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NBC Places Chicago Series on Wednesdays, Rescues Brooklyn Nine-Nine


NBC’s fall 2018-19 schedule has all three Chicago-branded shows airing together on Wednesday nights, and Law & Order: SVU returning to a 10 p.m. slot for the first time since its 13th season.

The Voice will continue to lead off Monday nights, serving as a lead-in for the brand-new drama Manifest, from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, in the 10 p.m. hour.

Tuesdays are again led by The Voice. The brand-new medical drama New Amsterdam, starring The Blacklist‘s Ryan Eggold, lands the slot immediately following the hit series This Is Us on Tuesdays.

NBC has set a Dick Wolf drama block on Wednesday nights, with Chicago Med leading into Chicago Fire and followed by Chicago P.D.

Thursdays again have comedy front and center, with the return of Superstore, The Good Place and Will & Grace. Newcomer I Feel Bad, a family comedy from writer/creator Aseem Batra and executive producer Amy Poehler, scores a 9:30 p.m. slot. Law & Order: SVU caps off the night in a new 10 p.m. time slot.

Blindspot continues to anchor Fridays, followed by the sophomore series Midnight, Texas. Dateline NBC is back at 10 p.m.

Saturdays remain dedicated to Dateline Saturday Night Mystery. Sunday Night Football returns to the network, which will broadcast 19 NFL games during the 2018 regular season.

New dramas set to launch in midseason include the spy-hunting thriller The Enemy Within, starring Morris Chestnut (Rosewood), and The InBetween, from executive producer David Heyman. There’s also The Village, written and produced by Mike Daniels. Midseason also features Abby’s, a new comedy from The Good Place executive producer/creator Michael Schur. Also from Schur (executive producer) and creator/executive producer Dan Goor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine will move to NBC for its sixth season (after being canceled by FOX).

The midseason roster also boasts the brand-new, in-season spin-off America’s Got Talent: The Champions, with executive producer and judge Simon Cowell. The show will air on Mondays in January and February between seasons of The Voice. Ellen’s Game of Games will return midseason Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Titan Games—a competition series from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia and producers of American Ninja Warrior—is set for Wednesdays for a limited run at 8 p.m. this winter. The sixth season of The Blacklist premieres in January at 9 p.m. on Fridays, following Blindspot. The third season of Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance moves to Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. post-football in the spring, followed by the returning show Good Girls at 10 p.m.

“Once again, we are coming into the season from a place of strength and stability, which makes us bullish about a scheduling strategy that delivers top-notch original programming not just in the fall, but year round,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “We have a very strong fall schedule, as always, but winter, spring and summer are every bit as important to us, and this year we’re putting our talent and our money where our mouth is. This schedule builds on the type of programming that makes NBC number one year after year: bold, humanistic, compelling dramas; an unmatched collection of the highest-quality unscripted shows for the entire family; and one of the strongest comedy lineups on television that is unique to the legacy of the NBC brand.”

“In the fall, our continued success with The Voice and This Is Us will provide great lead-ins for our strong new dramas, and our two-hour Thursday night comedy block is becoming one of our strongest in years with returning favorites Superstore, The Good Place and Will & Grace, plus a great new family comedy from Aseem Batra and Amy Poehler,” said Jeff Bader, president of program planning, strategy and research at NBC Entertainment. “Our midseason strategy is one of our most aggressive to date, building off A-list talent and brands in the alternative space—including the first-ever in-season run of America’s Got Talent—to anchor a schedule that will buoy sophomore shows like A.P. Bio and Good Girls as well as launch additional shows from our strong crop of pilots.”

“I continue to be proud of the pedigree of talent on both sides of the camera, from global superstars and producers like Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lopez and Simon Cowell, to comedy legends like Amy Poehler and the cast of Will & Grace and the many others who call NBC their home,” continued Greenblatt. “This roster is a testament to our incredible NBC programming presidents—Paul Telegdy, Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta—whose teams are on the front lines of the best programming in the world.”

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U.S. Fall Season 2018 Grid Now Available

World Screen's comprehensive guide to the U.S. networks' 2018-19 season is now available, featuring the prime-time grids for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW; pop-up trailers; descriptions and credits for each new and returning show; and a listing of series by studio.