NBC Sets Early Fall Premiere Dates

ALTDoes the reality-laden landscape of summer television already have you yearning for the days of picnics in Pawnee and family dinners with the Bravermans? Well, NBC’s got you covered: Instead of debuting their fall rollout during late September’s premiere week, the Peacock will stagger their premieres over two months, starting in mid-August.

To give their new shows an extra kick, NBC will use their coverage of NFL football and the summer Olympics as launchpads. Two new comedies, Go On and Animal Practice, will get previews during the Olympics — with Animal starting right after the closing ceremonies. On Aug. 13, NBC will premiere the new Mark Burnett-Dick Wolf competition reality series Stars Earn Stripes, followed by the second season premiere of Grimm.

The Voice will also make an early return, debuting its first fall season after the Sept. 9 premiere of Football Night in America. Returning favorite Parenthood will return the week of Sept. 10, along with newbies The New Normal and Guys With Kids. The apocalyptic drama Revolution will debut on Monday Sept. 17, with Up All Night, The Office, and Parks and Recreation following that Thursday. And don’t worry, Greendale Human Beings: Community will be back on Friday, Oct. 19.

Check out NBC’s Fall 2012 premiere schedule below:

Wednesday, August 8

GO ON” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, August 12

ANIMAL PRACTICE” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, August 13

8-10 p.m. “STARS EARN STRIPES” (two-hour premiere)

10-11 p.m. “Grimm

Wednesday, September 5

7:30-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2012” (regular season)

8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, September 9

7-8:15 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular day and time)

8:15-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular day and time)

Monday, September 10

8-10 p.m. “The Voice

Tuesday, September 11

9-9:30 p.m. “GO ON” (time period premiere)

9:30-10 p.m. “THE NEW NORMAL

10-11 p.m. “Parenthood

Wednesday, September 12

10-10:30 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (sneak peek after penultimate “America’s Got Talent”)

Friday, Sept 14

9-10pm – “Grimm” (time period premiere)

Monday, September 17

10-11 p.m. “REVOLUTION

Thursday, September 20

8:30-9 p.m. “Up All Night

9-9:30 p.m. “The Office

9:30-10 p.m. “Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, September 26

8-8:30 p.m. “ANIMAL PRACTICE” (time period premiere)

8:30-9 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (time period premiere)

9-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (two-hour premiere)

Thursday, October 4

8-8:30 p.m. “30 Rock

Wednesday, October 10

10-11 p.m. “CHICAGO FIRE

Friday, October 19

8-8:30 p.m. “Whitney

8:30-9 p.m. “Community

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.