Past NBC schedule analysis: 2014 2013 2012 2011
8:00 The Voice (9th Edition)
8:00 The Voice (9th Edition)
10:00 BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS/Chicago Fire (4th Season)
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura (2nd Season)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (17th Season)
10:00 Chicago PD (3rd Season)
8:00 HEROES: REBORN
9:00 The Blacklist (3rd Season)
10:00 THE PLAYER
8:00 Undateable (3rd Season)
8:30 PEOPLE ARE TALKING
9:00 Grimm (5th Season)
10:00 Dateline NBC (25th Season)
8:00 Dateline NBC Encores
10:00 Saturday Night Live Classic Encores
Saturdays will stay the same as the SNL encores at 10pm have done decently.
7:00 Football Night in America (10th Season)
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Football will of course return to Sundays for NBC's 10th year with Sunday Night Football. For the first time in awhile, NBC has not announced any plans for midseason Sundays and that's probably a good ideas as they'll need to see where they are.
MIDSEASON: CHICAGO MED, COACH, CROWDED, EMERALD CITY, HOT & BOTHERED, GAME OF SILENCE, LITTLE BIG SHOT, SHADES OF BLUE, SUPERSTORE, YOU, ME, AND THE END OF THE WORLD, YOU THE JURY, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, The Night Shift, The Sing-Off
NBC has a whopping 15 shows on deck for some point during the season. It seems likely that at least a few will have to wait until summer but the biggest priorities for midseason are probably Chicago Med, Coach, Hot & Bothered, and Shades of Blue. Little Big Shot and You the Jury are unscripted so they can fill in anywhere. Game of Silence seems to me like it might be the one that gets held to summer while The Night Shift may return there as well. You, Me, and the End of the World is a surprise addition as its jointly produced with Britain. It wasn't announced before today but has an all-star cast of Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally among others. Emerald City has been surprisingly quiet yet again after getting cancelled before airing once already.
CANCELLED/ENDED: A to Z, About a Boy, Allegiance, American Odyssey, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, The Slap, State of Affairs
Technically American Odyssey hasn't been cancelled but there's no way its coming back so I'm including it here. Look at how many first year shows are on this list. NBC needs that to not happen again.
TBD: A.D. The Bible Continues
I tend to think A.D. The Bible Continues will get cancelled too but it hasn't been officially decided by NBC and it does have a chance to come back though with so much in the hopper, I don't really see the need.
TO SUM UP
NBC is making some gutsy moves and they need to after their entire new class imploded this year. They did the right thing on Mondays and they did the best they could on Thursdays. I'm OK with the plan for Wednesday for now while Fridays are interesting. Tuesdays seems like a bit of a mess with even less flow than other years. And why save Chicago Fire, one of their most consistent and solid shows, until November? Almost anything else would have made more sense. What it all comes down to for NBC, however, is finding some new shows that work. If they can't do that, it'll get even more dire for the peacock network. I think they put their shows in a better slot to succeed but I'm not overly impressed by the trailers. The best thing NBC has going for it is so much on deck so they can keep throwing things on the schedule and hope something sticks.