Bad news, Revolution fans! The NBC "hit" show is headed for an almost four-month hiatus. The news came in a NBC press release that laid out the network's 2013 midseason schedule, which includes the addition of three non-genre shows.
According to the press release: "Revolution -- the season's only bona fide new hit series -- will return and follow The Voice on March 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) when it concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November."
Apparently, NBC doesn't remember how well that worked out for The Event or ABC's V and FlashForward. Those shows struggled after coming back.
Revolution seemed to be doing well in the ratings, especially among the coveted 18-49-year-old viewers, and has been averaging just under 9 million total viewers.
The drama Deception will be taking over Revolution's Monday night 10 p.m. timeslot as of Jan. 7, with The Biggest Loser as its lead-in.
The Voice is certainly a better lead-in and is NBC's most popular series. But taking a serialized show like Revolution off for nearly four months could be deadly. Time will tell.
Here's the NBC press release:
NBC REVEALS CHANGES FOR MID-SEASON 2013
-- New Drama "Deception" (Formerly "Infamous") January 7
-- New Comedy "1600 Penn" January 10
-- New Relationship Series "Ready for Love" from Eva Longoria March 31
-- "The Voice" Begins Fourth Cycle March 25/26
-- The Season's Newest Hit "Revolution" Returns March 25
-- "The Biggest Loser" Weighs in January 6/7 with Return of Jillian Michaels
-- "Smash" Dances Back to the Schedule February 5 with Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson
-- "Community" Returns February 7
--"The Celebrity Apprentice" Debuts March 3
-- "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" Comes Back January 8
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - October 30, 2012 - NBC today announced changes to its 2013 primetime mid-season schedule highlighted by the premieres of three new series, including comedy "1600 Penn," from one of the architects of "Modern Family"; an intriguing drama "Deception" (formerly "Infamous"); and producer Eva Longoria's big reality relationship show "Ready for Love."
In addition, several of the network's biggest hits will return, including "The Voice" with new coaches Usher and Shakira; fall hit "Revolution"; "Smash," featuring Jennifer Hudson; and "The Biggest Loser," with some innovative changes to the format and the return of Jillian Michaels.
Further scheduling announcements will be forthcoming.
Following are the highlights of the changes:
The new drama "Deception" - starring Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"), Victor Garber ("Alias"), Tate Donovan ("Damages") and Katherine LaNasa ("Alfie") in a dark family murder mystery -- debuts on January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET). Preceding "Deception" is the new season of "The Biggest Loser" which returns with a two-night premiere on Sunday, January 6 (9-11 p.m. ET) and Monday, January 7 (8-10 p.m. ET), and will continue on Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) until the return of "The Voice."
"The Voice" maintains its momentum as it returns March 25 for a fourth season (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET). It continues its two-night Monday/Tuesday schedule as it did this fall. "Revolution" -- the season's only bona fide new hit series -- will return and follow "The Voice" on March 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) when it concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November.
Last year's acclaimed musical drama "Smash" makes its much-anticipated return with a two-hour episode on February 5 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson -- and will resume on Tuesday, February 12 (10-11 p.m. ET) in its regular day and time. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" premieres on January 8 with back-to-back episodes (8-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30-9 p.m. ET) and will continue in that hour each Tuesday.
"The Voice" also will return on Tuesdays on March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET).
The new comedy "1600 Penn" -- starring Bill Pullman ("Independence Day"), Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg") and Josh Gad (Broadway's "The Book of Mormon") as a typical American family who just happen to live in the White House -- debuts on January 10 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). Jason Winer, Emmy-winning director of "Modern Family" is co-creator and director. The critically hailed comedy "Community" returns on February 7 (8-8:30 p.m. ET). "Parks and Recreation" moves up one hour on the Thursday schedule to 8:30-9 p.m. (ET) on January 17.
The new alternative series "Ready for Love" -- an innovative and dramatic new relationship show about making real connections with executive producer Eva Longoria - premieres Sunday, March 31 (8-10 p.m. ET). Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" resumes with an "All-Star" edition of former celebrity contestants on March 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) for four weeks before continuing in one-hour episodes on Sunday, March 31 (10-11 p.m. ET).
What do you think?