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NBC will launch new comedies early to get Olympics-size boost

“Go On”: Allison Miller as Carrie, Khary Payton as Don, Suzy Nakamura as Yolanda, Matthew Perry as Ryan, Laura Benanti as Lauren, Julie White as Anne. (NBC/PAUL DRINKWATER/NBC)

Similarly, NBC also plans to launch “Animal Practice” on Sunday, Aug. 12, immediately after the Summer Games’ Closing Ceremonies — also in late night, also without commercials, also not rated by Nielsen.

The next night, Aug. 13, NBC premieres new Dick Wolf/Mark Burnett reality series “Stars Earn Stripes,” followed by the season debut of “Grimm.”

After that, NBC will wait until early September to trot out its lineup. Among the highlights:

“The Voice” launches its first fall season on Sept. 10. (It’s Monday companion show, “Revolution,” launched the following Monday.”)

“Go On” launches in its regular timeslot, with commercials – and ratings — the next night, Sept. 11, followed by the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s new comedy “The New Normal” and the season debut of  “Parenthood.”

Sept. 12 marks the first season finale of Howard Stern’s “America’s Got Talent” and NBC will make hay while that sun shines with a 10 p.m. premiere of another of its new comedies, “Guys with Kids.”

You won’t see “Kids” again until Sept. 26, in the thick of Premiere Week.

NBC’s Thursday is launching one week before Premiere Week — except “30 Rock” which is waiting to begin its final season until Oct. 4. NBC’s moved-to-Friday comedies, “Whitney” and “Community” won’t launch until Oct. 19.

And Dick Wolf’s new drama, “Chicago Fire” is on the bench until Oct. 10.

Following are the premiere dates for NBC’s Fall 2012 primetime schedule (all times ET; new shows are in upper case):

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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