Those are predictions based on feelings and NBC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Sunday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!
LAW & ORDER: SVU | THE BLACKLIST | CHICAGO FIRE | CHICAGO PD | CHICAGO MED | BLINDSPOT | SHADES OF BLUE | THIS IS US | TAKEN | TIMELESS
SUPERSTORE | THE GOOD PLACE | GREAT NEWS
THE BRAVE | RISE | REVERIE | GOOD GIRLS | LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME
WILL & GRACE | AP BIO | CHAMPIONS
NBC schedule seems to be the easiest to predict with a limited number of new shows ordered and some strong pieces from monday to wednesday that shouldn’t move. But overcrowding -both weakened The Blacklist & Blindspot are renewed for 22-episode season- may lead to strange decisions. Friday seems to be the day where they can get a little more agressive than the past few years. Let’s not forget they’ll have the Superbowl this year and also the Olympics for 2 weeks in february, which are great platforms to promote the new shows coming midseason. Let’s see what they could come up with…
The post-The Voice slot on monday is traditionally used to launch new shows and since Timeless has been cancelled and Taken seems to be a midseason option/filler once again, The Brave (aka For God and Country) looks like the only new show that could appeal to the audience that watched The Blacklist & Blindspot there before (with mixed results). It’s an action-packed thriller, mostly procedural with serialized elements.
While it wouldn’t be crazy to let Chicago Fire stay after This Is Us to keep the strength of the night intact, it’d be a waste not to use NBC’s number one show as a launchpad for a compatible new one. Rise, which is probably NBC’s favorite drama for next season, is the perfect candidate. The musical component might be a turn off for some people but it’s a Jason Katims’ show, meaning it’s all about the characters and the emotion that comes out. Exactly like This Is Us, which is very close to Katim’s Parenthood. A no-brainer.
Chicago Fire is both the strongest and the most family-friendly show of the Chicago franchise. Moving it to the 8pm slot on wednesday would make a lot of sense. NBC even tested it there one time for a big crossover event between the Dick Wolf shows and it did great. Law & Order:SVU met some difficulties this spring with a series of low numbers but it’s a show that always rebounds in the fall and it beat Criminal Minds a few times. Why would they mess with that? Chicago PD is always fine where it is.
The Superstore/The Good Place pairing didn’t do miracles for NBC last fall but it’s safe to assume they were happy enough to repeat it next year. It would lead into the revival of Will & Grace for a 12-episode season, which is a priority for the network. They’re already promoting it heavily… Will it be as huge as they’re hoping for? Probably not. But can it do better than Chicago Med? Probably yes! Since NBC didn’t pick up any multicamera comedy to pair it with, Great News seems to be the best option. It feels like a multicamera as a lot of critics pointed out when it started and it’s a comedy NBC has faith on apparently: they renewed it despite terrible numbers. It’s its only chance to do better. Chicago Med at 10 where ER aired for years doesn’t seem to be far-fetched.
After years of low profile programming on friday, NBC seems to be ready to become a little more agressive. At 9, now that Grimm is gone, The Blacklist could move there and face Hawaii 5-0 on CBS. At 8, NBC could have put Blindspot BUT Law & Order True Crime, the anthology series about the Menendez crimes, is rumored to be on the fall schedule. There’s a chance the Dick Wolf show beats MacGyver, which is not as strong as the eye network wants us to believe by the way. It’s only for 8 weeks so Blindspot can take over later.
REVERIE & SHADES OF BLUE could be paired once Sunday Night Football is done. Two procedurals lead by women back to back.
AP BIO & TRIAL & ERROR (if it’s renewed) could replace Will & Grace & Great News. CHAMPIONS could replace THE GOOD PLACE which is only 13 episodes per season.
GOOD GIRLS could take over This Is Us slot once the 18-episode second season is done.
TAKEN could be used as a filler when The Voice & The Brave are off the air.
TIMELESS is supposed to come back for a 10-episode run in summer 2018.
What do you think? Feel free to comment!