Arnold takes center stage, Nick and Renard face off against one another and a power-hungry ruler governs over his kingdom
Launching the new year in dramatic style, NBC has set January 2017 premiere dates for three key midseason series: "The New Celebrity Apprentice," now in Los Angeles and starring master of the boardroom Arnold Schwarzenegger; "Grimm," which will begin its sixth and final season; and the epic, romantic and wondrous "Emerald City."
"The New Celebrity Apprentice," Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m.): Sixteen celebrities are set to compete for their favorite charities when "The New Celebrity Apprentice" shifts to Los Angeles for its eighth season. Twice-elected California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.
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 Co. 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.
"The New Celebrity Apprentice" (Key art photo by NBCUniversal)
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:
"Grimm," The final season begins Friday, Jan. 6 (8-9 p.m.): Closing out an incredibly 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 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 serve as executive producers, along with Greenwalt and Kouf. "Grimm" is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.
"Emerald City" (Key art photo by NBCUniversal)
"Emerald City," Friday, Jan. 6 (9-11 p.m. two-hour event; 9-10 p.m. 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.