NBC is the first broadcast network to unveil its schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, and the big news on the returning-show front is the Peacock’s decision to shift breakout hit This Is Us from Tuesdays-at-9 to Thursdays-at-9. In its new slot, it will follow returning Must-See vet Will & Grace (at 8 pm) and the Tina Fey-produced sophomore comedy Great News (at 8:30 pm).
“Our hope is to create the return of Must-See TV on Thursday,” said NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a conference call with reporters on Sunday. “We really wanted to go after Thursday in a big way.” Greenblatt confirms that the actual Must-See branding will return this fall. And as previously reported, Will & Grace‘s episode count has been increased to 12. The exec also revealed that Fey will make several guest appearances on Great News this fall.
Former Thursday staple The Blacklist will move into the Wednesday lead-off position, while Superstore and The Good Place will head to Tuesdays.
lso of note: Blindspot will relocate to Fridays at 8 pm, where it will be paired with second-year drama Taken; and new military drama The Brave has scored the cushy post-Voice perch on Mondays.
Regarding the fate of remaining bubble series Chicago Justice and Trial & Error, Greenblatt said decisions on those will be made in the coming days and (possibly) weeks. Also the buzzy Casey Wilson-Busy Phillips comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters is not dead. Said Greenblatt: “We have’t definitively said no” to picking it up.
On tap for midseason or later: Returning series Chicago Med (airing Thursdays once L&O: True Crime‘s eight-episode run ends), Shades of Blue and Timeless, and the new scripted series RISE, A.P. BIO, GOOD GIRLS, CHAMPIONS and REVERIE.
All told, the NBC schedule looks like this:
8 pm The Voice
10 pm The Brave
8 pm The Voice
9 pm Superstore (new time slot)
9: 30 pm The Good Place (new time slot)
10 pm Chicago Fire
8 pm The Blacklist (new time slot)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Chicago P.D.
8 pm WILL & GRACE
8:30 Great News (new time slot)
9 pm This Is Us (new time slot)
10 pm LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (WATCH TRAILER)
8 pm Blindspot (new time slot)
9 pm Taken (new time slot)
10 pm Dateline
8 pm Dateline Mysteries
10 pm Saturday Night Live (encores)
7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Aquarius, The Blacklist: Redemption, Grimm and Powerless
“Blindspot” has been renewed for Season 3 at NBC, Variety has learned.
The series follows a mysterious woman known only as Jane Doe who is found in Times Square with her memory erased and her body covered in a series of coded tattoos. But as she and the FBI team who discovered her work to decipher the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed.
The drama from Greg Berlanti’s prolific shop at Warner Bros. TV was on the bubble after softening in its second season. NBC and producer Warner Bros. TV were understood to have had a tough negotiation on the license fee for the renewal. The renewal comes as NBC prepares to unveil its 2017-18 schedule to advertisers in New York on Monday.
The series stars Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson, Ukweli Roach, Luke Mitchell, Michelle Hurd and Archie Panjabi. Creator and writer Martin Gero serves as exec producer and showrunner. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jeff F. King are also exec producers.
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