NBC | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

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!

 

RENEWED

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

ORDERED

NEW AMSTERDAM | THE GILDED AGE | THE VILLAGE | THE ENEMY WITHIN | MANIFEST | THE INBETWEEN

CANCELLED

SHADES OF BLUE | TAKEN | THE BRAVE | RISE

GREAT NEWS

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.

 

MONDAY

THE VOICE

THE VOICE

THE ENEMY WITHIN

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.

 

TUESDAY

THE VOICE

THIS IS US

NEW AMSTERDAM

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…

 

WEDNESDAY

WILL & GRACE / ABBY’S

LAW & ORDER: SVU

CHICAGO PD

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!

 

THURSDAY

SUPERSTORE / THE GOOD PLACE

CHICAGO FIRE

CHICAGO MED

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.

 

FRIDAY

THE BLACKLIST

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS

DATELINE

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.

 

SUNDAY

 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

 

 

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

8 comments

  1. Ann says:

    NBC will put New Amesterdam on Monday at 10. ABC will put the Rookie there. The Good Doctor will go to Sunday at 8pm. I am not saying these are good choices but they are likely to happen.

  2. Is it really completely unthinkable that NBC could put a medical show opposite The Good Doctor? It would be kind of fun to see!

    I’ll be surprised if The Village doesn’t get the Tuesday 10 slot.

    Wow, I totally forgot about Midnight, Texas!

    In spite of your review, I’m still looking forward to Manifest, and hoping to see it in the fall. Though only time will tell if it can avoid being the next The Event or The Crossing.

  3. Sam says:

    Most of that schedule looks good.
    Wed. The night will probably remain intact. I don’t think NBC will try comedies there again. They’ve failed miserably in recent times. And esp not the high profile Will & Grace.

    Thursday: Brooklyn99 will probably replace The Good Place come midseason. Will & Grace stays put and leads out to Abby’s. Some Chicago show will be at 10.

    Fr. That show they picked up that sounds like Ghost Whisperer/Medium will head there with Midnight Texas. Or Blindspot stays.

    Sundays Midseason could be home to Blindspot

    • Sam says:

      Oh, and i expect CBS to move MOM to Mondays at 9 (for what will probably be the final season) to try get some traction there.

      • Lulla says:

        if it’s the final season, not sure moving it there will help monday that much… (not for long at least)

        • Sam says:

          MOM would help launch a new comedy Mondays at 9:30 and a new drama at 10. The current 8-9pm comedies are rather weak.
          Life in Pieces would probably stay put with a new comedy Thursdays at 9 out of Young Sheldon. Remember CBS rarely makes very many changes at once.

    • Lulla says:

      Thought about it for The Inbetween on friday, but I feel like it will go wherever there’s a slot for it. Not a priority.

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