NBC has firmed up its schedule for the rest of the broadcast season, setting late winter and spring premiere dates. The slate includes two new series, drama The Enemy Within and The Village, and two returning sophomores that debuted last midseason, comedy A.P. Bio and comedic drama Good Girls. Additionally, NBC has set premiere dates for reality series The Voice and World Of Dance.
Yet to get slotted and likely heading to late spring/summer are new comedy Abby’s and drama InBetween.
While flying largely under the radar, caper Good Girls, starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman, quickly developed a following and has gotten exposure internationally via its deal with Netflix. As NBC announced in May, summer reality series World of Dance, featuring judge and EP Jennifer Lopez, will move in-season with its third season, paired with Good Girls on Sunday. The new female-skewing Sunday lineup will launch March 3, with World of Dance getting a premiere showing Feb. 26 from 9-11 PM following the Tuesday season opener of The Voice.
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Speaking of The Voice, the reality stalwart will take a break on Tuesdays for a few weeks in its upcoming cycle, marking the first time since the singing competition’s first season that it airs only on one night for a portion of its run.
Season 15 of The Voice, featuring new coach John Legend, will launch with a two-night premiere on Monday Feb. 25 (8-10 PM) and Tuesday Feb. 26 (8-9 PM). After one more week of two-night play (March 4 and 5), The Voice will continue airing on Mondays while Ellen’s Game of Games retakes over the Tuesday 8-9 PM hour. The game show, the highest rated new alternative series of last season, returns for its second season in the Tuesday 8 PM berth January 8, taking a break for the two-week two-night run of The Voice, which will resume the regular Monday-Tuesday pattern on April 22-23.
Night 1 of the Voice bow will be followed at 10 PM by the series debut of The Enemy Within, a spy thriller starring Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut, which will succeed Manifest after the serialized airplane drama completes its 18-episode freshman season.
Fellow new NBC drama The Village will premiere Tuesday March 12 at 10 PM. The ensemble drama, set in an apartment building in Brooklyn, will air behind NBC’s flagship drama This Is Us, to which it has been compared, for three weeks, before taking over the Tuesday 9 PM slot on April 2, after This Is Us wraps its 18-episode third season. Freshman medical drama New Amsterdam will return to the Tuesday 10 PM hour.
The bell rings for the second term of A.P. Bio, the school comedy taught by Glenn Howerton with Principal Patton Oswalt, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. It will succeed The Good Place, which produces 13 episodes a season, in NBC’s modified comedy block, which features Superstore at 8 PM, Brooklyn Nine-Nine at 9 PM and Will & Grace at 9:30 PM.
Here are details on NBC’s midseason premieres:
Monday, February 25 (8-10 P.M.) and Tuesday, February 26 (8-9 P.M.) and March 5 (8-9 P.M.); returns Tuesday, April 23 (8-9 P.M.)
The four-time Emmy Award-winning The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s new season. EGOT winner and multi-talented John Legend joins returning superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for season 16. Carson Daly returns as host.
The Voice is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Stijn Bakkers.
The Voice ranks this season as television’s #1 alternative series, with the Monday edition averaging a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall in live plus seven day averages from Nielsen Media Research. Through the season’s opening 12 weeks, the Monday edition of The Voice is undefeated in its timeslot versus regular broadcast competition in the key 18-49 demographic.
THE ENEMY WITHIN
Monday, February 25 (10-11 P.M.)
In this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.
The cast also includes Raza Jaffrey, Kelli Garner, Cassandra Freeman and Noah Mills.
The Enemy Within was created by Ken Woodruff, who executive produces alongside Matt Corman, Chris Ord and Charles Beeson. Mark Pellington directs and executive produces the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces the pilot. The Enemy Within is produced by Universal Television.
WORLD OF DANCE
Tuesday, February 26 (9-11 P.M.); regular timeslot Sunday, March 3 (8-10 P.M.)
The third season of NBC’s hit dance competition series is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Scott Evans. The series will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Executive producers also include Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Tina Nictoera Bachmann, Alex Rudzinski, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
In its second season through summer 2018, World of Dance averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.2 viewers overall in live plus seven day Nielsens. Season 2 of World of Dance won its timeslot 15 of 16 times versus regular competition on the Big 4 networks in live plus same day adult 18-49 ratings. World of Dance generated a strong family audience, ranking as the #4 summer series on the Big 4 networks in kids 2-11.
Sunday, March 3 (10-11 P.M.)
Season two is all about women dealing with the consequences of their criminal behavior. What happens in the wake of the trigger being pulled will have life-changing consequences that ripple through the entire season for Beth, Ruby and Annie.
The cast includes Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Isaiah Stannard and Matthew Lillard.
In its first season Good Girls averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall in live plus seven day ratings from Nielsen Media Research, to improve the time period by +15% versus NBC’s year-earlier results in 18-49. When viewership on linear and non-linear platforms up to 35 days was added, the Good Girls season average in 18-49 increased to a 2.2 rating in 18-49. Good Girls went undefeated in the timeslot in 18-49 versus CBS’ competing drama Scorpion and ABC’s competing rookie drama The Crossing (live plus same day).
Jenna Bans writes and executive produces. Michael Weaver directs and executive produces. Jeannine Renshaw, Mark Wielding and Bill Krebs also executive produce. Good Girls is produced by Universal Television.
Thursday, March 7 (8:30-9 P.M.)
After losing out on a chance to get out of Toledo and into his dream job at a prestigious university in Season 1, disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) remains determined to get out of town and regain prominence in the academic world. To do this, Jack decides to begin work on a book detailing a new philosophical thesis. This thesis will require him to immerse himself in Toledo more than ever before while continuing to enlist the help of his students and friends at Whitlock – including Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt). Jack will also find himself intellectually challenged and charmed by a woman he meets in the last place he’d expect: the payroll department of Whitlock High.
The cast also includes Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique and Paula Pell.
A.P. Bio is written and executive produced by Mike O’Brien. Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Andrew Singer and Lorne Michaels also serve as executive producers. A.P. Bio is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions.
A.P. Bio retained 100% of NBC’s year-earlier results in the timeslot in adults 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0, L+7 versus regular original entertainment programming) and grew by +5% in total viewers (3.123 million vs. 2.985 million). A.P. Bio generated one of the most highly educated audiences among Big 4 primetime shows last season, indexing at a 148 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college to tie for #4 among primetime series on the Big 4 networks.
Tuesday, March 12 (10-11 P.M.);Tuesday, April 2 (9-10 P.M.)
Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.
Mike Daniels will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. The Village is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions..
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