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Fall TV: NBC to get four nights of comedy plus ‘The Voice’

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NBC evidently believes laughter is the best medicine: The struggling network will have four nights of comedy in the fall, plus the Season 3 return of ‘The Voice.’

Keeping its Thursday sitcom block essentially intact with existing series, NBC will move ‘Community’ and ‘Whitney’ to Fridays and open up Tuesday and Wednesday for new comedies such as ‘Go On,’ ‘Animal Practice’ and ‘Guys With Kids.’

‘I’m determined to build momentum from night to night, something that’s eluded us in recent years,’ Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a conference call with reporters Sunday.

Also, the singing contest ‘The Voice’ will open in fall for the first time, on Mondays and Tuesdays, setting up a likely confrontation with Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ on Fox.

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J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi drama ‘Revolution’ will land at 10 p.m. Mondays, while Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Fire’ will round out the night on Wednesdays.

‘We’ve got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice,’ Greenblatt said.

The new dramas ‘Do No Harm,’ ‘Infamous’ and ‘Hannibal’ will be held for mid-season.

Here’s the entire schedule (* denotes new series):

MONDAY

8 - 10 p.m. ‘The Voice’

10 p.m. ‘Revolution’ *

TUESDAY

8 p.m. ‘The Voice’

9 p.m. - ‘Go On’ *

9:30 p.m. - The New Normal’ *

10 p.m. - ‘Parenthood’

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. - ‘Animal Practice’ *

8:30 p.m. - ‘Guys With Kids’ *

9 p.m. - ‘Law & Order: SVU’

10 p.m. - ‘Chicago Fire’ *

THURSDAY

8 p.m. - ’30 Rock’

8:30 p.m. - ‘Up All Night’

9 p.m. - ‘The Office’

9:30 p.m. - ‘Parks and Recreation’

10 p.m. - ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’

FRIDAY

8 p.m. - ‘Whitney’

8:30 p.m. - ‘Community’

9 p.m. - ‘Grimm’

10 p.m. - ‘Dateline NBC’

SATURDAY

Repeats

SUNDAY

Fall

7 p.m. ‘Football Night in America’

8:15 p.m. ‘NBC Sunday Night Football’

Winter

7 p.m. - ‘Dateline NBC’

8 p.m. - ‘Fashion Star’

9 p.m. - ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’

10 p.m. - ‘Do No Harm’ *

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— Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)


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