedy for fall
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POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:34pm

fter plenty of speculation surrounding the fate of its beloved Thursday comedies, including "30 Rock," "Community" and "The Office," NBC calmed fans' fears on Sunday while revealing its comedy-filled fall schedule.

All of the aforementioned Thursday staples, as well as "Parks and Recreation," are returning, in addition to "Whitney"; "Parenthood"; "Up All Night"; "Law & Order: SVU"; "Celebrity Apprentice"; "Fashion Star"; "The Biggest Loser"; "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"; "Smash"; and "Grimm."

And while it's been reported that "30 Rock" is headed for a final season when it returns, NBC Entertainment's Robert Greenblatt said none of its Thursday comedies are definitely ending next season.

In addition to its renewed shows, NBC is adding six new scripted shows for the fall, with another six slated for mid-season.

On the reality series side of things, NBC is also bringing on a new game show called "Howie Mandel's White Elephant"; Eva Longoria's dating show "Ready for Love"; a reality show called "Stars Earn Stripes" that will feature nine celebrities who will hit a training camp to attempt military-style challenges; and "Surprise with Jenny McCarthy," an hour-long show of heart-warming surprises, such as reunions or announcements.

Here's the fall schedule (times are central):

Monday

7-9 p.m. -- "The Voice"

9-10 p.m. -- "Revolution," a new drama from J.J. Abrams and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke is set 15 years after all forms of electricity cease to operate.

Tuesday

7-8 p.m. -- "The Voice"

8-8:30 p.m. -- "Go On," a comedy starring "Friends" alum Matthew Perry as a sportscaster whose boss won't let him back on the air until he seeks therapy after the loss of his wife.

8:30-9 p.m. -- "The New Normal," a comedy from Ryan Murphy which follows a gay California couple who find the surrogate mom of their dreams in a Midwestern waitress with a questionable past.

9-10 p.m. -- "Parenthood"

Wednesday

7-7:30 p.m. -- "Animal Practice," a comedy set in a New York veterinary practice starring Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman, who works far better with his animal patients than with the humans he encounters.

7:30-8 p.m. -- "Guys with Kids," a comedy executive produced by late night host Jimmy Fallon that follows three 30-something dads who are trying to balance holding on to their youth and being parents.

8-9 p.m. -- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

9-10 p.m. -- "Chicago Fire," a scripted drama from Dick Wolf that follows the rescue squad, firefighters and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51.

Thursday

7-7:30 p.m. -- "30 Rock"

7:30-8 p.m. -- "Up All Night"

8-8:30 p.m. -- "The Office"

8:30-9 p.m. -- "Parks and Recreation"

9-10 p.m. -- "Rock Center with Brian Williams"

Friday

7-7:30 p.m. -- "Whitney"

7:30-8 p.m. -- "Community"

8-9 p.m. -- "Grimm"

9-10 p.m. -- "Dateline NBC"

Saturday

Encore programming

Sunday (Fall 2012)

6- 7:15 p.m. - "Football Night in America"

7:15-10:30 p.m. - "NBC Sunday Night Football"

-- CNN's Henry Hanks contributed to this report.

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