The NBC 2017 Fall Schedule was released earlier Sunday, and it features some interesting decisions by the network … to put it lightly. Some choices could prove brilliant, but there is one that in particular raises an eyebrow and makes you wonder why in the world the network would want to potentially damage something working very well for them already.
The full schedule is presented bit by bit below, along with some commentary along the way. Remember that all times listed are Eastern standard, and that premiere dates will come later this summer.
Updated May 30: This schedule reflects new changes.
8:00 – The Voice
10:00 – The Brave (new series, watch trailer here)
No shocker here, given that NBC loves to stick new shows after The Voice in order to establish a new audience before moving them. This fall, there will be six different shows on the network that are either currently airing after the show or did so previously.
8:00 – The Voice
9:00 – This Is Us
10:00 – Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders (new)
8:00 – The Blacklist (new time)
9:00 – Law & Order: SVU
10:00 – Chicago PD
Is this a good spot for The Blacklist? It’s the fourth different time for the show since it first premiered, and the big hope is that more viewers could be available than Thursdays at 10:00. However, this is a big risk given that this spot is up against Arrow and Survivor, plus potentially Lethal Weapon if its timeslot remains the same.
8:00 – Superstore
8:30 – The Good Place
9:00 – Will & Grace
9:30 – Great News
10:00 – Chicago Fire
NBC is showing a TON of faith in the Tina Fey-produced Great News, especially given how unproven it by and large is still in the ratings. It’s sandwiched between arguably the two biggest success stories the network could have.
For now, the decision to move This Is Us feels misguided, mostly because the network had a pretty good thing going on Tuesdays and it’s hard to gauge what will happen here. Obviously, the strategy is to bring Must-See TV back.
8:00 – Blindspot (new time)
9:00 – Taken (new time)
10:00 – Dateline
This is another risk in its own right, since you’re hoping that these two crime shows don’t get buried airing against MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 over on CBS. Still, it’s not like NBC had much to lose given that their Fridays were pretty woeful this past season.
Remember, NBC will be airing NFL football for Sunday nights until early March. That night will be programmed more down the road.
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