NBC announced their new fall schedule yesterday, one which they hope is strike-proof, between reality programming and shows that were renewed early to keep them in production prior to the strike. The week gets off to a familiar start with The Voice returning for another round on Mondays, followed by The Irrational, starring Jessie L. Martin as the latest behavioral science expert who uses his skills to help governments, law enforcement, and corporations. Tuesday leads off with the week’s sole comedy block, with the Night Court sequel followed by Extended Family, starring Jon Cryer and Abigail Spencer as divorced parents who continue to raise their kids in the family home. That is followed by another hour of The Voice and the rebooted Quantum Leap.
Wednesday and Thursday continue to be dominated by Dick Wolf franchises, with his three Chicago series running back-to-back-to-back on Wednesday and the two original entries in his Law & Order franchise the following night. Found, starring Shanola Hampton as a public relations specialist who helps keep the spotlight on missing children, caps of the night. The Wall kicks things off on Friday, followed by two hours of Dateline NBC. Sunday remains filled with the NFL.
Law & Order: Organized Crime moves to midseason for its fourth season as a new show runner comes onboard. La Brea will return for a shortened third and final season, as will the second half of Magnum PI‘s fifth season. On the comedy side, the George Lopez comedy Lopez vs. Lopez, will be back for a second season while the futures of Young Rock , American Auto, and Grand Crew are up in the air. A second season of Password is also expected, though it is dependent on the resolution of the writer’s strike. New shows for midseason include The Americas, with Tom Hanks narrating a look at the “wonders, secrets and fragilities of the Americas – Earth’s largest landmass and the only one to stretch between both poles,” Deal or No Deal Island, which pits teams against each other and the banker to win lots of money, and an untitled America’s Got Talent spinoff series.
Shows gone from our sets include The Blacklist, New Amsterdam, and possibly others.
Comedy makes a return to the one-time home of Must See TV, as a single hour-long comedy block comes to Friday. NBC announced their new fall schedule yesterday that contained a single comedy and only two new shows making the cut. The week gets off to a familiar start with The Voice returning for another round on Mondays, followed by a reboot of Quantum Leap, where a new team looks to follow up on the mysteries of the original. Tuesday leads off with more of The Voice, followed by a second season of La Brea and the fifth and final season of New Amsterdam.
Wednesday and Thursday continue to be dominated by Dick Wolf franchises, with his three Chicago series running back-to-back-to-back on Wednesday and three entries in his Law & Order franchise the following night. The Capital One College Bowl kicks things off on Friday until November, when it will be replaced by the new George Lopez comedy Lopez vs. Lopez, Young Rock. Both will be followed by two hours of Dateline NBC. Sunday remains filled with the NFL.
The Blacklist moves to midseason for its tenth go-around, though it is still producing a full 22-episode season. Comedies waiting for midseason include a Night Court reboot, starring John Laroquette and Melissa Rouch, and the returning American Auto and Grand Crew. Several drama pilots were not ready for consideration but may see life as midseason replacements.
Shows gone from our sets include This Is Us, The Thing About Pam, Ordinary Joe, The Endgame, Mr. Mayor, Keenan, and the never-aired Hungry.
In a sad state of affairs for the one-time home of the Must See TV comedy block that dominated the ratings and multiple nights of programming, NBC announced a fall schedule yesterday that contained nary a single comedy and only 3 new shows making the cut. The week gets off to a familiar start with The Voice returning for another round on Mondays, followed by Ordinary Joe, a new heartfelt, life-affirming drama telling parallel stories about a recent college grad and the different paths he could take based on a single decision. Tuesday leads off with more of The Voice, followed by La Brea, an epic adventure that begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths, and, finally, the new season of New Amsterdam.
Wednesday and Thursday have both been turned over completely to Dick Wolf, with his 3 Chicago series running back to back to back on Wednesday. Thursday has been handed over to his Law & Order franchise, with the new L&O: For The Defense leading off the night, followed by the returning SVU and Organized Crime. The Blacklist returns on Friday, followed by 2 hours of Dateline NBC. Sunday remains filled with the NFL.
The comedy lineup won’t be back until midseason, with new shows American Auto, a workplace comedy that takes the wheels off the automobile industry, and Grand Crew, a new comedy from the the Brooklyn Nine-Nine team that proves that life is better with your crew, joining the returning Kenan, Mr. Mayor, and Young Rock. This Is Us will also return at midseason for a sixth and final season. The fate of a number of other shows, including Debris, Ellen’s Game of Games, Good Girls, Manifest, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, are still up in the air.
Cancelled shows include Connecting and Superstore.