“It has begun,” said every television reporter this morning when NBC kicked off a week of official announcements in the annual event known as upfronts, the yearly conference week where networks reveal their falls slates to advertisers. Over the next few days, if you look around Nerdist, you’ll be able to find new trailers for a plethora of series, but what brings us to right now is the schedule itself and where you, you lovely viewer of television, can see all your favorite NBC shows this fall (not including Community; that one has been lifted to the heavenly ethers of syndication).
Currently, the NBC fall schedule plays out as follows:
8/7c: The Voice
10/8c: The Blacklist (State of Affairs beginning Nov. 17)
8/7c: The Voice
9/8c: Marry Me (NEW)
9:30/8:30c: About a Boy
10/9c: Chicago Fire
8/7c: The Mysteries of Laura (NEW)
9/8c: Law & Order: SVU
10/9c: Chicago P.D.
8/7c: The Biggest Loser
9/8c: Bad Judge (NEW)
9:30/8:30c: A to Z (NEW)
8/7c: Dateline NBC
10/9c: Constantine (NEW)
8/7c: Sunday Night Football
When State of Affairs takes over for The Blacklist in November, it will be done to allow a new show to have the post-The Voice slot, which is how NBC has launched its last two highest rated dramas (The Blacklist and Revolution). The James Spader drama will then receive the post-Super Bowl treatment before moving to Thursday in mid-season (more about that in a second).
As this is the final season for Jason Katims’ Parenthood, the series will be running its 13-episode order straight through from September to the end of the year, and will be replaced by new series Allegiance (NBC’s highest scoring drama pilot in testing) in the mid-season.
Speaking of Thursday, the keen observer will notice NBC has cut its Thursday night comedy offerings by 50% heading into next season. This ties back into The Blacklist moving off Mondays. Since NBC wants to move the heavy-hitter drama to that night, it needed to make room, and thus comedy had to be spread thinner within the schedule.
As for all those comedies, some have a place on the schedule right now and some don’t. But fret not: What’s been ordered thus far (Parks & Rec) WILL make an appearance on your television screens, we just don’t know where and when at this point, so don’t set your remotes on fire just yet, people.
Friday has remained relatively untouched, as the Peacock wants to keep with the genre theme on the night with Grimm and new offering Constantine. Here’s hoping the Hellblazer adaptation has better luck in the slot than Dracula did this past season.
The night that’s been left completely unspoken for following the fall is Sunday. While certainly a hard night to compete in for broadcast thanks to basic cable and HBO, NBC showed this season they badly want a series airing on the night. While Believe and Crisis ultimately didn’t succeed, don’t put it past NBC to try another scripted series later in the season. New series that have yet to find a home on NBC’s schedule include Odyssey, Mission Control, One Big Happy, Mr. Robinson, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Emerald City, Aquarius, and Heroes Reborn, all potential Sunday fodder for the network.
It seems NBC is all about schedule re-invention this season. What do you guys think? What are you looking forward to next season? Let us know in the comments.