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NBC Tweaks Fall Lineup — And You Probably Won’t Guess Why

Jun 5, 2015  •  Post A Comment

NBC is making changes to its fall prime-time lineup — for an unusual reason. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is moving its new medical drama “Heartbreaker,” starring Melissa George, to midseason.

The show, which had been slotted to lead out from “The Voice” on Tuesday nights, is being pushed back because of George’s pregnancy. The network confirmed today that the actress, known for “Alias,” “In Treatment” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among many other TV and film credits, is pregnant with her second child.

“Heartbreaker” is still set to begin production mid-summer, but the move will give George some extra time off before and after the baby’s arrival.

The Dick Wolf drama “Chicago Med” will now move into the time slot in fall, which will pair the show with “Chicago Fire” starting in November — after a two-month run for the Neil Patrick Harris variety hour “Best Time Ever.”

“Tonally, there’s no real change for NBC,” THR notes. “The network, like CBS, was eager to get a medical drama on the fall lineup and ordered the two hospital set pilots to series in May. ‘Chicago Med’ marks the second spinoff of ‘Chicago Fire,’ following ‘Chicago P.D.,’ and means that super-producer Wolf will occupy four full hours on NBC’s fall schedule.”

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