NBC Summer Slate Robust in Original Scripted Series

Six original scripted series, as well as a new original alternative series, will join NBC’s summer line-up, the network announced Wednesday.

The slate is heavy on comedies, with the Amy Poehler-produced “Welcome to Sweden,” which is based on her brother Greg’s real-life experiences as an expat living in the country, family comedy “Working the Engels” and also “Undateable” from Bill Lawrence’s Doozer shingle.

There is also the procedural drama “Taxi Brooklyn,” the John Malkovich-starring period pirate drama “Crossbones” and hospital drama “The Night Shift.” On the reality front, there’s “Food Fight,” which is hosted by Travel Channel favorite Adam Richman.

Premieres for the new seasons of the revamped “Last Comic Standing” (9 p.m. May 22), “America’s Got Talent” (8 p.m. May 27) and “American Ninja Warrior” (9 p.m. May 26) were previously announced.

This scheduling is keeping with what appears to be a trend in network summer slates, as CBS recently announced plans to roll out seven hours of original programming this summer and ABC’s summer schedule has four original dramas. (The only original scripted programming Fox is rolling out are the “24: Live Another Day” event series and “Gang Related”).

SUMMER PREMIERE SCHEDULE:

“The Night Shift”
10 p.m. May 27

“Undateable”
9-10 p.m. May 29 (back-to-back half-hour episodes each week)

“Crossbones”
10 p.m. May 30

“Taxi Brooklyn”
10 p.m. June 25

“Welcome to Sweden”
9 p.m. July 10

“Working the Engels”
9:30 July 10

“Food Fighters”
8 p.m. July 22

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