NBC knows it's "a little risky" to move "This Is Us" from Tuesdays to Thursdays -- including "interruptions" to the show's schedule for NFL games and the Olympics -- but there also some big upsides.
The network is reviving its classic "Must See TV" brand for Thursdays, including the revival of "Will & Grace" to air before "This Is Us" (and "Great News"). Plus, NBC is giving "This Is Us" a cushy special edition episode to air after the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018. "We thought it was great for the number one sports franchise to be followed by the number one scripted franchise," NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt said. There's also a special "This Is Us" Christmas episode timed for the holidays, the exec reported.
Given the NFL schedule, though, "This Is Us" will air for six weeks, then be off for six weeks. And apparently there will be more breaks for the Olympics. On that note, Greenblatt said, "We've got some ideas to keep the show alive," even when the show isn't on the air. "The priority is how can we keep this is us alive as much as humanly possible as long as possible. And that's what we're going to try to do even with the interruptions that we're going to have."
Here's NBC's fall 2017-2018 schedule, via TheWrap, with new shows noted in all caps.
8-10 P.M. — The Voice
10-11 P.M. — THE BRAVE
8-9 P.M. — The Voice
9-9:30 P.M. — Superstore
9:30-10 P.M. — The Good Place
10-11 P.M. — Chicago Fire
8-9 P.M. — The Blacklist
9-10 P.M. — Law & Order: SVU
10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.
8-8:30 P.M. — WILL & GRACE
8:30-9 P.M. — Great News
9-10 P.M. — This Is Us
10-11 P.M. — LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
8-9 P.M. — Blindspot
9-10 P.M. — Taken
10-11 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
Here are NBC's details on the "new" "Will & Grace," plus the other new Must See TV show:
"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.
The cast includes Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, 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. "Will & Grace" is produced by Universal Television.
"LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS"
Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie"), 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, detailing 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 will write and executive produce. Lesli Linka Glatter will direct and executive produce. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney also executive produce. "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.
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