NBC is introducing “a new schedule that will add five dramas and three new comedies, but as with last year, only three fall newcomers,” reports Gary Levin at USA Today.
In an effort to rekindle its Thursday night line-up as, once again, “Must-See TV,” the critically-acclaimed “This is Us” moves to Thursdays from Tuesdays.
Notes Levin, a “12-episode revival of former hit comedy ‘Will & Grace’” will also be on Thursdays.
Levin also writes about “’The Brave, a drama about undercover military heroes starring Mike Vogel as a special-ops agent and Anne Heche as a deputy CIA director, which gets the post-‘Voice’ slot on Mondays; and ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,’ tracking the true story of Los Angeles brothers who killed their parents. Set to follow ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Great News’ and ‘Us’ on Thursdays, it’s part of what NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt on Sunday called an attempted ‘return of must-see TV’ that night as a promotional hook.”
NBC also announced that it had decided not to cancel the drama “Timeless,” which should be ready by mid-season.
Here’s NBC’s fall schedule (new shows in bold, new time slots in italics; all times ET/PT):
Monday: 8, The Voice; 10, The Brave.
Tuesday: 8, The Voice; 9, Superstore; 9:30, The Good Place; 10, Chicago Fire.
Wednesday: 8, The Blacklist; 9, Law & Order: SVU; 10, Chicago PD
Thursday: 8, Will & Grace; 8:30, Great News; 9, This is Us; 10, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
Friday: 8, Blindspot; 9, Taken; 10, Dateline NBC.
Saturday: 8, Drama repeats; 10, Saturday Night Live repeats.
Sunday: 7, Football Night in America; 8:20, Sunday Night Football
According to TV Guide, this is what NBC has for midseason:
“In addition to ‘Chicago Med,’ NBC’s midseason schedule will see the launch of Jason Katim’s musical drama ‘Rise,’ ‘Good Girls’ from ‘Scandal’ alum Jenna Bans, and the Sarah Shahi starrer ‘Reverie.’
“New comedies ‘A.P. Bio’ and ‘Champions,’ along with non-scripted series ‘The Awesome Show’ from Chris Hardwick, Ellen [DeGeneres’] ‘Game of Games; ‘Neil Patrick Harris’s ‘Genius Junior’ and ‘The Handmade Project’ with the married couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly, will also show their stuff in the spring.”