NBC will pump up its premiere week with hourlong episodes of “Friends” and “Frasier” as the net sticks to a mostly traditional fall rollout.
Net has started production of some of its new laffers earlier than usual, leading to industry speculation that NBC may choose to launch some comedies before the start of the season. But Peacock execs today are likely to announce that most of its skeins will bow during the first week of the new season, which starts Sept. 22.
To make room for the expanded “Friends” and “Frasier” segs, however, NBC will delay the season premieres of “Scrubs” and “Good Morning, Miami” for a week. New Monday drama “Las Vegas” is also expected to launch a week later, on Sept. 29.
Of course, nothing’s set in stone when it comes to premiere dates. With the four-net race as tight as it is, webheads haven’t been shy about changing their minds, which is why some insiders still believe NBC could end up debuting some of its Tuesday come-dies a week or two before the official start of the fall. That would allow them to get sampled before the onslaught of fall pre-mieres — a strategy that worked well for ABC last year.