After a brutal season — saved a bit by the Winter Olympics — NBC’s looking toward summer, scheduling a mix of new and returning series.
Also, the Peacock confirmed that it would air the Primetime Emmy Awards live on both coasts this August.
Net announced that “America’s Got Talent” — now with 100% more Howie Mandel, who replaces David Hasselhoff as a judge — will run for two hours on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. starting June 1.
That puts the show opposite ABC’s major summer franchise, “Wipeout,” which also airs Tuesdays at 8 beginning June 22. The “Got Talent” results show will run on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting June 2.
Peacock’s returning “Last Comic Standing,” now with host Craig Robinson, will bow Monday, June 7 with a two-hour special at 8 p.m.; show moves to its normal 9 p.m. slot the following week.
Other newcomers include the sitcom “100 Questions,” which runs for six weeks on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. starting May 27. (“Parks and Recreation” goes on hiatus during that brief time.)
And the Chris McQuarrie mystery drama “Persons Unknown” runs Mondays at 10 p.m. (against ABC’s “True Beauty”) starting June 7.
Returning skeins include the NBC runs of “Friday Night Lights,” back on April 30, and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” which airs USA repeats on NBC starting Sunday, June 20, at 10 p.m. (with repeats on Saturdays at 8 p.m.).
Walmart/Procter and Gamble timebuy movie “The Jensen Project” will air on Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m., while the Peacock gets ultra-synergistic with the special “The Making of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” on Sunday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Yes, it’s a special about a Universal Parks ride.
NBC still has several programs yet to schedule, including the unscripted entries “Losing It with Jillian Michaels” and “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins.”
As for the Primetime Emmys, the TV Academy/Peacock decision to go live on the West Coast comes after NBC found similar success this January in airing the Golden Globes live throughout the country.
This reps the first time since 1976 that the Emmys will be telecast live on both coasts.