NBC has confirmed its winter premiere schedule, adding three new dramas and comedy to the award-winning lineup. The big shows coming back this winter include “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good Girls,” and “Manifest,” and the new shows are “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector,” “Council of Dads,” and “Indebted.” In alternative programming, look for “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “The Voice” this winter. Fans will also have to say goodby to “The Good Place” and “Will & Grace.”
“As we head into the new year, we’re using six-weeks of jam-packed original holiday programming to build momentum towards our January and spring launches,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Success starts with our carefully curated linear schedule, and from there we harness the power of our growing digital audience. This multi-platform strategy is a driving force as we head into the next phase of the season with a crop of shows that are primed to continue in the great NBC tradition of capturing the heart of pop-culture.”
The schedule starts on January 6th with the return of “Manifest.” The series reached more than 60M viewers last year and is one of the most anticipated shows returning to the schedule. That’s the same night that “America’s Got Talent,” and “The Champions” airs. On January 7th, NBC will air “Ellen’s Game of Games” and a special premiere preview of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before. The series stars Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
The new crime-thriller “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” is entering into the Friday schedule and will premiere on January 10th. Inspired by the best-selling book, the serial killer known only as “The Bone Collector” once terrified New York City … until he seemingly disappeared. Now, three years later, when an elaborate murder points to his return, it brings former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme out of retirement and back into the fold. Rhyme has a personal connection to the case – a trap set by the killer left him paralyzed – but this time he’s teaming up with Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer. The cast includes Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff and Michael Imperioli.
January will also host the end of “The Good Place,” which comes to a close on January 30th. The series finale will be 90-minutes, and it will include an extended episode as well as a post-show special featuring the full cast and hosted by Seth Meyers.
Moving into February, we have the return of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Indebted” on February 6th. In the comedy “Indebted,” young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the two people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly becomes blurred. The cast includes Fran Drescher, Adam Pally, Steven Weber, Abby Elliott, and Jessy Hodges. This is also the night to watch the big “Will & Grace” finale.
The next premiere date is February 16th, which is the official start date of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” if you missed the preview, and the start of “Good Girls.” NBC will premiere the new season of “The Voice” on February 24th.
In March, the network will begin “Little Big Shots” and the new comedy “Council of Dads.” The show “Council of Dads” follows Scott Perry, a loving father of five, who has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself. There’s Anthony, Scott’s oldest and most loyal friend; Larry, his tough-love AA sponsee; and Oliver, his dedicated doctor and wife’s dearest friend. Together, they discover that there’s more to being a father than anyone could do alone – and more to being a family than they ever thought possible. The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill. The show is inspired by best-selling author Bruce Feiler’s book “Council of Dads.”
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