NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates, Changes Timeslot For Neil Patrick Harris Show

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NBC will spread out the premieres of its fall shows, it announced Monday, with about half of its lineup debuting during premiere week. And in a change from previously announced, the Neil Patrick Harris show “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” is getting a new regular timeslot.

The Peacock’s fall begins as usual with the NFL’s annual kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 10, this year pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the New England Patriots. The official “Sunday Night Football” premiere is a few days later (Sept. 13) when the Dallas Cowboys play host to the New York Giants.

Those two games will help promote the Sept. 15 premiere of “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris.” The new variety show will premiere following the two-hour season finale of summer hit “America’s Got Talent” and will also be the beneficiary of a two-hour lead-in from “The Voice” the following week.

In a change from the schedule announced at NBC’s May upfront presentation, though, “Best Time Ever” will then slide down to 8 p.m., its new regular timeslot, on Sept. 29. It will be followed that week and the next (Oct. 6) by two-hour installments of “The Voice.” “Chicago Fire” makes its season premiere on Oct. 13 at 10, and “Chicago Med” joins the night starting Nov. 10 with a special 10 p.m. premiere. The regular lineup, taking effect on Nov. 17, will have “The Voice” at 8 p.m., followed by “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire.”

“The Voice,” with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, makes its Monday debut on Sept. 21, the opening night of the television season, and will lead into new Greg Berlanti-produced drama “Blindspot” (pictured).

Most of NBC’s Wednesday lineup debuts on Sept. 23, with sophomore “The Mysteries of Laura” leading into a two-hour season premiere of “Law & Order: SVU.” “Chicago PD” bows in its familiar 10 p.m. timeslot a week later when its competition will include the series premiere of CBS medical drama “Code Black.”

The complete Thursday drama lineup of “Heroes Reborn,” “The Blacklist” and newcomer “The Player,” starring Wesley Snipes, bows Sept. 24 — directly opposite ABC’s own drama launches of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Friday comedy “Undateable” bows with an hourlong episode on Oct. 9, and the new “People Are Talking” will bow at 8:30 p.m. the following week.

NBC’s FALL PREMIERE DATES

Sunday, Sept. 13
8:30-11:30 (ET) — SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Pittsburgh at New England)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10-11 — BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10 — THE VOICE
10-11 — BLINDSPOT

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8-9 — THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
9-11 — LAW & ORDER: SVU

Thursday, Sept. 24
8-9 — HEROES REBORN
9-10 — THE BLACKLIST
10-11 — THE PLAYER

Tuesday, Sept. 29
8-9 — BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (regular timeslot)

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11 — CHICAGO P.D.

Friday, Oct. 9
8-9 — UNDATEABLE

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11 — CHICAGO FIRE

Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9 — PEOPLE ARE TALKING

Friday, Oct 30
9-10 — GRIMM

Tuesday, Nov. 10
10-11 — CHICAGO MED

 

 

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  1. Scott Gilbert says:

    October 30th for Grimm? October 30th? Really?

  2. Don Lindsay says:

    I never watch known sexual deviates

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