I give NBC a hard time, but to be fair to the Peacock, they deserve it. They have apparently completely lost interest in challenging, interesting or legacy programming, and care only about appealing to as many folks as possible. In this television landscape, where indifferent TV viewing is dying, it’s a strategy that’s not likely to deliver long-term results for the network, nor is it a strategy that will attract better shows. On the other hand, it is opening up more opportunities for places like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Yahoo! to succeed.
Granted, I’ll still watch Sunday Night Football and I’ll probably give Heroes Reborn a shot, but I can’t imagine spending much time on NBC beyond obligatory recaps of SNL after Hannibal finishes its run this summer (the future of Hannibal at NBC, by the way, remains uncertain, as it was barely mentioned at the upfronts).
The big news from the NBC upfronts, I guess, is that the network once known for its Must-See Sitcoms will now air only one hour of comedies. On Friday. Undateable has done the unthinkable for an NBC sitcom since Robert Greenblatt took over: It managed to land a third season. Next season will be all live shows (which is actually not a terrible idea; more on that in a subsequent post). It will be followed on Fridays by a freshman comedy, People Are Talking, a multi-camera laugh track series starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
Meanwhile, Mondays get The Voice and a new conspiracy drama from Greg Berlanti called The Blindspot which is about — I shit you not — a naked woman who wakes up in the middle of Times Square with an intricate number of tattoos that apparently provide a roadmap for the FBI to solve a series of crimes.
Tuesdays will open with The Voice and Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George and based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato. Neil Patrick Harris will also debut his variety show on Tuesday nights until Chicago Fire returns in November.
Wednesdays remains the same, with the only returning freshman series from last year, The Mysteries of Laura leading the night, followed by Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D..
Thursdays will keep The Blackist in its 9:00 slot, where it has been struggling against stronger Thursday night competition. It will be bookended by the Heroes reboot and The Player, starring Wesley Snipes as a “former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.”
NBC is now the home of Wesley Snipes.
Aside from the comedies on Friday, NBC also has Grimm followed by Dateline.