NBC Sets Summer Slate: AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, TAXI BROOKLYN, WORKING THE ENGELS & More
Continuing NBC's summer dominance, which for the past three years has been led by "America's Got Talent," the network spreads its wings to bring a content-rich summer schedule to build off strong anchor shows that also include the emerging hit "American Ninja Warrior" and returning favorite "Last Comic Standing."
Six original scripted summer series - the most of any broadcast network in more than 20 years - as well as a new original alternative series will join the line-up as the network continues to have strong original programing year-round rather than just during the September-May season.
Scripted series receiving their launch dates are "The Night Shift," "Undateable," "Crossbones," "Taxi Brooklyn," "Working the Engels" and "Welcome to Sweden," as well as new alternative series "Food Fighters."
Premieres for the new seasons of "Last Comic Standing" (Thursday, May 22, 9-11 p.m.), "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday, May 27, 8-10 p.m.) - the #1 summer reality series in adults 18-49 and total viewers - and "American Ninja Warrior" (Monday, May 26, 9-11 p.m.) were previously announced.
Here are the summer premiere dates and times. Series descriptions and information are below:
- Tuesday, May 27 (10-11 p.m.) "The Night Shift"
- Thursday, May 29 (9-10 p.m.; back-to-back half-hour episodes each week) "Undateable"
- Friday, May 30 (10-11 p.m.) "Crossbones"
- Wednesday, June 25 (10-11 p.m.) "Taxi Brooklyn"
- Thursday, July 10 (9-9:30 p.m.) "Welcome to Sweden"
- Thursday, July 10 (9:30-10 p.m.) "Working the Engels"
- Tuesday, July 22 (8-9 p.m.) "Food Fighters"
"THE NIGHT SHIFT"
Cast: Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Daniella Alonso, Robert Bailey Jr., Jeananne Goosen, JR Lemon, Freddy Rodriguez
Executive producers: Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah
Production companies: Sony Pictures Television
Logline: "The Night Shift" focuses on the men and women who work the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. They are an irreverent and special breed, particularly adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan (Eoin Macken, "Merlin"). After three grueling tours of duty in Afghanistan, T.C. is about to learn that his toughest battles will be fought right here at home. He and his team of late-night docs, including best friend Topher (Ken Leung, "Lost") and protégé Drew (Brendan Fehr, "Roswell"), know how to let off steam with the casual prank or two, but when lives are at stake, they are all business. Unfortunately, the night shift is now under new senior management and boss Michael Ragosa (Freddy Rodriguez, "Six Feet Under"), who has to balance the real-world pressures of cutting costs while battling the stigma that he is more interested in saving money than helping people.
Cast: Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches, Rick Glassman, David Fynn, Bianca Kajlich
Executive producers: Bill Lawrence, Adam Sztykiel, Jeff Ingold
Production companies: Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Whether it's due to a lack of style, the wrong job, or even just a bad haircut, everyone goes through a time in their lives when they're undateable. Most of us eventually grow out of it, but some people need a little more help than others. Enter Danny Burton (Chris D'Elia, "Whitney"). Confident, attractive and impervious to outside opinions, 29-year-old Danny - who may be in a state of Arrested Development himself - decides to help out his new roommate, Justin Kearney (comedian Brent Morin), the owner of an unsuccessful bar and a chronic overthinker, and Justin's group of oddball friends - Shelly (comedian Ron Funches), Burski (comedian Rick Glassman) and Brett (David Fynn, "Game of Thrones"). Danny introduces the gang to his recently divorced older sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, "Rules of Engagement"), who immediately bonds with this group of guys, as she feels a little stuck in her own life as well. The gang spends most of their time at Justin's bar, helping solve each other's respective problems over beers, and while they love to give each other a hard time, they always have each other's back.
Cast: John Malkovich, Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, David Hoflin, Yasmine Al Massri, Chris Perfetti, Claire Foy
Executive producers: Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold, Ciaran Donnelly
Production companies: Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Universal Television
Logline: It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the Diabolical pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) reigns over a Rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder's paradise, New Providence is a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, assassin Tom Lowe is sent to the buccaneers' Haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he ?nds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds, and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many rivals and one great weakness - a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.