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 | CHICAGO FIRE | THE BLACKLIST | CHICAGO PD | CHICAGO MED | BLINDSPOT | THIS IS US | MIDNIGHT, TEXAS | GOOD GIRLS
WILL & GRACE | BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | SUPERSTORE | THE GOOD PLACE | A.P. BIO
NEW AMSTERDAM | THE GILDED AGE | THE VILLAGE | THE ENEMY WITHIN | MANIFEST | THE INBETWEEN
SHADES OF BLUE | TAKEN | THE BRAVE | RISE
TO BE DETERMINED
TIMELESS | CHAMPIONS
NBC’s priority next year is to have as many in-house shows working as possible, and that’s what’s their series pick-ups reflect. The president’s job is on the line! Expect them to get the biggest platforms and promotion pushes in order to do just that. Other than that, it will be a lot more difficult season for the peacock network since they won’t be able to rely on the Olympics and the Thursday Night Football (now exclusively on FOX) this time to overperform. Though still very potent, The Voice is fading a bit and is no the longer the beast it once was. Here’s what they could and should do in my humble opinion.
The post-The Voice slot on monday is traditionally used to launch new shows and since The Brave has been cancelled and Good Girls did just enough to get some sort of pity renewal, The Enemy Within looks like the only option 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. And yes, it’s like a female version of The Blacklist, except Red is now a woman (played by Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter). They could also have tried new medical drama New Amsterdam there but ABC’s hit The Good Doctor -if it doesn’t move- prevents them to do so.
Last year, NBC initially wanted to move This Is Us to thursday, a bold but way too risky idea that advertisers didn’t buy into. So they had to put it back on Tuesday and make a lot of other changes in the meantime. I don’t see why they’d try again this year. For the post-This Is Us slot, after the Law & Order True Crime disaster that everybody saw coming except them -unless they were simply forced by Dick Wolf- they’d better stick with what works. Chicago Med could stay and they would be okay but it would be stupid not to use This Is Us to launch something new before the show weakens and it becomes too late for that. Plus, NBC doesn’t seem to have this much love for Chicago Med despite its consistent performances… Trying another medical show is an option and they seem to be high on New Amsterdam, the first new series they picked up, apparently in a heartbeat. You could argue The Village is tailor-made for the slot but I have a feeling NBC will try again to make it This Is Us‘ successor when the season will end instead. And hopefully with a better result than what Rise did…
I know, the scheduling of sitcoms in this 8pm slot is a bit unconventional for NBC, though they already did in the past. BUT the network can only be a bit disappointed by Will & Grace‘s performances as the season progressed. The quality was clearly still there though the excitement of their return wore off. It may very well be because of Mom on CBS, returning after football in the same hour, pumped by its new lead-in Young Sheldon. They probably shared a bit of the same audience. NBC might as well avoid this competition, especially since they comitted to 2 more seasons of Will & Grace. New multicam entry Abby’s, from Mike Schur (Parks and recreation, The Office, The Good Place) is a perfect companion. The rest of the night can stay the same, with Law & Order: SVU entering its 20th season and still doing good business for NBC!
Last year, NBC wanted to get more agressive on thursday but failed when their This Is Us plan was cancelled. But they still have a way to be, and this time it’s going to be less risky but possibly more rewarding! Chicago Fire is doing good business at 10 since it was moved there but it could do better on an earlier timeslot. If NBC wants to go after ABC’s audience, it’s their chance! Putting their firefighter show against ABC’s –Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Station 19– would be smart -and a bit nasty- and the few times it happened this season, they took the upper hand. Station 19 is not strong enough to resist to it, unless ABC does more crossovers with Grey’s Anatomy. Talking about crossovers, if NBC puts Chicago Med behind Chicago Fire, it would help to do a lot more of them. And ultimately, NBC’s night would look way better.
With a last minute renewal for The Blacklist, it’s clear that it should move to a low priority slot where it can die slowly. There’s no need to help it anymore. For friday, NBC has multiple options with their multiple low-rated shows. Since summer ’17 entry Midnight, Texas will return, they’d better not wait any longer to put it back on the air. Giving it the old Grimm timeslot would make sense, as it is their only genre show these days. This second season will likely be limited so Blindspot can come back there midseason.
BLINDSPOT – Friday starting in the winter
GOOD GIRLS – Wild card (sunday could be an option, back monday if The Enemy Within doesn’t stick…)
THE GILDED AGE – The Julian Fellows’ saga sounds very well like a sunday option
THE VILLAGE – Tuesday at 9 midseason
MANIFEST – Wild card (could be sunday, could be summer, could be filler)
THE INBETWEEN – Wild card
AP BIO | BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | I FEEL BAD – Wherever they can fit