This year NBC has to share its two hours of Radio City Music Hall time with the other networks of NBCUniversal, including E!, Bravo, USA, Syfy, Telemundo, etc. Let’s see how many times the networks of NBCU mention the Summer Olympics in Rio.
In NBC’s headlines, Erik Kripke and Shawn Ryan’s hot new time-travel drama series Timeless landed the Monday 10 PM slot behind The Voice, while Blindspot is being transplanted to Wednesdays at 8 PM. Only three new series and four moved returning shows on the fall schedule at the network which is “dancing a jig,” says Entertainment Group chief Bob Greenblatt. That’s because “for the first time in a long time we’re not running around throwing shows against the wall and hoping for the best.”
Dick Wolf has expanded his Chicago franchise to four series with new Chicago Justice. He also has Law & Order: SVU for a quintet of dramas on NBC. NBC taking a step toward bringing comedy back to Thursday nights, moving Superstore to pair it with after-life comedy The Good Place. Meanwhile, The Celebrity Apprentice – now called The New Celebrity Apprentice and starring former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger instead of aspiring politician Donald Trump – will not launch until after the presidential election, which keeps it from getting compared to, or trampled by, Trump’s Amazing White House Race.