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NBC unveils midseason schedule

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now that the Olympics are over, it's back to normal on network TV -- particularly NBC. While other networks got their midseason schedules underway earlier this winter, NBC waited, using its coverage of the games to tout returning favorites like "The Biggest Loser" and "Hannibal" and promote the new comedic efforts "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher."

With Friday's season two premiere of "Hannibal" (which takes over for "Dracula" in the 10 p.m. timeslot) and the last batch of post-Olympics returns, NBC mostly solidifies its midseason schedule this week. (Two new Sunday dramas and a reality show premiere later in March.)

The "Hannibal" premiere isn't the only thing that leaves the network's primetime landscape looking a little different from when we last saw it, though.

On Tuesdays are "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher." The two affable sitcoms, kicked off by "The Voice" at 8 p.m., replace the departed-for-the-season "Biggest Loser" in the 9 p.m. hour.

Technically, the shows premiered in the timeslot last Tuesday, but despite being advertised as new episodes, the ones shown were actually the pilot episodes, which debuted just days earlier during the Olympics. This week, though, the episodes are indeed new.

The other big change -- which wasn't originally part of the plan -- comes on Thursdays. Beginning Thursday, new "Hollywood Game Night" episodes replace "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox" Show at 9 p.m.

The two sitcoms were canceled in late January and early February, respectively. "Sean" has already aired 12 of its 14 episodes, while "Michael J. Fox" has shown 15 of 22.

NBC hasn't said whether or not it will air the remaining episodes of either show, but my guess is it will at some point. After all, "Sean" only has two left, so it wouldn't be that big a deal to stick them in there back-to-back some week for the fans and then be done.

"The Michael J. Fox Show" is a little more uncertain with seven episodes left, but since NBC invested a lot in it -- ordering it straight to a full 22-episode season from the start -- I figure the network will take all it can get from the show, even if that means just burning off the remaining episodes sometime this summer.

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Series premieres: "Inside Job," 9 p.m. Friday, TNT (business executive competition); "Save Our Business," 10 p.m. Friday, TNT (business makeovers); "Game of Stones," 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (rare gemstone collector); "Deion's Family Playbook," 10 p.m. Saturday, OWN (Deion Saunders' home and work life); "Southern Charm," 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo (privileged singles in Charleston, S.C.); "Those Who Kill," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E (drama about a detective and a profiler hunting serial killers in Pittsburgh); "Bates Motel: After Hours," 11 p.m. Monday, A&E (talk show); "Hustling America," 9 p.m. Wednesday, National Geographic (a magician tries to con people into making outrageous wagers); "Bring It," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (a hip-hop dance troupe trains and competes).

Season premieres: "Vikings," 10 p.m. Thursday, History; "Hannibal," 10 p.m. Friday, NBC; "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," 10 p.m. Friday, Lifetime; "Beyond Scared Straight," 10 p.m. Friday, A&E; "Bates Motel," 9 p.m. Monday, A&E; "The Little Couple," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; "The Game," 10 p.m. Tuesday, BET; "My 600-lb Life," 8 p.m. Wednesday, TLC; "Preachers' Daughters," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime; "Flipping Out," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo; "The Face," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oxygen.

Returning: "Community," 8 p.m., "Parks and Recreation," 8:30 p.m., and "Parenthood," 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC; "Grey's Anatomy," 9 p.m., and "Scandal," 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "Last Man Standing," 8 p.m. and "The Neighbors," 8:30 p.m. Friday, ABC: "Undercover Boss," 8 p.m., "Hawaii Five-0," 9 p.m., and "Blue Bloods," 10 p.m. Friday, CBS; "Grimm," 9 p.m. Friday, NBC; "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 8 p.m., "The Goldbergs," 9 p.m., and "Trophy Wife," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.

Timeslot change: "Two and a Half Men" and "The Crazy Ones" swap timeslots Thursday and will now air at 9 and 9:30 p.m. respectively on CBS.

Season finale: "Almost Human," 8 p.m. Monday, Fox.

Oscars specials: "Countdown to the Oscars," 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "86th Academy Awards," 8:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC (hosted by Ellen DeGeneres; red carpet coverage at 8 p.m. on NBC and 5:30 p.m. on E!); "E! Afterparty: The 2014 Academy Awards," 11:30 p.m. Sunday, E!; "Fashion Police: The 2014 Academy Awards," 9:30 p.m. Monday, E!

Specials: "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell," 10 p.m. Saturday, PBS; "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC; "Carvers," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (a sculpting team carves giant masterpieces out of any material); "Weird or What? with William Shatner" mini-marathon, 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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