NBC sets (mostly) strike-resistant schedule for Fall 2023
NBC is adding three new scripted series to its primetime lineup for the start of the 2023-24 season — and since all three began production well before the writers went on strike, they’ll be ready to go right away, even if writers (or other unions) ) is still on strike.
The network has done a significant amount of strike resistance for its fall slate so that six of its seven nights will feature original programming, even if the Writers Guild of America strike delays the usual summer start of production on recurring shows. NBC’s new series – dramas Found it And The irrational and comedy Extended family – were all picked up outside of the traditional development cycle and thus filmed several episodes each before the writers hit on May 1. (Found it was originally scheduled to premiere in February before being pushed back to the fall.) Unscripted Shows The voice And The wall and sports on Saturday and Sunday evenings also help fill the schedule.
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“We’re pretty good with our schedule, as we’ve moved to a year-round development and production cycle in recent years. We’ve already produced episodes for many of the shows we’ve announced for the fall,” said Jeff Bader, president of entertainment program planning strategy at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to the three newcomers, Night court And Quantum Leap — both of which scored early renewals — remained in production after wrapping up their first seasons, and will have new episodes ready for the fall, Bader said.
The only exceptions to that on the fall list are the five Dick Wolf-produced dramas on the fall list: the three Chicago shows, which continue on Wednesday nights, and the Law & Order/L&O: SVU block on Thursday. Law & Order: Organized Crime is for later in the season and will run for 13 episodes, up from 22 for each of the past two seasons.
Should a prolonged strike delay the start of those series, Bader said NBC could move some midseason programming, including dramas Magnum PI And La Bree and game show Weakest link – in the fall. magnum And Weakest link both have the second half of 20 episode orders ready, and La Bree remained in production after the second season ended.
The Missing Drama Found itby All American showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, will follow SVU on Thursday evenings in the fall. It stars Shanola Hampton (Shameless) as a public relations specialist – who was once missing himself – who leads a team that makes sure someone is always looking for forgotten missing persons.
The irrationalstarring Jesse L. Martin, follows The voice on Monday night. Extended familystarring Jon Cryer and Abigail Spencer, follows Night court on Tuesday evening, with The voice and season two of Quantum Leap finish the night. Wednesday remains home to the three Chicago dramas. Game show The wall will lead in Date line on Fridays. NBC will also have a weekly series of Big Ten or Notre Dame football games on Saturdays (which will also be streamed live on Peacock) and Sunday night football to end the week.
Together with L&O: organized crimethe just renewed Lopez vs Lopez, La Brea, Magnum P.I and Canadian imports Transplantation are also scheduled for later in the season, along with a second season of password and a new iteration of the America’s Got Talent franchise (again, pending how industry labor actions play out). New shows for mid-season and summer 2024 are Deal or no deal island – a twist on the game show that adds a touch Survivor – and natural history series Americaproduced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit (Planet Earth, blue planet) and narrated by Tom Hanks.
NBC has yet to make a decision on renewals for three comedies — American Car, Big Crew And Young Rock – and its four pilots, comedies Not bad twins And St Denis Medical and dramas Wolf and an untitled murder mystery show from Good girls EPs Jenna Bans and Bill Krebs and starring Retta.
NBC’s fall schedule is below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise noted, and new ranges are in italics.
8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: The irrational
8 p.m.: Night court
8:30 in the evening: Extended family
9 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: Quantum Leap
8 p.m.: Chicago Med
9 p.m.: Chicago Fire
10 p.m.: Chicago Police Department
8 p.m.: Law & Order
9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m.: Found it
8 p.m.: The Wall
9 p.m.: date line
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT: Big Ten Saturday Night/Notre Dame Football
7 p.m.: Football Night in America
8:20 p.m.: Sunday evening football
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