With most television production at a standstill, except for a few isolated cases and those series that film outside of the United States, the traditional Fall season is going to look quite different this year. All of the major networks unveiled what one called 'hopeful' schedules but the reality of the continuing pandemic situation in the US is going to impact what we see in the Fall.
NBC had previously announced a Fall schedule but that has gone by the wayside as the network unveils a new plan to get the 2020-2021 season started as its regular series begin the slow process of returning to production, and dealing with how to film shows with multiple cast members on set at the same time. For now, NBC is planning a rolling launch of shows for the Fall, with some of the regular series premiering in November (again, this is all in pencil at the moment), while the bulk of the shows won't return to the airwaves until 2021. Of NBC's series currently at a standstill, The Blacklist is expected to be the first to resume production in New York. To fill the empty time slots, NBC will roll out its roster of new and returning reality series and game shows, acquired programming, and a remotely produced comedy.
As it stands at this point in time, Canadian medical drama Transplant will fill in for New Amsterdam, while American Ninja Warrior and Ellen's Game of Games will take over for The Voice. A revival of The Weakest Link will fill Manifest's time slot, and remotely produced comedy Connecting... will sub for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. NBC has not found a replacement yet for the new Law & Order spin-off with Christopher Meloni, but the Thursday time slot may be filled with a newsmagazine. All of the series mentioned here won't return until 2021, along with Good Girls, Making It, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Kenan, Mr. Mayor, Young Rock, That’s My Jam, Small Fortune, True Story, and Who Do You Think You Are?
With that, here are the current NBC premiere plans for September, October and November, which should be considered subject to change:
- Transplant (Tuesday, 9/1, 10-11 PM)
- American Ninja Warrior (Monday, 9/7, 8-10 PM)
- NBC Sunday Night Football (Thursday, 9/10 and Sunday, 9/13, 8:20 PM ET)
- Weakest Link (Monday, 9/28, 10-11 PM)
- Dateline NBC (Friday, 9/25, 10-11 PM)
- Connecting … (Thursday, 10/1, 8:30-9 PM)
- Ellen’s Game of Games (Tuesday, 10/6, 8-10 PM, then shifting to 9-10 p.m. on 10/13)
- The Voice (Monday, 10/19, 8-10 PM, Tuesday, 10/20, 8-10 PM then switches to 8-9 PM on 10/27)
- Superstore (Thursday, 10/22, 8-8:30 PM)
- This Is Us (Tuesday, 11/10, 9-11 PM; returns to 9-10 PM on 11/17)
- Chicago Med (Wednesday, 11/11, 8-9 PM)
- Chicago Fire (Wednesday, 11/11, 9-10 PM)
- Chicago P.D. (Wednesday, 11/11, 10-11 PM)
- Law & Order: SVU (Thursday, 11/12, 9-10 PM)
- The Blacklist (Friday, 11/13, 8-9 PM)