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NBC sets premiere dates for Emerald City, Grimm’s final season and Celebrity Apprentice

NBC is gearing up for a brand-new lineup, the network will be launching a trio of new shows this January and have set premiere dates. The three key midseason series are “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” now in Los Angeles and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; “Grimm,” which will begin its sixth and final season; and the epic, romantic and wondrous “Emerald City.”

One of the big premieres is “Emerald City,” a series that seems to have been waiting in the wings at NBC for years at this point. The series will begin on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9p.m.as a two-hour event. The series will then be a one-hour event each week following. Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world — a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, “Emerald City” is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell and Joely Richardson also star. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as an executive producer. “Emerald City” is a Universal Television production.

THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE” will premiere on Monday, January 2, at 8 p.m. In the new season there will be sixteen celebrities competing for their favorite charities. This will be the eighth season of the show, now with twice-elected California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Advising the new head of the boardroom this season will be world-class business minds, including investment guru Warren Buffett, one of the most successful businessmen in the world; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, actress, TV host, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, the founder and chief creative officer of the Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger’s trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

This season’s celebrity contestants vying for the coveted title of the Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity are, former world-champion Laila Ali, actor Brooke Burke-Charvet, Hall of Fame Running Back Eric Dickerson, Boy George, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, actor Carrie Keagan, TV star Carson Kressley, Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, comedian Jon Lovitz, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, reality star Kyle Richards, UFC star Chael Sonnen, reality star Porsha Williams, Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, and singer Carnie Wilson

The final season of “GRIMM” will begin on Friday, January 6th. The show will close its successful series run and giving viewers a chance to say goodbye over the last 13 episodes, the sixth and final season of NBC’s drama “Grimm” will begin its last chapter with the battle fans have long been waiting for — Nick versus Capt. Renard. The series, which reached the 100-episode milestone last season, has long been a fan and critical favorite, with the Los Angeles Times calling it “terrific and trendsetting… ‘Grimm’ has become a beacon of solid narrative and a weekly reminder of why monsters matter.” The New York Times said “Grimm” is “engaging, clever, tense, funny and well-paced, featuring a remarkably appealing cast.”

As for events leading into the final season, the nefarious forces of Black Claw have been silenced and Nick (David Giuntoli) faces an all too familiar foe in Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz). Now in the seat of power as the mayor elect of Portland, Renard is poised to bring rise to his own brand of law and order. Nick must take a stand to protect his city and those closest to him, especially his child with Adalind (Claire Coffee). It will take the full force of Nick and his allies to find a way to bring the peace.

Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) grapple with bringing a child into a new and tumultuous world, and Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) faces unsettling identity issues as her former self lurks below the surface. “Grimm” also stars Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee.The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (“Hollywood Game Night,” ”Hot in Cleveland”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf. “Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.

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