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NBC reveals 2011-12 schedule, says it will fire Donald Trump from Celebrity Apprentice if he runs for president

wpid-nbc-playboy-pilot.jpgNBC just announced what trade magazines and website have been buzzing on for days now, unveiling a schedule for the 2011-12 TV season offering six new shows in the fall and 12 new shows overall.

Gone are hopefuls such as Outsourced, The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Instead, there's a '60s-set the Playboy Club, Saturday Night Live vets taking on parenting in Up All Night, comic Whitney Cummings breaking out in Whitney, a U.S. version of Helen Mirren's PBS/British TV mystery series Prime Suspect (without Mirren) and an updated fairy tale story in Grimm.

Saved from death: Chuck, Community, Harry's Law and Parenthood.

Bob Greenblatt, NBC's chairman of entertainment let a few thoughts slip during a conference call Sunday before facing advertisers the next day as part of TV's upfront ad selling season.

Greenblatt says:

celebrityapprentice-michaels.jpgDonald Trump will be replaced on Celebrity Apprentice if he runs for president, but NBC is hoping he'll stay on the show because it is one of their strongest franchises. And even though Trump has been accused of everything from racism to lying in his public statements about President Obama, Greenblatt said the businessman's controversial profile caused "no real headaches" at the network.

Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay has sealed a deal for next season which involves limited time on the show and a new detective hired to join the squad. The network has been "circling" Jennifer Love Hewitt, but has nothing confirmed. The Law & Order franchise likely won't go beyond it's current shape at NBC, where Law & Order: SVU is scheduled in fall and Law & Order Criminal Intent does well on sister cable network USA.

The network's biggest priorities this fall are establishing more comedies and nurturing its only real hit in 2011, The Voice, into a multi-year franchise.

brian_williams.jpgNBC also is developing a newsmagazine franchise for Brian Williams, following an idea from Greenblatt to "use more of these wonderful resources we have at NBC News." They don't know when it would air, and the program doesn't even have a name, though Greenblatt says "as soon as it is ready, we'll get it onto the schedule."

Greenblatt also bristled at one critic's pointed observation that many of NBC's new shows seems derivative -- Playboy Club feels like a version of Mad Men, Prime Suspect was a popular series on PBS and British TV, a midseason version of The Firm tackles a book which was already a popular film many years ago.

"We wanted to be derivative this year, that's why we picked up all those shows," said the chairman, acidly, before going on to defend his slate of new shows in general. The exchange left some reporters wondering whether NBC had a good enough defense for its biggest criticism -- that much of its blizzard of new programs already feel like reruns.

But here's the actual schedule for next season, along with a link to NBC site on the programs:

NBC FALL 2011-12 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Sing-Off”
10-11 p.m. – “THE PLAYBOY CLUB”

TUESDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “UP ALL NIGHT”
8:30-9 p.m. – “FREE AGENTS”
9-10 p.m. -- “Harry’s Law”
10-11 p.m. -- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

THURSDAY
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. – “WHITNEY”
10-11 p.m. – “PRIME SUSPECT”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. – “GRIMM”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7- 8:15 p.m. -- "Football Night in America"
8:15-11:30 p.m. -- "NBC Sunday Night Football"


NBC 2012 MID-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE FIRM”

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “SMASH”

[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2011 4:14pm]

    

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