It’s barely June, but NBC on Monday locked in its fall premiere dates, with most of its dramas debuting in premiere week while its comedies wait until October.
As it did a year ago, the network will be relying a lot on music contest “The Voice,” which will air two-hour episodes on both Monday and Tuesday. Also super-sized to start the season are “The Biggest Loser” and “Dateline.”
“Sunday Night Football,” last season’s No. 1-rated primetime program, kicks off its season and NBC’s fall lineup with a special Thursday game on Sept. 4. The NFL’s annual kickoff contest features the Super Bowl champs: The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers. Three nights later, the first Sunday game of the season finds the Denver Broncos hosting the Indianapolis Colts.
Weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” is the only entertainment series that bows before the start of the television season, opens its season with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 11. It will be joined on the night by vet drama “Parenthood” on Sept. 25 as it kicks off its sixth and final season, and then new comedies “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” on Oct. 2. The delay means the laffers figure to miss the season opener of ABC’s “Scandal.”
NBC’s winning Monday night kicks off on Sept. 22, the first night of the television season, with the two-hour season premiere of “The Voice” followed by the second-season premiere of “The Blacklist.” The James Spader drama will be airing in this timeslot for the first two months of the season, with Katherine Heigl-fronted newcomer “State of Affairs” bowing on Nov. 17, as previously announced.
“The Voice,” with new judges Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, is also getting a two-hour premiere on Tuesday night, to be followed at 10 p.m. by the third-season premiere of “Chicago Fire.” New comedy “Marry Me” debuts on Oct. 14, the fourth Tuesday of the season, paired with returnee “About a Boy.”
Wednesday’s drama lineup — newbie “The Mysteries of Laura” and returnees “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD” — launches on Sept. 24.
“Dateline” will do the heavy lifting on Friday for NBC until late October, airing two-hour episodes from 9 to 11 starting Sept. 26. “Grimm” and rookie DC Comics-inspired drama “Constantine” bow on Oct. 24.
NBC FALL PREMIERE DATES
Thursday, Sept. 4
8:00-11:00 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Green Bay at Seattle)
Sunday, Sept. 7
7:00-8:20 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:20-11:30 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Indianapolis at Denver)
Thursday, Sept. 11
8:00-10:00 THE BIGGEST LOSER
Monday, Sept. 22
8:00-10:00 THE VOICE
10:00-11:00 THE BLACKLIST
Tuesday, Sept. 23
8:00-10:00 THE VOICE
10:00-11:00 CHICAGO FIRE
Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:00 THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
9:00-10:00 LAW & ORDER: SVU
10:00-11:00 CHICAGO P.D.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Friday, Sept. 26
9:00-11:00 DATELINE NBC
Thursday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 THE BIGGEST LOSER (TIME PERIOD PREMIERE)
9:00-9:30 BAD JUDGE
9:30-10:00 A TO Z
Tuesday, Oct. 14
8:00-9:00 THE VOICE (TIME PERIOD PREMIERE)
9:00-9:30 MARRY ME
9:30-10:00 ABOUT A BOY
Friday, Oct. 24
8:00-9:00 DATELINE NBC (TIME PERIOD PREMIERE)
Monday, Nov. 17
10:00-11:00 STATE OF AFFAIRS