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.