NBC Announces Midseason Schedule, Including Return of MANIFEST & BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Following another winning fall, the network heads into the new year with a crop of prestige shows that combine top talent with creative storytelling. With more new shows launching in 2020 than the fall, NBC's robust winter and spring slate fuels a long-term strategy and features a completely reimagined "Little Big Shots" as well as three new dramas and one new multi-camera comedy.
"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."
January kicks off with the return of last season's breakout hit "Manifest," which reached more than 60 million viewers last year. Its midseason launch enables fans of the serialized drama to enjoy an interrupted run of Season 2's 13-episodes.
Midseason will see the debut of a trio of dramas, beginning on Friday nights in January with crime thriller "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" at 8 p.m., based on the best-selling novel "The Bone Collector." The series follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme ("Grimm's" Russell Hornsby) and his new partner, Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel, "Ballers") in a cat-and-mouse game as they join forces to bring down a notorious serial killer.
Also in January, after tuning in Tuesday, Jan. 7 for a special two-hour Season 3 premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" at 8 p.m., audiences will get a sneak peek at the premiere episode of new high-concept drama "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. The series premiere will be available to stream on the NBC App and Hulu following its on-air premiere preview.
"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" stars Jane Levy ("Suburgatory") as a whip-smart computer coder who, following an unusual event, starts to hear the innermost thoughts of the people around her through songs, including her boss played by Lauren Graham ("Parenthood") and her mom, played by Mary Steenburgen ("The Last Man on Earth").
On Feb. 16 at 9 p.m., "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" makes its regular timeslot debut (with a re-airing of the pilot at 8 p.m.). Beginning in March, it will air between the all-new "Little Big Shots" with Melissa McCarthy and fan-favorite "Good Girls," starring Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta, making Sundays nights appointment television with a lineup of true leading ladies.
Rounding out the new midseason dramas is "Council of Dads," centered on three men who step in to guide their best friend's family through all of life's triumphs and challenges. The new series will follow "This Is Us" on Tuesdays for two weeks before taking over its 9 p.m. timeslot when the show concludes its fourth season in March.
On the comedy front, January marks the conclusion of hit series "The Good Place," which will go out with a forkin' good time on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. The series finale gives fans an extra-long 90-minute block dedicated to the award-winning show, which includes an extended episode as well as a post-show special featuring the full cast and hosted by Seth Meyers.
The series finale makes way for NBC's new Thursday night comedy line-up, including the debut of new family comedy "Indebted" on Feb. 6 at 9:30 p.m. The multi-camera comedy, which will have the iconic final season of "Will & Grace" as its lead in, stars Adam Pally ("The Mindy Project") and Abby Elliot ("SNL") as a young couple whose lives get turned upside down by their Boomerang parents, played by Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and Steven Weber ("Wings").
Feb. 6 also brings the celebratory return of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with a one-hour season premiere at 8 p.m., pre-empting "Superstore" before airing in its regularly scheduled 8:30 p.m. time slot beginning Feb. 13.
NBC's unmatched lineup of alternative hits continue to help power midseason, led by last season's #1 most-watched alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," as well the breakout competition series "Ellen's Game of Games," both returning to their winning timeslots on Monday Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m., respectively.
Families can also add a new favorite to their lineup: Melissa McCarthy joins as the host of "Little Big Shots" with a totally reimagined season from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. The teaming of two of the funniest minds in Hollywood will celebrate the unique kids who inspire us all.
"The Voice" returns to Mondays on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. for Cycle 18, adding multi-platinum and award-winning recording artist, actor and songwriter Nick Jonas to the coaching lineup along with fan favorites Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton. "The Voice" lands on the schedule once a week in midseason, making way for hit show "Ellen's Game of Games" to keep its prime spot on the schedule for a few extra months before "The Voice" moves back to twice weekly for the always-anticipated live shows over the cycle's final three weeks in May. The combined strength of "The Voice" and "Ellen's Game of Games" on the schedule each week bring in a big live audience and act as strong launching pads for the network's scripted dramas.
NBC's fall performance has been paced by television's #1 scripted series in adults 18-49, "This Is Us"; the #1 primetime show overall in 18-49 and total viewers, "Sunday Night Football"; and additional top-20 rankings among Big 4 entertainment series from "New Amsterdam," both editions of "The Voice" and all three "Chicago" dramas. In total viewers, those "Chicago" dramas are delivering Wednesday's #1, 2 and 3 best results in "live plus seven day" Nielsens.
NBC is also generating dramatic increases this season in delayed and digital viewing, with the season premiere of "The Good Place" having multiplied its next-day "live plus same day" ratings by five times to date, while "SVU" has more than quadrupled; "This Is Us," "New Amsterdam" and "Superstore" have more than tripled; and all three "Chicago" dramas and "Perfect Harmony" have easily doubled the next-day ratings for their season premieres.