NBC Announces Premiere Dates for Midseason Series HARRY’S LAW, THE CAPE, and PERFECT COUPLES

     November 15, 2010

Plenty of series have already come and gone since the beginning of the fall TV season, but as some are still hanging by a thread on their respective networks (looking at you Running Wilde), others are just getting ready for their big mid-season debut. Today NBC announced the premiere dates for their three new mid-season series as well as a slew of other changes in their programming line-up. After the jump you’ll find the premiere dates for The Cape, Harry’s Law and Perfect Couples as well as new schedule information with time slot changes for current running programs upon their return in the mid-season.

the_cape_nbc_tv_show_logoThe action drama The Cape (watch the trailer here) will premiere on Sunday, January 9th with a two hour episode beginning at 9/8c. The first episode will air again on Monday, January 10th at 9/8c and will begin airing new episodes in the same timeslot on January 17th. The hour long drama stars David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin of Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott of Flash Forward). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands.

January 17th will also mark the series premiere of Harry’s Law at 10/9c. The drama series (see the trailer here) stars Kathy Bates (Misery), Ben Chaplin (Me and Orson Wells) and Aml Ameen (Kidulthood) as the most unlikely group of people starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places: a rundown shoe store. Harriet is a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer who, having just been fired from her cushy job, is completely disillusioned with her success and looking for a fresh start.  Her world unexpectedly collides with Malcolm’s — a young man trying to figure out life. When he finds out Harriet is a lawyer, he begs her to represent him in an upcoming criminal case.  Matthew, a dreamer at heart and also recently fired from his job as a high school teacher, is introduced to Harriet through Malcolm, a previous student of his. When these three cross paths, they realize they’re all looking for a fresh start.

perfect_couples_nbc_tv_show_logoFinally, Perfect Couples will premiere on January 20th as part of NBC’s new three-hour block of comedy on Thursday nights. The half-hour comedy (see the trailer here) depicts the misadventures of three engaging couples as they struggle to find out what makes the ideal relationship and how to maintain it through humorous trial-and-error. The series explores their heroic journey in search of the perfect relationship without destroying each other in the process. Kyle Howard, (My Boys), Christine Woods, (Flash Forward), David Walton (Heist), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Hayes MacArthur (She’s Out of My League) and Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show) star as the series’ couples.

As for a full rundown of all the scheduling changes surrounding these series premieres and the jockeying around of series like The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles, you can check out the full press release below:

November 15, 2010 – NBC today made several mid-season schedule announcements, including the premiere dates for four new series – the dramas “The Cape” and “Harry’s Law,” the comedy “Perfect Couples” and the alternative series “America’s Next Great Restaurant.” The lineup also includes series time period changes for “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Chase,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Parenthood.”

Additionally, returning series “Parks and Recreation,” resumes on the schedule while other moves maximize the amount of original, non-repeat programming on the network.

Following are night-by-night details

The new action-filled drama “The Cape” will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). An encore broadcast of the two-hour episode airs Monday, January 10 (9-11 p.m. ET) with new episodes starting in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m. ET). The highly buzzed-about drama “The Event” returns with a two-hour edition on Monday, February 28 (9-11 p.m. ET) and begins airing in its regular 9-10 p.m. (ET) time slot on March 7. The new drama “Harry’s Law” debuts at 10-11 p.m. (ET) starting on January 17. “Parenthood” will return on January 4 with new episodes in its current time period (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) and will move to Mondays on March 7 at 10-11 p.m. (ET) with original episodes to complete its second season. “Chuck” continues at 8-9 p.m. (ET) on January 17.

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” will move to Tuesdays at 10-11 p.m. (ET) on February 8.

The freshman drama “Chase” relocates to a new night and time at 9-10 p.m. (ET) beginning January 12. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” moves to a new time beginning with a two-hour episode from 9-11 p.m. (ET) on January 5 before resuming in its regular time of 10-11 p.m. (ET) the next week.

The new Thursday-night lineup features wall-to-wall comedy beginning January 20 with “Community” at 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) followed at the new comedy “Perfect Couples” at 8:30-9 p.m. (ET). “The Office” continues at 9-9:30 p.m. (ET) and “Parks and Recreation” returns from 9:30-10 p.m. (ET). NBC opens a new hour of humor with “30 Rock” moving to 10-10:30 p.m. (ET) and the freshman series “Outsourced” concludes the night at 10:30-11 p.m. (ET).