As is usually the case each year, NBC’s new schedule contains the most new comedies of all the major networks, with only two – Parks and Recreation and Community – returning. And just like last year, despite the release of its new programming, Community is nowhere to be found on the fall schedule. Our guess is that they’ll hold it again for spring – since it’s not even mentioned in the midseason schedule! – and announce a premiere date in a few months. And then they’ll reschedule that premiere date in the middle of filming so that all the episodes are oddly out of order—just like they were during season four.
Anyway, let’s take a look at what has been scheduled and for that, we need to only look at Thursday. Parks and Recreation will take over 30 Rock and more recently Community’s timeslot at 8 pm (a move from its 8:30 pm slot); the multi-camera Welcome to the Family (starring My Name is Earl’s Mike O’Malley) follows. It centers on a family dealing with their high school daughter who recently realized she’s pregnant. Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) returns to NBC in Sean Saves the World at 9:30 pm, about a recently divorced, gay dad to a teenager. The Michael J. Fox Show, wherein Fox plays a news anchor with Parkinson’s rounds out the comedy block at 9:30 with the returning hour-long dramedy Parenthood starting at 10 pm.
NBC will add two new comedies midseason, both of which will air on Tuesdays. About A Boy will follow The Voice at 9 pm. It’s based on Nick Hornby’s novel (and the movie adaptation that starred Hugh Grant). This version stars Minnie Driver and Will Freeman and co-stars comedians Al Madrigal and Anjelah Johnson. The Family Guide will follow at 9:30 pm. It stars J.K. Simmons as a strong-willed blind father who’s going through a divorce. Parker Posey was set to play his wife (yay!) but NBC recently announced she’s being recast (boo!).
Like Community, NBC has said nothing about its other new comedy, Undateable, which stars Chris D’Elia, who’s show Whitney was canceled after two seasons. Undateable, to our delight, also stars stand-up rising star comedian Ron Funches. NBC released trailers for The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World and Welcome to the Family, which you can watch below. Also, check out some stills from About A Boy, The Family Guide and Undateable.