With shows dropping left and right this week, and new shows taking their place almost immediately, it can be hard to keep up. NBC outlined the network’s 2019-2020 season for viewers, confirming the new comedies and dramas that will be airing on the network, along with the shows that are set to return. The new schedule adds four first-year dramas and four freshman comedies over the course of the 2019-20 season, and we will see which ones survive the first year gauntlet.
“We came into this season from the vantage point of extreme stability, but without any complacency,” said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. “Our 52-week schedule takes into account the seismic shift in viewing habits, balancing short-term wins with long-term potential. Comedy is at the heart of the NBC brand, and we’ve picked up four new comedies that we think viewers will love for generations to come. Our new dramas will compel audiences to tune in week after week to our network while also delivering binge-worthy storylines, and our unparalleled alternative programs continue to delight audiences of all ages, providing enviable launch pads for many of our new shows.”
The newest drama to join the fall schedule is “Bluff City Law,” starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits in his return to the network. A thrilling legal family drama, the series reunites a father and daughter attorney duo as they take on social injustice. Thursday night is adding two new additions this year, starting with another network reunion. Bradley Whitford is starring in “Perfect Harmony” as a former Princeton music professor who finds himself unexpectedly presiding over a small-town church choir. The other series is from star Kal Penn and executive producer Michael Schur, and it’s called “Sunnyside.” The series tells the story of a disgraced New York City Councilman turned champion for a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens.
“Council of Dads” is from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and centered on a loving father of four who calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads following a personal health scare. “Lincoln” is based on the best-selling book “The Bone Collector,” and follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (“Grimm’s” Russell Hornsby) and his new partner, Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel of “Midnight, Texas”), as they join forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, all while working to bring down a notorious serial killer.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” stars Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) as a whip-smart computer coder who, following an unusual event, starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. Joining the comedy lineup later this season is “Indebted,” starring Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”) and Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”) as mother and son. Things take an unexpected turn when a young man’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving him and his wife with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. In the family comedy “The Kenan Show,” “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways.
During the holidays, you can find a second season of “Making It” with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. As a special gift to viewers, the season is rolling out over two weeks and will feature innovative partnerships to help audiences craft alongside our makers this December. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” on the network as well. Over the course of three one-hour specials, DeGeneres, along with her celebrity friends, will deliver life-changing gifts to unsuspecting people who’ve topped her nice list.
In January, “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” will return, as well well as “Ellen’s Game of Games.” “Manifest” is also returning, with “Will & Grace,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and the final season of “Blindspot.” Following football season, Sundays will feature “Little Big Shots,” this time hosted by Melissa McCarthy. The third season of “Good Girls” will also return to NBC. Along with the Olympics in Summer 2020, NBC will host the return of “World of Dance,” “American Ninja Warrior,” and “America’s Got Talent.”
For a recap, the returning shows for the 2019-20 schedule include “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Dateline NBC,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Good Girls,” “The Good Place,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Manifest,” “NBC Sunday Night Football,” “New Amsterdam,” “Superstore,” “This Is Us,” “The Voice,” “The Wall,” “Will & Grace,” and “World of Dance.”
These shows join the previously announced new series include “Bring the Funny,” “Small Fortune,” “Songland,” “That’s My Jam,” and the return of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
The shows “Abby’s,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Enemy Within,” “The InBetween,” “The Titan Games” and “The Village” are still on the chopping block at the time this article was written. Fans will have to wait a little longer to see if those shows are returning to NBC.
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