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NBC’s fall lineup no longer objects to comedy on Thursdays

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in The Good Place
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in The Good Place

Today, May 16, marks the beginning of broadcast television upfront presentations, an annual ritual in which NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, The CW, and their associated corporate cousins unveil their new primetime lineups to prospective advertisers, giving those businesses the chance to get in on the ground floor of subsidizing programs that might not live through the winter. (The whole arrangement is explained quite succinctly here.) As the first network to present, NBC released its fall schedule to the press over the weekend, making sure survivors of the preceding days’ broadcast bloodbath wouldn’t go more than 48 hours without hearing phrases like “the No. 1 new show in 18 to 49.”


The show in question, Blindspot, will move to Wednesdays this fall, bestowing its spot in The Voice’s ratings-making wake to sci-fi freshman series Timeless. Due to the continued popularity of tattooed amnesiacs, spinning chairs, James Spader’s hat, Dick Wolf’s ever-expanding Chicago empire, and professional American football, the lineup projects an air of stability that just might make you forget that Superstore and The Good Place are sitting where Heroes Reborn went last year. But it’ll also make you think that NBC is once more open to the idea of peacocking comedy on Thursday nights, with the likes of the Tina Fey-and-Robert-Carlock-produced Great News and the DC-adjacent workplace sitcom Powerless on hold for midseason. Or earlier: As the old network tagline goes, “Depends on what fails.”

The complete NBC fall lineup follows. All times Eastern; new shows in bold.

8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: Timeless

8 p.m.: The Voice
9 p.m.: This Is Us
10 p.m.: Chicago Fire

8 p.m.: Blindspot
9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m.: Chicago P.D.

8 p.m.: Superstore
8:30 p.m.: The Good Place
9 p.m.: Chicago Med
10 p.m.: The Blacklist

8 p.m.: Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon
9 p.m.: Grimm
10 p.m.: Dateline NBC

8 p.m.: Saturday Dateline Mysteries
10 p.m.: Saturday Night Live (encores)

7 p.m.: Football Night In America
8:20 p.m.: NBC’S Sunday Night Football