NBC to Remake Primetime Sked With 6 New Fall Shows

NBC to Remake Primetime Sked With

'Blacklist' nabs post 'Voice' Monday slot; "Parenthood" shifts 10 p.m. Thursday

NBC will once again remake nearly every night of its primetime schedule in the fall in an effort to move it beyond its dependence on “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice.”

In all, NBC will add three dramas and three comedies in fall, while returning drama to 10 p.m. on Thursdays by shifting “Parenthood” to that timeslot. The slot had previously been occupied by newsmagazine “Rock Center,” which NBC is ending.

“The overriding strategy this year was to develop enough strong comedies and dramas to take advantage of the promotional heft of the Winter Olympics and devise two schedules for the upcoming season: one for fall and a slightly different one for midseason,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “This is the most robust and highest-testing slate of new shows we have had in years.”

It will use “The Voice” on Monday to launch “The Blacklist” (pictured above), a twisty crime thriller starring James Spader set to debut at 10 p.m., while the popular “Voice” shifts to 9 p.m. Tuesday to help support Dick Wolf-produced “Chicago Fire,” which moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

After the network’s telecast of the Winter Olympics, NBC will move “The Voice” back to 8p.m. on Tuesday and use it to launch two new comedies, “About a Boy” at 9 p.m. and “The Family Guide” at 9:30 p.m.  “Landing more comedy on the schedule is important and using ‘The Voice’ as a lead-in after the Olympics is the strongest way to do that,” Greenblatt said.

“Revolution” kicks off Wednesdays at 8 p.m, followed by “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m. and a revival of detective drama “Ironside” at 10 p.m.

The three new comedies – “Welcome to the Family” at 8:30 p.m., “Sean Saves The World” at 9 p.m. and “The Michael J. Fox Show” at 9:30 p.m. – follow the return of “Parks & Recreation” at 8 p.m.. “Parenthood,” as mentioned previously, anchors the 10 p.m. alot

NBC will keep “Dateline” at 8 p.m. Friday and “Grimm” at 9 p.m., with a new drama, “Dracula,” set to air that night at 10 p.m. In mid-season, NBC will launch pirate drama “Crossbones”  at 10 p.m

Saturdays will be devoted to encores, with drama repeats set for 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and rebroadcasts of “Saturday Night Live” scheduled for 10 p.m.

Football will anchor Sundays, with “Football Night In America” slated for 7 p.m. and “Sunday NightFootball” slated for 8:15 p.m. In mid-season, NBC will air “Dateline” at 7 p.m., reality skein “The Dream Builders” at 8 p.m. and two new dramas, “Believe” and “Crisis,” slated respectively for 9 p.m. and  10 p.m.

The network said decisions about picking up “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Hannibal” are “to be made in the next few weeks.” Already, NBC has cancelled comedies “Go On,” “Whitney,” “The New Normal,” “Guys With Kids” and “Up All Night.” The network also canceled the dramas “Smash” and “Deception.” A series finale has already broadcast for “30 Rock” while the series finale for “The Office” airs May 16.

The network will have at least three new scripted series in reserve for midseason: comedy “Undateable,” the “Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago PD” and the medical drama “The Night Shift.”

Overall, NBC is going long on comedy again for the fall. Thursday aims for a family-friendly feel with the new Fox and Hayes laffers, capped by “Parenthood” in Thursday 10 p.m. slot that for so many years was home to NBC’s most prestigious dramas. “Parenthood” fits that bill these days.

The Peacock is clearly trying to rebuild its post-football Sunday night lineup. In the past season the night had been a hodgepodge of unscripted fare (“Celebrity Apprentice”) and repeats. This time around, NBC will try two high-concept dramas (“Believe” and “Crisis”) to vie against scripted competish on CBS and ABC. “We think it’s time for big dramas again on Sunday nights,” Greenblatt said.

NBC will finish in third place in the most important ratings category, audiences between 18 and 49, for the season (currently 2.4 rating/7 share) and fourth in total viewers (about 7 million) — down slightly vs. last year’s averages, which were inflated by the Super Bowl.

The schedule is as follows, with new programs listed in CAPS:

MONDAY 8-10 p.m. – “The Voice” 10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY 8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Day and Time) 9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New time) 10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Day and Time)

WEDNESDAY 8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Day and Time) 9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU” 10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY 8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New time) 8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY” 9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD” 9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW” 10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Day and Time)

FRIDAY 8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” 9-10 p.m. – “Grimm” 10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA”

SATURDAY Encore programming

SUNDAY 7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America” 8:15-11:30 p.m. – “NBC Sunday Night Football”


MONDAY 8-10 p.m. – “The Voice” 10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY 8-9 p.m. – “The Voice” 9-9:30 p.m. – “ABOUT A BOY” 9:30-10 p.m. – “THE FAMILY GUIDE” 10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY 8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” 9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU” 10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY 8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” 8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY” 9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD” 9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW” 10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

FRIDAY 8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” 9-10 p.m. – “Grimm” 10-11 p.m. – “CROSSBONES”

SATURDAY 8-10 p.m. – Encore and specials programming 10-11 p.m. – “Saturday Night Live” (Encore)

SUNDAY 7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” 8-9 p.m. – “AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS” 9-10 p.m. – “BELIEVE” 10-11 p.m. – “CRISIS”

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  1. Neil says:

    How about 5 more cop shows on the streets of Manhattan.
    Or a comedy – your choice waitresses, the humor of the obese or gay theme and of course canned laughter

  2. George Valentin says:

    NBC should bring back LAUGH-IN.

  3. Loni Reeder says:

    NBC lacks the commitment and foresight to stand behind decent programming. Whomever is in charge now should be relieved of their position(s). Both SMASH and GO ON were good shows, but were never fully supported by the network. ‘Bad ratings’ were claimed as the reason, yet a little show called SEINFELD had horrible ratings in its debut years, but NBC made a commitment to the property to allow it to develop an audience. Success ensued. Yes… I’m sure the network is going to have TONS of success with a show called ‘Dracula’ (… in the words of FRIENDS’s Chandler Bing… “NOT!”)

  4. Thought I saw that Community was renewed for a half season. Where do they fit into the schedule?

  5. Neil says:

    Frankly the networks need new shows and will lose viewers because of the current programming schedules . It’s year round now – they need series that reflect that reality

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