The Death Of The Comedy Block: NBC Announces Fall Prime Time Schedule
The network faces major changes this year.
NBC just unveiled it’s fall TV schedule, announcing a big change. The network is scaling back its long-running Thursday comedy. Instead, the network is putting all its chips (or most of them anyway) on its breakout hit The Blacklist. The drama will premiere in the advertiser-friendly post-Super Bowl slot next season and then move to 9PM on Thursday.
James Spader stars in The Blacklist.
The network is completely revamping the rest of its weekly lineup as well, with seven new comedies and dramas and two miniseries premiering in the 2014/2015 season. Stand-out dramas include the return of former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl to prime-time in the thriller State of Affairs (which will receive the coveted post-The Voice slot on Monday nights beginning Nov. 17) and supernatural DC Comics thriller Constantine (filling Friday night along with Grimm). Marry Me, a new comedy by Happy Endings creator David Caspe, will get a boost from The Voice on Tuesdays, while Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars The Office‘s Ellie Kemper, will debut in midseason. In addition, there’s NBC’s event series, which includes its Heroes reboot Heroes: Reborn and Mark Burnett’s follow-up to hisThe Bible miniseries, A.D.
Matt Ryan stars in Constantine.
Fan favorite Parks & Recreation has not been given a time slot yet, despite the network confirming its return. This means that the show will probably return mid-season for its final run, marking the end of NBC’s age-old commitment to the comedy block
“There is unprecedented enthusiasm that our turnaround will continue in a big way,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment for TV Guide. “As we aggressively schedule on a year-round basis, our goal remains to provide an exciting and vital line-up of unprecedented original programming.”
Said programming is largely drama-oriented this year, Salke confirmed.
Parks & Rec is on for one final season, as a reminder of the good old days.