Hunter's NBC Schedule PREDICTION

NBC will be releasing their fall schedule tomorrow (Sunday) around 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning Pacific Time, 12:00 or 12:30 Eastern Time. Now that most things are known (though the fates of Chicago Justice, Trial & Error, and pilot The Sackett Sisters remain unknown as of my writing of this), I will predict what NBC's schedule will look like tomorrow.

8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Brave (new)

8:00 The Voice
9:00 This Is Us
10:00 Rise (new)

8:00 Chicago Fire (new day and time)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD

8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place
9:00 Will & Grace (revival)
9:30 Great News (new day and time)
10:00 Chicago Med (new time)

8:00 Dateline (new time)
9:00 The Blacklist (new day and time)
10:00 Blindspot (new day and time)

The network's two strongest nights (aside from night's with sports) are Monday and Tuesday with The Voice and now This Is Us. This is why NBC is likely to debut two new dramas on those nights, just like they did last year, and dramas The Brave and Rise were the network's first two pick-ups this spring, so I expect that they will make the fall schedule, with Rise going Tuesday because it is more compatible with This Is Us than The Brave would be. I think that NBC will keep This Is Us at 9:00 because they did when they premiered Trial & Error this spring, having the comedy air at 10:00 in its first week. Rise boots Chicago Fire off of Tuesday, and I think it will land on Wednesday, forming an all Dick Wolf show night. I do not think that Law & Order SVU and Chicago PD will swap timeslots, despite an increased flow as a result, because that would mean two more moves to promote.

While still not in great shape, NBC's comedy slate has more projects this season than last, so I expect a two-hour block on Thursday. Superstore and The Good Place can keep their timeslots from this season, while Will & Grace airs at 9:00. NBC has no multi-camera options to pair with Will & Grace, though I'm not sure how much they care considering how the network has mixed camera set-ups in the past. Great News has been rumored to have been renewed to be paired with Will & Grace, possibly because it has a more multi-camera feel to it than other comedies on the network. I also think it isn't out of the question for Great News to be retooled as a multi-cam. NBC attempted to retool Up All Night as a multi-cam back in the 2012-13 season when its ratings continued to decline, though this never went through as star Christina Applegate left the series. This would also make Great News cheaper in the long run, as multi-camera sets are a lot less expensive than single-camera sets. The two-hour comedy block would send Chicago Med to 10:00, and The Blacklist to Friday, along with Blindspot, which will be pushed off of Wednesdays by Chicago Fire. The Blacklist is the highest profile on the night, so it gets the 9:00 spot. I put Dateline before it and Blindspot after it so it can serve as a lead-in to Blindspot, and Dateline avoids competition with 20/20.

For mid-season, NBC has two new comedies, AP Bio and Champions. I imagine that these will be the focus of the Winter Olympics promotion. Limited series Law & Order True Crime is also coming up, and I think that its eight episodes will air over four weeks on Mondays before the Winter Olympics. During this same time, The Wall will probably return to Tuesdays at 8:00. New drama Good Girls will probably end up on Tuesday nights after This Is Us wraps up its season. Little Big Shots and Shades of Blue will likely return to their Sunday night timeslots, and Chicago Justice as well assuming it returns, maybe beginning its season on Mondays after Law & Order: True Crime. New drama Reverie can replace a new drama from the fall that fails, or air Sundays at 9:00 if Chicago Justice doesn't return. Otherwise, I expect a high-priority summer timeslot. I also expect Timeless and Taken to return in the summer.

What do you think of my predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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