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NBC Announces Fall 2017 Schedule

May 15, 2017

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NBC has announced their 2017 fall schedule, which includes five freshman dramas and three new comedies.

Thursdays will include the return of one of the most successful comedies in TV history, WILL & GRACE, the second season of the highly anticipated THIS IS US, and Dick Wolf’s new true crime event series LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS.

The new dramas on the schedule include: THE BRAVE, where a Washington, D.C., team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world; and uberproducer Dick Wolf’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders starring Edie Falco as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, who represented the brothers who killed their wealthy parents in a Beverly Hills mansion.

Another drama includes RISE, from Parenthood and Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims, and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, starring Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, and Auli’i Cravalho, about a dedicated high school teacher who, when taking over the school’s lackluster theater department, galvanized not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town; GOOD GIRLS, from executive producer Jenna Bans (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal) about three best friends who rob a local supermarket to help make ends meet and realize their perfect getaway is anything but; and REVERIE, starring Sarah Shahi, as a college professor trying to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live by your dreams.

In the comedy lineup we have the return of the beloved WILL & GRACE starring the quartet– Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally alongside executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and legendary director James Burrows; A.P. BIO from executive producers Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, starring Glenn Howerton as an Advanced Placement biology teacher who makes it perfectly clear he will not be teaching any biology and uses his students to his own benefit; and CHAMPIONS from Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling, about a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who suddenly finds out he has a teenage son.

Rounding out the schedule are alternative series including: THE AWESOME SHOW, from executive producers Chris Hardwick, Mark Burnett and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University that showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future; ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES, starring Ellen DeGeneres and featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from her daytime talk show; GENIUS JUNIOR hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more; THE HANDMADE PROJECT, from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

Returning shows includes: THE BLACKLIST, BLINDSPOT, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO P.D., DATELINE NBC, THE GOOD PLACE, GREAT NEWS, LAW & ORDER: SVU, LITTLE BIG SHOTS, SHADES OF BLUES, SUPERSTORE, TAKEN, THIS IS US, TIMELESS, THE VOICE and THE WALL.

Here’s the full schedule:

MONDAY

8-10PM THE VOICE

10-11PM- THE BRAVE (Series Premiere)

 

TUESDAY

8-9PM THE VOICE

9-9:30PM SUPERSTORE 

9:30-10PM THE GOOD PLACE 

10-11PM CHICAGO FIRE

 

WEDNESDAY

8-9PM THE BLACKLIST

9-10PM LAW & ORDER: SVU

10-11PM CHICAGO P.D.

 

THURSDAY

8-8:30PM WILL & GRACE (Series Premiere Revival)

8:30-9PM GREAT NEWS

9-10PM THIS IS US

10-11PM LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (Series Premiere)

 

FRIDAY

8-9PM BLINDSPOT

9-10PM TAKEN

10-11PM DATELINE NBC

 

SATURDAY

8-10PM DATELINE SATURDAY NIGHT MYSTERY

10-11PM SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (encores)

 

SUNDAY

7-8:20PM FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

8:20-11PM NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

 

 

Here’s the information on the drama series:

THE BRAVE

From Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of Homeland) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Starring Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal.

Dean Georgaris writes and executive produces. Brad Anderson directs and executive produces the pilot. Nir, Elon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan also executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios.

 

GOOD GIRLS

When three suburban moms get tired of trying to ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.

From executive producer Jenna Bans (Scandal) comes this comedy-infused drama that mixes a little Thelma & Louise with a bit of Breaking Bad. Starring Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard.

Jenna Bans writes and executive produces. Dean Parisot directs and executive produces the pilot. Jeannine Renshaw also executive produces. The series is produced by Universal Television.

 

LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS

Starring Edie Falco, this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, dealing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.

Rene Balcer writes and executive produces. Lesli Linka Glatter directs and executive produces. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney also executive produce. The show is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

 

 

REVERIE

From Mickey Fisher, creator of Extant, this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she fins that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.

Starring Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kathryn Morris.

Mickey Fisher writes and executive produces. Jaume Collet-Serra directs and executive produces the pilot. Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also executive produces. Tom Szentgyoryi serves as a consulting producer. Produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

 

RISE

From Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanized not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story.

Starring Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Ramian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett and Shirley Rumierk.

Jason Katims writes and executive produces. Mike Cahill directs and executive produces the pilot. Michelle Lee, Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez also executive produce. Produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions.

 

COMEDY SERIES

A.P. BIO

When a philosophy scholar loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.

Starring  Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Nick Peine and guest star Vanessa Bayer (pilot only).

Mike O’Brien will write and executive produce. Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker also executive produce. Osmany Rodriguez will direct. Produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions.

 

CHAMPIONS

Vince, a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Mindy Kaling), one of his old high school flings.

Starring Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, Nina Wadia and guest star Mindy Kaling. Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling will write and executive produce.

Michael Alan Spiller will direct and executive produce. Howard Klein also executive produces. The show is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Eyes Up Productions and Kaling International.

WILL & GRACE

 

That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original “Will & Grace” episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.

Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will write and executive produce. Alex Herschlag, Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally also executive produce. James Burrows will direct and executive produce. The show is produced by Universal Television.

 

 

ALTERNATIVE SERIES

THE AWESOME SHOW

From executive producer/host Chris Hardwick (“The Wall”), executive producer Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University comes a new series that will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future, as well as celebrate the pioneers and communities at the forefront of this golden age of unprecedented discovery, innovation and opportunity. Each episode of “The Awesome Show” will be a rollercoaster ride through the world of innovation as told by the people who are shaping it and whose lives are affected by it. The series will highlight stories of revolutionary scientific and technological advances and will marvel at mankind’s tremendous feats, both now and in the future. Mark Burnett, Chris Hardwick and Alex Murray executive produce. “The Awesome Show” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Fish Ladder.

 

ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES 

The one and only Ellen DeGeneres returns to primetime to host an exciting new game show that’s one big party! Featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as well as new ones, contestants will be pulled from the studio audience to maneuver massive obstacles while answering trivia questions, all under the pressure of Ellen’s mischievous and hilarious antics. With DeGeneres’ witty and comedic sensibility plus fun-filled games, each episode is sure to entertain the entire family and deliver lots of laughs. One lucky contestant will get the chance to win the grand prize, but everyone will have a blast! Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and David A. Hurwitz executive produce. Russell Norman directs. “Ellen’s Game of Games” is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted in association with A Very Good Production and Telepictures.

 

GENIUS JUNIOR

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented “genius juniors” will team up to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize – setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead. Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. “Genius Junior” is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

 

THE HANDMADE PROJECT

From executive producer and host Amy Poehler and co-host Nick Offerman comes a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Each week, eight amateur makers will take on a series of projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition escalates, the amateurs will be challenged to master progressively difficult skills, culminating in a final craft-off between the most creative and tenacious contestants. Shot in a serene outdoor setting, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of DIY culture – and through it all, Poehler and Offerman will provide encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs. Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici executive produce. “The Handmade Project” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions.

 

 

 

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