On May 14, NBC announced that they were making some moves with their scheduling and opened up about their decision to revive their classic, Must-See TV lineup ahead of the May up-fronts. Perhaps one of the biggest moves comes with decision to take the breakout hit of the network, This Is Us and move it to a brand new night for the 2017-2018 season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has decided to move This Is Us from its Tuesday night slot to Thursdays starting in the fall. The show will continue to air at 9 PM and will be a major played in their revival of the Must-See TV programming.
Besides moving This Is Us to Thursday nights, NBC also announced that the night will kick off with the Will & Grace revival. The reboot of the classic and iconic series will air on Thursday’s at 8 PM. It will be followed by the sophomore season of Great News, which will also see more of Tina Fey as she will have more of an on screen presence in the series’ second season. Finally, Thursday night will round out with Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders at 10 PM, which is a limited series from Dick Wolf.
Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, shared during a discussion with reporters that they are coming off a very strong season of programming and they are feeling very bullish going into the new season. With the strength and stability they feel they have found with their programming, Greenblatt explained that they have more returning shows and less new dramas and comedies going into the 2017-2018 season.
Beyond talking about the programming choices and NBC’s decision to reverse their cancellation of Timeless, Bob Greenblatt also gave fans of This Is Us a bit more news to look forward to. In the upcoming season, audiences will not only get a new night to enjoy the hit series, but the show will also get the prime slot after the Super Bowl. On top of being the follow up to the Super Bowl, the series is even getting a holiday episode in order to act as a bridge during the winter hiatus.
Overall, Thursday nights really are set up to be Must-See TV for NBC once more. At the same time, there are also plenty of other viewing options for fans of the network, especially with many of their hit shows returning for new seasons.
By Dorothea James
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