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'Community' goes back to school Feb. 7 as NBC sets midseason slate

October 30, 2012|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • Joel McHale, left, and Yvette Nicole Brown in a scene from "Community."
Joel McHale, left, and Yvette Nicole Brown in a scene from "Community." (Jordin Althaus / NBC )

NBC unveiled Tuesday its midseason schedule —and it looks like school starts Feb. 7 with the return of "Community."

After postponing the comedy's Oct. 19 return, the network is returning it to its old Thursday haunt at 8 p.m. It will find a laughing buddy in "Parks and Recreation," which will move up an hour, to 8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 17 to fill the gap left by "Up All Night" (the show is going on hiatus as it revamps itself from a single-camera comedy to a multi-cam).

From belly laughs to belting songs, "Smash" will return Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, freshman drama "Deception" (formerly "Infamous) — about a detective who goes undercover in a wealthy family to solve a murder — will take its bow Jan. 7. And New White House-set family comedy "1600 Penn" will debut Jan. 10.

For the unscripted devotees, the Eva Longoria-produced dating series "Ready for Love" comes March 31 and the fourth cycle of "The Voice," featuring new substitute judges Shakira and Usher, will kick off March 25. Oh, and then there's the return of Betty White.

For those who prefer an itemized list, details are below:

  SERIES PREMIERES:

-- “Deception” (Formerly “Infamous”) Jan. 7

-- “1600 Penn” Jan. 10

-- "Ready for Love" March 31

SERIES RETURNS:

-- "The Biggest Loser"  Jan. 6-7

-- “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” Jan. 8

-- “Smash” Feb. 5

-- “Community” Feb. 7

--“Celebrity Apprentice” March 3

--  “Revolution” March 25

-- “The Voice” March 25-26

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