On the heels of a victorious 2016-17 season, NBC has announced a new season lineup that builds upon its remarkable stability while adding a rich variety of new series. The new schedule, which will add five first-year dramas and three new comedies over the course of the 2017-18 season, is anchored by a new powerhouse Thursday lineup that includes the return of one of the most successful comedies in TV history, Will & Grace revival, the highly anticipated second season of the cultural phenomenon This Is Us and Dick Wolf's explosive new true crime event series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.
NBC is poised to win the traditional September-to-May season in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and most other key demographics. This is the third time in four years that NBC has won the coveted 18-49 demo and the first time in five years any network has finished #1 even without a boost from the Super Bowl or an in-season Olympics. NBC is also well positioned to win the full 52-week September-to-September season in 18-49 for a fourth year in a row.
NBC currently leads the season in averages that include all programs, as well as rankings that include entertainment programs only (no sports). NBC's lineup during the successful 2016-17 season has included primetime's #1 and #2 broadcast series in 18-49, Sunday and Thursday NFL football; television's #1 first-year series and #1 broadcast drama, This Is Us; regular Monday and Tuesday wins keyed by The Voice; time-period improvements from four series that aired in new timeslots this season; and timeslot wins in 18-49 or total viewers for each of the "Chicago" dramas. Here's what Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, had to say in his statement.
"Coming off another stabilizing year, which included the launch of one of the great new dramas in a decade, our upcoming fall schedule is both limited in the number of new series and aggressive in rebooting Thursday night. To create another undeniable night of television, we're aligning some of our most potent shows on Thursday in order to bring back 'Must See TV.' We are also strategically deploying strong new shows in choice time periods on other nights and nurturing our growing comedy lineup. To do all that you have to have the goods, and our development teams headed by Presidents Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy once again delivered new scripted and unscripted shows that are among the best on television. From fall to midseason to summer, we will be programming robustly so as to achieve a record amount of original programming all year long. And when you add the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, and the balance of our unprecedented sports franchises, we expect to remain the leading broadcast network by virtually every measure."
Drama highlights of the newly announced fall schedule are The Brave, where a Washington, D.C., team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world; and uberproducer Dick Wolf's Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which stars four-time Emmy Award winner Edie Falco as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, who represented the brothers who killed their wealthy parents in a Beverly Hills mansion.
}New dramas that will launch in midseason are Rise, from Parenthood and Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims, and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Rosie Perez (Oscar nominee) and Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), about a dedicated high school teacher who, when taking over the school's lackluster theater department, galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town; Good Girls, from executive producer Jenna Bans (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), which mixes a little of Thelma & Louise with Breaking Bad, about three best friends who rob a local supermarket to help make ends meet and realize their perfect getaway is anything but; and Reverie, starring Sarah Shahi as a college professor trying to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams.
NBC's growing comedy lineup this fall is highlighted by the return of the beloved Will & Grace, which was previously nominated for 83 Emmy Awards and won 16, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The fearsome foursome - Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally - return in all their glory, as do executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and legendary director James Burrows. NBC's two other new comedy series premiering later this season are A.P. Bio from executive producers Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, which stars Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as an Advanced Placement biology teacher who makes it perfectly clear he will not be teaching any biology and uses his students to his own benefit, and Champions, from Charlie Grandy (The Office) and Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project"), about a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who suddenly finds out he has a teenage son. Here's what Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, had to say in her statement.
"We have very promising new series that will join one of our strongest returning lineups to date. We're proud of our roster of distinctive dramas that includes original concepts such as The Blacklist or Blindspot, not to mention the enduring legacy of Dick Wolf, who will also bring a new true crime series to the network next fall. This Is Us has quickly become a defining moment for the NBC brand, and we look forward to launching bold new series such as The Brave, Rise, Reverie and Good Girls.' Our comedy profile, too, is starting to hit its stride, and we're thrilled to welcome new comedies with sought-after producers such as Mindy Kaling, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers."
Rounding out NBC's robust schedule are alternative series that include The Awesome Show," from executive producers Chris Hardwick (The Wall), Mark Burnett (The Voice) and Silicon Valley's Singularity University, that will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future; Ellen's Game of Games, starring the one and only Ellen DeGeneres and featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from her daytime talk show; Genius Junior, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more; and The Handmade Project, from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Here's what Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, had to say in his statement."With the #1 ratings of The Voice plus consistent Sunday leadership of 'Little Big Shots' along with television's top-rated primetime game show 'The Wall,' NBC remains #1 in alternative programs for a fourth straight season. We look forward to finishing out the broadcast year with the perennial #1 summer series America's Got Talent, last summer's top new broadcast series Better Late Than Never and American Ninja Warrior, which delivered its most-watched season ever. And the alternative momentum continues next year with a slate of inventive new projects from some of the most desirable names in the industry - Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hardwick and Mark Burnett."
Returning shows for the 2017-18 schedule include "The Blacklist," "Blindspot," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Dateline NBC," "The Good Place," "Great News," "Law & Order: SVU," "Little Big Shots," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore," "Taken," "This Is Us," "Timeless," "The Voice" and "The Wall." Here's what Ralph Oakley, President and CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. and Chairperson of the NBC Affiliates Board said in his statement."NBC's primetime schedule once again looks strong and affiliate friendly. We appreciate the consideration given to the late news lead-ins and look forward to another successful season."
NBC FALL 2017-18 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
8-10 P.M. - The Voice
10-11 P.M. - THE BRAVE
8-9 P.M. - The Voice
9-9:30 P.M. - Superstore
9:30-10 P.M. - The Good Place
10-11 P.M. - Chicago Fire
8-9 P.M. - The Blacklist
9-10 P.M. - Law & Order: SVU
10-11 P.M. - Chicago P.D.
8-8:30 P.M. - WILL & GRACE
8:30-9 P.M. - Great News
9-10 P.M. - This Is Us
10-11 P.M. - LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
8-9 P.M. - Blindspot
9-10 P.M. - Taken
10-11 P.M - Dateline NBC
8-10 P.M. - Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 P.M. - Saturday Night Live (encores)
7-8:20 P.M. - Football Night in America
8:20-11 P.M. - NBC Sunday Night Football
NEW DRAMA SERIES
From Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of "Homeland") comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America's elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world's most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world. The cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal. Dean Georgaris will write and executive produce. Brad Anderson will direct and executive produce the pilot. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan also executive produce. "The Brave" is produced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios.
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When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn't take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. From executive producer Jenna Bans ("Scandal") comes this comedy-infused drama that mixes a little "Thelma & Louise" with a bit of "Breaking Bad." The cast includes Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard. Jenna Bans will write and executive produce. Dean Parisot directs and executive produces the pilot. Jeannine Renshaw also executive produces. "Good Girls" is produced by Universal Television.
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"LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS"
Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie"), this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse "Law & Order" franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling. Rene Balcer will write and executive produce. Lesli Linka Glatter will direct and executive produce. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney also executive produce. "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.
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