8:00 - The Voice
10:00 - Blindspot (NEW)
Even though The Voice is the best lead-in NBC can give to a show, they have had little-to-no success moving successful shows in the Monday 10:00 timeslot to other places on the schedule. Revolution bombed in its second season after a strong start, State of Affairs never really even got off the ground, and now The Blacklist is lower rated than Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. after moving to Thursdays. So while this shows a vote of confidence in Blindspot, it doesn't bode well for its future.
8:00 - The Voice
9:00 - Heartbreaker (NEW)
10:00 - Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (NEW)
10:00 - Chicago Fire (beginning in November)
I'm not surprised NBC axed the Tuesday comedies, but I am surprised they're putting Heartbreaker in the 9:00 timeslot. If they're going to put a medical drama there, why not the Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago Med? I completely forgot about Neil Patrick Harris's variety show, which preempts Chicago Fire until sweeps, but this is as good a place as any to put an experimental series like that, considering how weak all the networks have been on Tuesday nights.
8:00 - The Mysteries of Laura
9:00 - Law & Order: SVU
10:00 - Chicago P.D.
Shockingly, there's not a single change to the Wednesday night line-up. Perhaps NBC assumed Fox would try to get Empire back on the air for the fall and didn't want to risk throwing a new show up against it? Wednesdays are relatively stable for NBC, even though Laura is very low-rated, so I suppose NBC is focusing on building up other nights.
8:00 - Heroes: Reborn (NEW)
9:00 - The Blacklist
10:00 - The Player (NEW)
So despite their all-drama Thursdays not exactly panning out this spring, NBC is trying again in the fall. I don't exactly agree with the decision for the Heroes reboot to kick off the night, especially since it will be going head-to-head with Thursday Night Football (and is similarly male-skewing), but what do I know? It's at least higher profile than The Slap was this season. I'm nervous for The Player, since The Blacklist is at crazy lows right now (and it will likely be facing ABC's highly rated How to Get Away with Murder).
8:00 - Undateable (New Timeslot)
8:30 - People Are Talking (NEW)
9:00 - Grimm
10:00 - Dateline
Fridays used to be a haven for sitcoms, and this is a decent experiment for NBC. Tuesdays didn't work out very well, and Thursdays aren't really an option for them right now (though they could conceivably try Thursday comedies again at midseason when the Coach revival debuts, possibly with the Eva Longoria vehicle Hot & Bothered). So Fridays are a low-key, low-stress way to try something new. It will be an interesting battle if ABC keeps their multi-camera block in the same timeslot. Undateable was a good choice to try this with, especially since the third season will be all live episodes, a much cheaper option than traditionally-produced episodes. It'll keep costs down to increase the potential for success. And maybe Grimm can climb a bit if it gets a decent lead-in.
Sunday Night Football
On tap for midseason, NBC has a handful of new comedies in Coach, Hot & Bothered (formerly Telenovela), Crowded, and Superstore. New dramas coming midseason include Chicago Med, Game of Silence, Emerald City (which was, oddly, not part of the announcement), Shades of Blue, and You, Me and the End of the World (formerly Apocalypse), as well as miniseries The Reaper. Shows returning at midseason include The Celebrity Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, and The Night Shift. NBC also announced the first in a series of films to be produced by Dolly Parton, titled Coat of Many Colors. Hopefully they can figure out a way to successfully program their Sunday nights post-football that doesn't involve a bunch of dramas destined for the trash heap (maybe Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, would be a good place to start there).
This is a frustratingly stagnant schedule. The only returning show moved around the schedule is Undateable, with the low-rated Wednesday night lineup still in tact and The Blacklist still on Thursdays at 9:00 despite hitting lows I would never have predicted it would hit this early in its run. I think the Thursday lineup, in general, is destined to crash and burn, unless some truly heavy promotion for Heroes: Reborn can breathe life into everything... but considering how low the show was when it went off the air five years ago, coupled with its direct competition in Thursday Night Football (and likely The Big Bang Theory come October when the Thursday night games are over), I'm not exactly optimistic. But I've been wrong before and could easily be wrong again.
Read descriptions of all the new shows after the jump.
Coach - Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood) reprises the iconic role that earned
him an Emmy in this follow-up to the beloved series that ran for nine
seasons. With original creator Barry Kemp at the helm, Hayden Fox’s
story picks up 18 years later when the retired coach gets back in the
game to assist his son, who was just hired as head coach at an Ivy
League university in Pennsylvania… where they know nothing about sports.
Between dealing with the eggheads on campus and his hostile
daughter-in-law at home, Coach will soon learn that he’s not in
Minnesota anymore. Talk about a Hail Mary! Barry Kemp serves as writer and executive producer. Craig T. Nelson
also executive produces.
Crowded - No more sex, booze, and paying the bills naked. After 20 years of
parenting, empty nesters Mike (Patrick Warburton, Seinfeld) and
Martina (Carrie Preston, True Blood) are finally reclaiming their wild
side. Yet when their two grown daughters both unexpectedly move back
in, and Mike’s parents scratch their plans to spend their golden years
in Florida, their roost is full again. From executive producer Sean
Hayes, this new (and very timely) family comedy proves that life is
crazy with a full house, especially the second time around. The cast includes Patrick Warburton, Carrie Preston, Stacy Keach, Carlease Burke, Mia Serafino and Miranda Cosgrove. Suzanne Martin serves as writer and executive producer. Sean Hayes
and Todd Milliner also executive produce. James Burrows will direct.
Hot & Bothered - If you think the steamy sex, sensational scandals and wrenching
heartbreak on Latino soap operas are a little extreme, just wait until
you see what happens behind the scenes. Eva Longoria (Desperate
Housewives) stars in this new comedy about Ana Sofia, a sizzling TV
superstar and her lively family of cast and crew all competing to steal
the spotlight. When the cameras turn off, the drama turns up as Ana
battles pesky network execs, drunken script writers, narcissistic
co-stars, and an unfortunately familiar new onscreen love interest.
The cast includes Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria Riva, Jose Moreno
Brooks, Alex Meneses, Amaury Nolasco, Jadyn Maria and Izzy Diaz.
Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein serve as writers and executive
producers. Eva Longoria, Ben Spector, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener also
People Are Talking - If you can think it, they will say it. From producer Will Packer
(Ride Along) and director Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) comes
this unabashed new comedy about two diverse couples who are both
neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they
can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything. From topics like sex
and race, to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a
porn star, nothing is out of bounds for this wildly outspoken foursome. The cast includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb. DJ Nash serves as writer and executive producer. Will Packer and director Pam Fryman (pilot) also executive produce.
Superstore - America Ferrara (Ugly Betty) and Ben Feldman (Mad Men, A to Z)
star in a hilarious workplace comedy (from the producer of The Office)
about a unique family of employees at a super-sized megastore. From the
bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless summer
hires and in-it-for-life managers, together they hilariously tackle the
day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and
nap-worthy training sessions. The cast includes Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos. Justin Spitzer serves as writer and executive producer. David Bernad and director Ruben Fleischer also executive produce.
Blindspot - From executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, The
Mysteries of Laura) comes Blindspot: A vast international plot
explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious,
intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of
who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is
impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across
her back. “Jane,” Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize
that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to
the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey
Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach and Ashley
Johnson. Martin Gero serves as writer and executive producer. Greg Berlanti,
Sarah Schechter and director Mark Pellington also executive produce.
Chicago Med - Executive producer Dick Wolf delivers the newest installment of the
compelling Chicago franchise, an emotional thrill ride through the
day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the
courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique
new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in
the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it
all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will
intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas serve as
writers and executive producers. Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and
director Joe Chappelle (pilot) also executive produce.
Game of Silence - Carol Mendelsohn, executive producer and veteran of the CSI
phenomenon, and David Hudgins (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights)
present a gripping new drama about a successful Atlanta attorney (David
Lyons, Revolution) whose long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly
reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried
resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their
shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and
quench their thirst for revenge. The cast includes David Lyons, Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate,
Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse and Claire
Van Der Boom. David Hudgins serves as writer and executive producer. Carol
Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and director Niels Arden Oplev also executive
Heartbreaker - Based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, this
unique character-driven medical drama follows Dr. Alex Panttiere
(Melissa George, The Slap), an outspoken world-renowned
heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. Stubborn
and fearless, Alex always operates on her own terms. She revels in a
racy personal life that’s a full-time job in itself, manages the daily
demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the
boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights. The cast includes Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley
Conn, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J. Louis Mills and
Joshua Leonard. Jill Gordon serves as writer and executive producer. Amy Brenneman,
Brad Silberling and director Robbie Duncan McNeill also executive
Heroes: Reborn - From original creator Tim Kring, the supernatural phenomenon begins
again with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate
struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with
nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Epic adventures
await these newly empowered allies as they cross paths with some of the
original characters (such as the beloved “HRG” and fan-favorite
time-traveler Hiro Nakamura), unlocking the mysterious fate of the
universe and their place within it. The cast of Heroes Reborn includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi
Oka, Judith Shekoni, Robbie Kay, Henry Zebrowski, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan
Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Toru Uchikado, Eve Harlow and Gatlin Green. Tim Kring serves as writer and executive producer. Peter Elkoff and James Middleton also executive produce.
The Player - From the executive producers of The Blacklist and starring Wesley
Snipes and Philip Winchester (Strike Back, Fringe) comes an
action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative
turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an
organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some
of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down
from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it
true what they say: The house always wins. The cast also includes Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton. John Rogers serves as writer and executive producer. John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri also executive produce.
Shades of Blue - In a provocative new drama, the iconic Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy
New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a
tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that
she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter.
When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own
“brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty,
honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s
future. The cast also includes Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea De Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca and Sarah Jeffery. Jack Orman and Adi Hasak serve as writers and executive producers.
Jennifer Lopez, Barry Levinson (pilot), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny
Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass also executive produce.
You, Me and the End of the World - In this bold adrenaline-fueled new one-hour comedy drama, the news
that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course with Earth sets in
motion the most hilariously unexpected chain of events imaginable. Set
against the backdrop of apocalyptic chaos and starring Rob Lowe (Parks
and Recreation), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Megan Mullally (Will
& Grace) and Mathew Baynton (Yonderland), the story follows an
eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as
their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways. When we say
eclectic, we mean a rebellious priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a
mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist and an
American five-star general. Some of these misfits are destined to make
it to a bunker deep beneath the English suburbs of Slough and, as a
result, will become the hugely unlikely (and totally unsuitable) future
of mankind. Wouldn’t that be a disaster! The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paterson Joseph, Gaia Scodellaro, Pauline Quirke, Fabian McCallum and Kyle Soller. Executive producers are Juliette Howell, Lynn Horsford, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Cameron Roach, Lizzie Gray and Andrew Conrad.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris - Five Emmy Awards and a Tony Award make multi-talented Neil Patrick
Harris the perfect star for this live one-hour show that is unlike any
other currently on American television. Complete with stunts, skits,
pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited
surprises, this show proves that anything can happen, and it can happen
to you. Based on the wildly popular British hit Ant & Dec’s
Saturday Night Takeaway, the modernized variety show format and its
fearless, multi-talented star will make for one of the best nights ever
TV week after week.
Neil Patrick Harris, Orly Adelson, Siobhan Greene, David A. Hurwitz, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly executive produce.
Coat of Many Colors - Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s
remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us
inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome
devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a
raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Pamela K. Long serves as writer. Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton will executive produce.
The Reaper - Based on the best-selling memoir The Reaper by Nicholas Irving,
this event miniseries recounts the 100-day Afghanistan deployment of
Sgt. Nicholas Irving, nicknamed ‘The Reaper.’ The first African-American
sniper, Irving tallied 33 official kills during this single deployment,
a record that still stands today. The Reaper is a boots-on-the-ground
thrilling and raw account of modern warfare and how it changes, shapes,
and sometimes destroys the people who fight in it. Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer serve as writers and executive
producers. Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein also executive produce.
The Wiz Live! - NBC embarks on its latest musical holiday tradition with a live
television production of the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical
that brought the vivid world of Oz to the streets of New York in a
fresh, funky, sing-a-long journey down the yellow brick road.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan
Live!) serve as executive producers. Kenny Leon will direct with Harvey
Fierstein providing new written material.