Things are dire for NBC.
Though the struggling network will finish this season No. 1 in the 18-to-49 demographic, that is a misleading statistic fueled by NBC's airing of the Super Bowl. Its sole true hit continues to be The Voice; the two Chicago shows also do ok, which is why a third one will arrive midseason. Beyond that, NBC has canceled all of its new 2014-2015 shows except The Mysteries of Laura, which earned a mere 0.9 in its last airing.
Basically, it's time to start from scratch.
NBC is counting on The Voice, which is still down from last season, to usher in new dramas — Greg Berlanti's Blindspot on Mondays and the medical series Heartbreaker on Tuesdays. Wednesday nights, meanwhile, look exactly the same as they did in the 2014-2015 season, and Thursdays are still all about the drama with The Blacklist sitting between the return of Heroes with Heroes Reborn airing at 8 p.m. and The Player, a new drama starring Wesley Snipes, closing out the night at 10 p.m.
And though NBC once bolstered one of the most robust comedy blocks on network television, those days couldn't be further in the rearview mirror. Now, comedy is being sequestered to Friday nights with Undateable, the network's only returning comedy, moving to 8 p.m. from its Tuesday night slot in the 2014-2015 season. Following it will be the only new NBC comedy making it into the fall schedule, People Are Talking, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
Also worth noting, Undateable will return next season with all live episodes, another indicator of NBC's experimentation with live programming since the success of Sound of Music Live!, which hasn't been replicated despite efforts. "Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable," Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC entertainment, said in a statement. The Wiz Live! will also air next season and Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. as NBC's only new non-scripted fall series, will also be live.
Most of NBC's new scripted series (eight out of 13) will premiere mid-season. Those include series with big names that have previously proven successful on network TV Eva Longoria, formerly of Desperate Housewives, now on Hot & Bothered; America Ferrera, formerly of Ugly Betty, now on Superstore; Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, and Jenna Fischer, formerly of Parks & Rec, Will & Grace, and The Office, respectively, now on You, Me and the End of the World; and if that doesn't work, they have Neil Patrick Harris' name in a show title.
And there, there's Coach, a planned 13-episode revival of a show that aired its final episode 18 years ago.
The full schedule is at the bottom of the story, and the new shows are now arranged in night-of-the-week order.
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 15
Blindspot (Mondays at 10 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 21
Heroes Reborn (Thursdays at 8 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 24
The Player (Thursdays at 10 p.m.)
Premieres Sept. 24
People Are Talking (Fridays at 8:30 p.m.)
Premieres Oct. 16
Chicago Med (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)
Who's in it? Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya Dacosta
Who created it? Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, Joe Chappelle
What's it about? It's a spinoff of the medium-successful NBC/Dick Wolf franchise that includes Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Premieres Nov. 10
Heartbreaker (Midseason TBD)
Little Big Shots (working title) (Midseason TBD)
Game of Silence (Midseason TBD)
You the Jury (Midseason TBD)
Crowded (Midseason TBD)
Shades of Blue (Midseason TBD)
Hot & Bothered (Midseason TBD)
Superstore (Midseason TBD)
You, Me and the End of the World (Midseason TBD)
Here is the NBC Fall 2015 schedule:
The Voice 8-10 p.m.
*The Blindspot 10-11 p.m.
The Voice 8-9 p.m.
*Heartbreaker 9-10 p.m.
*Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris 10-11 p.m. (through November)
Chicago Fire 10-11 p.m. (premieres in November)
The Mysteries of Laura 8-9 p.m.
Law & Order: SVU 9-10 p.m.
Chicago P.D. 10-11 p.m.
*Heroes Reborn 8-9 p.m.
The Blacklist 9-10 p.m.
*The Player 10-11 p.m.
Undateable 8-8:30 p.m.
*People Are Talking 8:30-9 p.m.
Grimm 9-10 p.m.
Dateline 10-11 p.m.
Dateline Saturday Night Mystery 8-10 p.m.
Saturday Night Live (Classic encores) 10-11 p.m.
Football Night in America 7-8:20 p.m.
Sunday Night Football 8:20-11 p.m.
Note: In mid-May every year, the five television broadcast networks — NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW — present their new shows and upcoming schedules to advertisers at events called "the upfronts." That's why you see an onslaught of new programming in May, as well as the cancellation of current shows. This post will be continually updated.
On Aug. 31, it was announced that NBC would not be moving forward with its Coach reboot.