NBC midseason: Premieres for 'The Voice' and 'Smash,' 'Up All Night' to Thursday, 'Community' benched

katharine-mcphee-smash.jpgNBC will do a pretty serious makeover of its schedule in early 2012 with four new series debuting and several others moving to new nights.

As previously announced, "The Voice" will open its second season after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5. It will move into its regular home at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 6 and be joined by the new drama "Smash" at 10 p.m. "Up All Night" is swappin timeslots with "Whitney" in January, with the latter headed to Wednesday to pair with newcomer "Are You There, Chelsea?" (which has changed its from "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea").

New drama "The Firm" will take over for "Prime Suspect" at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Jan. 12. That same night will also bring the season premiere of "30 Rock" in a new timeslot, 8 p.m. ET, which means "Community" will disappear, at least for a while.

On Tuesdays, "Parenthood" will end its 18-episode season on Feb. 28, and reality series "Fashion Star" will step into its Tuesday timeslot starting March 13. The network has also set a Jan. 27 series finale date for "Chuck." Returning unscripted series "Who Do You Think You Are?" fills the 8 o'clock Friday spot starting Feb. 3.

Oh, and "Harry's Law" is moving to Sundays with "The Celebrity Apprentice," while "Rock Center with Brian Williams" will take over "Harry's" Wednesday-night spot.

It's dizzying number of changes for struggling NBC, which will essentially have relaunch its entire schedule between January and March. The full schedule is below, but a couple points first:

- While "Community" is off the schedule for the first couple months of 2012, an NBC rep tells Zap2it it will definitely be back later in the spring. Just where it lands, though, hasn't been decided.

- Several new shows -- drama "Awake" and comedies "Bent" and "Best Friends Forever" -- haven't been scheduled yet.

- "Prime Suspect" won't get any episodes beyond its 13-episode order this season, though the network says it will remain in play for 2012-13. Its ratings, however, don't suggest an especially bright future.

The full NBC midseason schedule, with new shows in bold (all times Eastern/Pacific):

Mondays

8 p.m. "The Voice" (premieres Sunday, Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl; regular timeslot starting Feb. 6)
10 p.m. "Smash" (premieres Feb. 6)

Tuesdays

8 p.m. "The Biggest Loser" (new season premieres Jan. 3)
10 p.m. "Parenthood" (season finale Feb. 28)/ "Fashion Star" (two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. March 13, moves to 10 p.m. March 20)

Wednesdays

8 p.m. "Whitney" (starting Jan. 11)
8:30 p.m. "Are You There, Chelsea?" (premieres Jan. 11)
9 p.m. "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (starting Feb. 8)
10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU"

Thursdays

8 p.m. "30 Rock" (premieres Jan. 12)
8:30 p.m. "Parks and Recreation"
9 p.m. "The Office"
9:30 p.m. "Up All Night" (starting Jan. 12)
10 p.m. "The Firm" (two-hour premiere Sunday, Jan. 8; regular timeslot starting Jan. 12)

Fridays

8 p.m. "Chuck" (series finale Jan. 27)/"Who Do You Think You Are?" (premieres Feb. 3)
9 p.m. "Grimm"
10 p.m. "Dateline"

Sundays

7 p.m. "Dateline" (starting Jan. 8)
8 p.m. "Harry's Law" (starting March 4)
9 p.m. "The Celebrity Apprentice" (premieres Feb. 12)
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