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NBC January 2021 Premiere Dates Announced

The NBC January 2021 premiere dates have been announced. The network is starting the new year on a high note with the launch of the new Robert Carlock and Tina Fey-created and produced comedy Mr. Mayor, the time period premiere of new medical series Nurses, and the highly-anticipated season two return of critically acclaimed Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

In addition, a new season of frivolity is in the air with the return of Ellen’s Game of Games. And when it comes to making its players happy, no show can turn anyone’s financial fortunes around faster than The Wall, back for more of its anxiety-inducing ball drops.

“This schedule represents the best of what broadcast has to offer in any season – high quality new and returning dramas, ground-breaking comedy, and family-friendly gameshows,” said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, about the NBC January 2021 schedule.

“We know how much our viewers are looking forward to devouring new episodes and new shows, and we are particularly proud, along with all our production partners, to bring these to life in the current environment.”

Starting Jan. 4, Mondays will be a night of fun and games with the season premieres of hit gameshows Ellen’s Game of Games, which reached more than 57 million viewers last season, and The Wall, which was undefeated in its timeslot last summer.

A week later on Jan. 11, Weakest Link and host Jane Lynch join the party. The Weakest Link has been the most-watched series premiere on the Big 4 networks through the season’s opening eight weeks.

Tuesdays will mark the celebrated season two return of the much beloved Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, a critical darling that won an Emmy Award in its first season and stars Jane Levy as a whip-smart computer programmer who hears the innermost thoughts of people around her through songs.

The NBC series will kick off the night and lead into This Is Us, this season’s top scripted drama and #1 in 18-49 for the past five seasons. Tuesdays will conclude with Nurses, the network’s new Canadian medical drama acquisition on the heels of one of 2020’s biggest success stories, Transplant.

Wednesdays continue with Windy City favorites Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., all off to strong starts once again. Med, which defeated unscripted timeslot competitors last season in total viewers, remains as popular as ever, and Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. are both coming off their most-watched seasons.

Mr. Mayor, starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter, will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 7 with two episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular 8 p.m. timeslot on Jan. 14 with Superstore shifting to 8:30 p.m.

From Emmy Award winners Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, Mr. Mayor follows a retired businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s “still got it.” Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.

The eighth season of The Blacklist will resume Jan. 22 with the devastating consequences of the fallout between Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) intensifying.

NBC January 2021 Premiere Dates


8 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”

9 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”

10 p.m.: “The Wall” (Season premiere, special timeslot)


8 p.m.: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (Season premiere)

9 p.m.: “This Is Us”

10 p.m.: “Nurses” (Timeslot premiere)


8 p.m.: “Chicago Med”

9 p.m.: “Chicago Fire”

10 p.m.: “Chicago P.D.”


8 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor” (Series premiere)

8:30 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor”

9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”


8 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”

9 p.m.: “The Wall” (Timeslot premiere)

10 p.m.: “Weakest Link”


8 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor” (Regular timeslot)

8:30 p.m.: “Superstore (New timeslot)

9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”


8 p.m.: “The Blacklist”

9 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”

New Comedy Series


Mr. Mayor follows a retired businessman (Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s “still got it.” Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.

The series stars Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kyla Kenedy and Bobby Moynihan.

Mr. Mayor is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce. Eric Gurian will serve as a co-executive producer.

New Drama Series


Nurses, filmed and set in Toronto, follows five young nurses working on the frontlines of a busy downtown hospital, dedicating their lives to helping others, while struggling to help themselves.

The series stars Tiera Skovbye, Natasha Calis, Jordan Johnson-Hinds, Sandy Sidhu and Donald MacLean Jr.

Ilana Frank, Linda Pope, Vanessa Piazza, Adam Pettle, Jocelyn Hamilton and Tassie Cameron will executive produce. Julie Puckrin is co-executive producer.

Nurses is produced by ICF Films, eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles international distribution on the series.

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