NBC Announces Fall Schedule: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Final Episodes Midseason; Ascendancy of ‘Blacklist.’ Read Full Press Release About the Schedule

May 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

NBC has announced its fall schedule (New shows in caps):

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. — “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. — “The Blacklist” / “STATE OF AFFAIRS” (beginning Nov. 17)

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. — “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. — “MARRY ME”
9:30-10 p.m. — “About a Boy”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. — “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA”
9-10 p.m. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago P.D.”

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser”
9-9:30 p.m. — “BAD JUDGE” (“The Blacklist” beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 p.m. — “A TO Z”
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. — “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. — “CONSTANTINE”

SATURDAY
8-11 p.m. — Encore programming

SUNDAY
7-8:20 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:20-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

To read NBC's official press release about its primetime 2014-2015 schedule, including detailed descriptions of the new shows, please click here.

Most notable are the midseason scheduling of the final episodes of "Parks and Recreation" and the moving of the "The Blacklist" to a key Thursday night slot starting Feb. 5, 2015.

Says our good friend Scott Collins in his comments about the schedule in the Los Angeles Times: "In the 2014-15 schedule unveiled Sunday morning, the network backed away from its aggressive Thursday night comedy block after years of sub-par ratings. Instead, starting in February the hit crime drama 'The Blacklist' will anchor a night kicked off by 'The Biggest Loser.'

"Comedies will remain in the 9 p.m. hour but will be newcomers: the family sitcom 'Bad Judge' followed by the dating comedy 'A to Z.'"

Collins adds: "With NBC the only major broadcaster now lacking a full-season marquee comedy, the network is instead focusing on building up 'The Blacklist,' which was the top-rated new program this season. Programmers are also salting the schedule with a few new dramas, including a light whodunit called 'The Mysteries of Laura,' which stars Debra Messing and will open Wednesday nights, and the superhero epic 'Constantine,' pegged for Fridays."

In a statement, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said: "The overall goal was to maintain stability from our growing number of anchor shows, while, at the same time, striving to make every show an event — a guiding principle of our development strategy."

On Monday, May 12, 2014, NBC will formally present its fall schedule to advertisers and media agencies in New York City at Javits Center.

Again, to read NBC's official press release announcing its primetime 2014-2015 season schedule, including details about its new shows, please click here.


 

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