NBC is making a dramatic change to its midseason schedule. The net will launch a Thursday drama block, with “The Blacklist” anchoring the night in its new 9 p.m. slot beginning on Feb. 5, after an airing following the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.
“The Blacklist” will serve as a lead-in for new spy drama “Allegiance,” which will air at 10 p.m. starting on Feb. 5, with eight-episode event series “The Slap” taking the 8 p.m. slot beginning Feb. 12.
“The Super Bowl gives us a great opportunity on a promotional level to reset the table for midseason,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “‘The Blacklist,’ which will premiere with a new episode on Super Bowl Sunday and then move to Thursday nights later that week, is a big priority. That will give us the chance to create a first-class night of drama with the addition of both ‘Allegiance’ at 10 p.m. and our 8 p.m. event series ‘The Slap,’ which has an incredible cast and is a terrific way to start the night.”
Dramas “A.D.” and “Odyssey” will bow on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively.
Added NBC president Jennifer Salke, “On the comedy front, we have two strong multicam series with blue-chip producers that we are going to put behind ‘The Voice’ on Tuesdays in March — Bill Lawrence’s ‘Undateable,’ which was a nice success for us, and Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘One Big Happy.’”
“Undateable” will air at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 17, leading into the premiere of “One Big Happy” at 9:30.