As NBC executive indicated at the upfronts, the network is sticking with a traditional fall rollout and not debuting new fall series immediately following its Summer Olympics coverage in August. (NBC will air an original episode of returning comedy Superstore following one night of coverage from the games in Rio.)
As usual, Sunday Night Football will lead the way in early September with a September 8 season premiere that will feature the champion Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl rematch.
Blindspot will kick off its sophomore run on its new night, Wednesday, with a September 14 airing at 10 PM, following the season finale of America’s Got Talent. The thriller drama will move into its challenging new 8 PM berth on the night the following week.
NBC’s only new comedy launching in the fall, Mike Schur’s high-profile The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, will get an hourlong preview with back-to-back episodes behind the season premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 19, before moving to its regular Thursday 8:30 PM slot behind Superstore later that week.
NBC’s hot new drama series Timeless, which is scheduled in the Monday 10 PM time period, is slated to debut October 3 as the network is holding September 26 open for a potential Presidential debate.
The majority of NBC’s fall lineup will premiere during the premiere week of September 19 including buzzy new drama This Is Us, whose trailer has drawn more than 70 million views. It will debut on Tuesday, September 20 at 10 PM following The Voice and will continue in that time period until shifting to its normal 9 PM slot Tuesday, October 11, followed by the season premiere of Chicago Fire.
NBC’s fall premiere schedule follows:
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14
10-11 PM – BLINDSPOT
MONDAY, SEPT. 19
8-10 PM – THE VOICE
10-11 PM – THE GOOD PLACE (preview)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20
8-10 PM – THE VOICE
10-11 PM – THIS IS US
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21
8-9 PM – BLINDSPOT (time period premiere)
9-10 PM – LAW & ORDER: SVU
10-11 PM – CHICAGO P.D.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
8-8:30 PM – SUPERSTORE
8:30-9 PM – THE GOOD PLACE (time period premiere)
9-10 PM – CHICAGO MED
10-11 PM – THE BLACKLIST
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
8-9 PM – CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH NICK CANNON
9-11 PM – DATELINE NBC
MONDAY, OCT. 3
10-11 PM – TIMELESS
TUESDAY, OCT. 11
9-10 PM – THIS IS US (time period premiere)
10-11 PM – CHICAGO FIRE
Launching immediately after the Olympics on August 23 is NBC’s new comedy reality series Better Late Than Ever, which will end its run before the fall season begins.