NBC Announces Fall 2016 Schedule: New Times for ‘Blindspot’, ‘The Blacklist’, More
With network upfronts taking place this week, NBC has decided to get a jump on things by revealing its Fall 2016 schedule. However, it’s kind of a good news/bad news situation. The good news, of course, is that a lot of popular favorites will be returning in their usual time slots. I’m talking shows like The Voice, Law & Order: SVU, Grimm, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., just to name a few. The bad news is that some other favorites will be getting entirely new nights. For instance, Chicago Med moves to Thursdays, while Blindspot is now stuck on Wednesdays. The Blacklist, meanwhile, will stay on Thursday nights, but will instead air at 10:00 PM. Luckily, there are some promising new shows being added to the mix, such as new drama Timeless, from Eric Kripke (Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), racy new Dan Fogelman comedy This Is Us, and Kristen Bell comedy The Good Place.
But even with promising new shows on the horizon, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed to find that NBC is basically holding back all its big guns for midseason. Among the new shows being held for midseason are Taken (a prequel to the films of the same name), Emerald City (the network’s second crack at The Wizard of Oz after last year’s The Wiz Live!), The Blacklist: Redemption (the spinoff centering on Ryan Eggold’s character, Tom Keen), Chicago Justice (a new series set in Dick Wolf’s Chicago family of shows), and Midnight, Texas (based on the novels by True Blood author Charlaine Harris). Also being kept for midseason is the return of Celebrity Apprentice, now with 100% less Donald Trump, and 100% more Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Of course, if you’re looking for positives, you don’t have to look too far. I generally found that one of the big positives of NBC’s new schedule is the sheer amount of live programming on tap for this year. In addition to Hairspray Live! with Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short and Derek Hough, we’ll be getting Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (her sequel to last year’s smash hit Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men Live!, and the usual Christmas At Rockefeller Center special, which features a slew of top-notch musical performers to kick off the holiday season. So while it’s not a knock’em-dead lineup, necessarily, there’s still a lot to like here, in my opinion.
But what does the full schedule look like? Check out the schedule below via the official press release (CAPS denote new series):
NBC Fall 2016 Schedule
8-10 P.M. — “The Voice”
10-11 P.M. — “TIMELESS”
8-9 P.M. — “The Voice”
9-10 P.M. — “THIS IS US”
10-11 P.M. — “Chicago Fire”
8-9 P.M. — “Blindspot”
9-10 P.M. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 P.M. — “Chicago P.D.”
8-8:30 P.M. — “Superstore”
8:30-9 P.M. — “THE GOOD PLACE”
9-10 P.M. — “Chicago Med”
10-11 P.M. — “The Blacklist”
8-9 P.M. — “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon”
9-10 P.M. — “Grimm”
10-11 P.M. — “Dateline NBC”
8-10 P.M. — “Saturday Dateline Mysteries”
10-11 P.M. — “Saturday Night Live (encores)”
7-8:20 P.M. — “Football Night in America”
8:20-11 P.M. — “NBC’s Sunday Night Football”
What do you think of NBC’s Fall 2016 lineup? Sound off in the comments!