Notes from NBC’s day at the Television Critics Association press tour, including start dates for a couple of midseason shows, an Emmy winner going back in front of the camera and more. The news:
– We already knew that “The Voice” would air after NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl in February, but the network confirmed today that the episode will in fact be the show’s second-season premiere. It will air Sunday, Feb. 5 before moving to its regular time period — 8 p.m. ET Mondays — the following night. Feb. 6 will also bring the premiere of NBC’s musical drama “Smash” at 10 p.m.
– Sean Hayes, who’s an executive producer of NBC’s fall series “Grimm,” may be back on camera in a new comedy project. The “Will & Grace” Emmy winner has signed a deal to star in a show for the 2012-13 season, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt says. It’s in the early stages of development, but “we’re honing in on an idea,” Greenblatt says. The project also hasn’t hired a writer yet — although Greenblatt says a deal with someone is close — and he declined to divulge other details. Stay tuned.
Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner are also developing a game-show pilot that Greenblatt calls “Celebrity Game Night.” Greenblatt describes it this way: “I’m sure you all have game nights in your house, but in this particular show, Tom Hanks will drop in.”
– Grammy winner Michael Buble will star in a holiday special for the network to air in December. The as-yet untitled special, produced by Lorne Michaels and Ben Silverman, will feature Buble singing a few numbers from his forthcoming holiday CD and some comedy bits.
– NBC has signed “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” executive producer Greg Daniels to a two-year overall deal. As part of the agreement, Daniels will develop live-action shows (both scripted and non-scripted) and also work on animated series, something NBC hasn’t really tried since “Father of the Pride” flopped in 2004. Daniels is a former writer and producer for “The Simpsons” and co-created “King of the Hill” with Mike Judge.
– NBC has also signed a development deal with Gary Sanchez, the production company run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.