Saturday, November 19, 2016

Midseason Schedule 2016-2017: NBC

UPDATED MARCH 1

Monday

8:00 - The New Celebrity Apprentice (Beginning January 2)
8:00 - The Voice (Beginning February 27)
10:00 - Timeless
10:00 - Taken (NEW - Beginning February 27)

While The Voice takes its typical winter break, The Celebrity Apprentice finally returns after taking a year off, and with a new host: Arnold Schwarzenegger. It will air in two-hour blocks through January and February. Timeless, which received an order for three additional episodes, will air the remainder of its first season at the same time. Taken, the new prequel series to the Liam Neeson film franchise, will assume the timeslot for the rest of the season.

Tuesday

8:00 - The Wall (NEW - Beginning January 3)
8:00 - The Voice (Beginning February 28)
9:00 - This Is Us
9:00 - Trial & Error (NEW - Beginning March 14)
9:00 - Great News (NEW - Beginning April 25)
10:00 - Chicago Fire

The new game show The Wall, hosted by @midnight's Chris Hardwick and produced by Lebron James, will bridge cycles of The Voice at 8:00. It will get two special airings before its official timeslot premiere: Monday, December 19 at 10:00 and Monday, January 2 at 10:00. When breakout hit This Is Us completes its first season of 18 episodes, the network will double-pump new comedies in the 9:00 hour. First up is Trial & Error, which will premiere on March 14 at 10:00 with back-to-back episodes before assuming its regular 9:00 timeslot the following week; it will air in two-episode blocks for six weeks, followed by a final airing at 10:00 on April 18. Then the Tina Fey-produced Great News takes over in late April (not a great sign for the newbie) to air back-to-back episodes at the tail-end of the season.

Wednesday

8:00 - Blindspot
9:00 - Law & Order: SVU
10:00 - Chicago P.D.

The Wednesday night lineup remains unchanged.

Thursday

8:00 - Superstore
8:30 - The Good Place
8:30 - Powerless (NEW - Beginning February 2)
9:00 - Chicago Med
10:00 - The Blacklist
10:00 - The Blacklist: Redemption (NEW - Beginning February 23)

The fall lineup returns on January 5, upon the conclusion of NBC's contracted NFL games. The Good Place only has four episodes left to air, so the new DC comics workplace comedy Powerless pairs with Superstore beginning in February. Later in the month, the spin-of The Blacklist: Redemption takes over its parent series' timeslot for eight weeks; The Blacklist returns on April 20.

Friday

8:00 - Grimm (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
8:00 - First Dates (NEW - Beginning April 7)
9:00 - Emerald City (NEW - Beginning January 6)
10:00 - Dateline NBC (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)

Grimm airs its final, shortened season an hour earlier than last season so that it may serve as a lead-in for the limited series Emerald City. Dateline NBC shifts back to 10:00 and is reduced to only one hour, down from two in the fall. Following the Grimm finale, the new Drew Barrymore-narrated documentary series First Dates begins.

Sunday

8:00 - Little Big Shots (Beginning March 5)
9:00 - Chicago Justice (NEW - Beginning March 5)
10:00 - Shades of Blue (New Timeslot - Beginning March 5)

NBC has the Golden Globes on January 8, and there's a lot of specialty programming on Sundays throughout January and February (NFL, Academy Awards, etc), so their new lineup will debut the first Sunday in March. Surprisingly, it's the same one announced at upfronts in May: the return of last year's surprise hit, Little Big Shots; the premiere of the newest Chicago branch, Chicago Justice; and the new home of the Jennifer Lopez drama, Shades of Blue.

Still unscheduled are new drama Midnight, Texas; new multicam sitcom Marlon; and new alternative series First Dates, Law & Order: True Crime, and Little Big Shots: Forever Young. Returning shows still awaiting scheduling include Hollywood Game Night and The Carmichael Show.

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