The NBC Fall 2020 – 2021 lineup was announced today and the network’s slate includes such series as New Amsterdam, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us. Featuring dramas that include Manifest, fan-favorite comedies Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and alternative programming such as The Voice (featuring coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and host Carson Daly), the network’s fall schedule sees 16 returning shows, and one new drama with Law & Order: Organized Crime.
“Thanks to the ingenuity of our creative teams and our partner studios, NBC has assembled a remarkably stable schedule at a time when stability is called for,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC. “With the reopening of the Universal lot for select productions this week, we are confident that our schedule will premiere intact later this fall. We design shows for longevity and this schedule remains a powerful propulsive force for shows to start here and carry on entertaining across generations.”
Telegdy continued, “Our brand has always championed positive programming, and the events of this year have allowed us the time to take pause, examine our business with a new lens and take some immediate action. Since many of our writers’ rooms have not yet opened, we are taking this opportunity to offer all of this season’s showrunners the chance to enrich their team with an additional diverse writer at any level. It is not the solution by any means, but it is something we can do right now to take a positive step.”
The fall schedule launches a new spin-off with Law & Order: Organized Crime. The drama features Christopher Meloni reprising his beloved Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler, who returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he’s been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Throughout the series, we will follow Stabler’s journey to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.
The comedy premieres include Kenan, starring Kenan Thompson as a recently widowed host of Atlanta’s #2 morning show who struggles to balance his job and his young daughters; Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s Mr. Mayor stars Ted Danson as a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons; and producer and star Dwayne Johnson is set for Young Rock from Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat), in a series focusing on and inspired by the formative years of the global superstar.
Fans will rejoice at the return of two favorite series as Jane Levy and the gang are back for season two of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and the ladies of Good Girls are set for season four. NBC ordered 12 scripted pilots in its last development cycle, with decisions yet to be made due to delayed production schedules.
Both returning alternative hits and new series will also arrive to conquer midseason, led by the fourth season of the Ellen DeGeneres smash Ellen’s Game of Games. Joining Ellen in primetime as a master of ceremonies is Jimmy Fallon, who will executive produce and host That’s My Jam, a new comedy variety event series inspired by the wildly popular, celebrity-fueled musical segments made famous on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The laughs continue with True Story, starring Ed Helms and Randall Park as hosts of a hybrid alternative-scripted series in which everyday Americans sit down to share their most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories for the first time. In the case of Small Fortune, big series can certainly come in small packages, especially in this game show where teams of friends and family take on tiny games to win huge money.
Returning shows for the 2020-21 schedule include The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Dateline NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, Good Girls, Law & Order: SVU, Making It, Manifest, NBC Sunday Night Football, New Amsterdam, Superstore, This Is Us, The Voice and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
Additional previously-announced new series include Kenan, Mr. Mayor, Small Fortune, That’s My Jam, Transplant, True Story, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Young Rock.
NBC Fall 2020 Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
*Indicates new episodes available on Peacock
8-10 P.M. — The Voice
10-11 P.M. — Manifest*
8-9 P.M. — The Voice
9-10 P.M. — This Is Us*
10-11 P.M. — New Amsterdam*
8-9 P.M. — Chicago Med*
9-10 P.M. — Chicago Fire*
10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.*
8-8:30 P.M. — Superstore*
8:30-9 P.M. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-10 P.M. — Law & Order: SVU*
10-11 P.M. — LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME*
8-9 P.M. – The Blacklist*
9-11 P.M — Dateline NBC*
8-10 P.M. — Dateline Saturday Night Mystery*
10-11 P.M. – Saturday Night Live* (encores)
7-8:20 P.M. — Football Night in America
8:20-11 P.M. — NBC Sunday Night Football