NBC has revealed its fall programing schedule, making it one of the first networks to do so this year. There have been some unsurprising renewals, but some slightly surprising decisions made. The network, which tends to struggle with comedy programs, has decided to cut back on its comedy programs.
It is bad news for comedy fans. The network is scheduling just one hour of comedy a week, and that hour will fall on a Friday night. Fridays are traditionally slow nights for TV networks, as people choose to DVR them or watch them on playback so they can go out. It looks like NBC has resigned itself to being a drama/action network only.
In that one-hour slot, Undateable will make a comeback. It will go into its third season, and will air all-live episodes throughout the run. This may be a gimmick to get people to tune into NBC comedy to see if people go wrong. The second part of the one-hour slot is there for a new comedy program, People Are Talking. The program will star Saved By the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar as one part of two diverse couples. He and his best friend are neighbors and go through life problems together.
There are a number of new dramas coming to the network in the 2015-2016 season. NBC’s newly revealed fall programing schedule shows that fantasy may be making a comeback. Heroes: Reborn has officially been picked up and Jack Coleman will reprise his role as the Horn-Rimmed Glasses man. Masi Oka and Jimmy Jean-Louis are also reprising their roles. While Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia are not returning, Zachery Levi is, which suggests that he will not be in American Horror Story: Hotel during the same scheduling.
Heroes: Reborn will tell the story of new people realizing that they have special abilities. It is set for 13 episodes to see whether the break can help it make a good comeback. Heroes started off popular but lost viewers after season two.
A new medical drama is also making its appearance on NBC. Melissa George, who has appeared in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will play Dr. Alex Panttiere in Heartbreaker, which is based on Dr. Kathy Magliato’s real life achievements. The show is about a top heart-transplant surgeon who has a racy personal life.
Another drama that may be worth watching is Blindspot. Jane Doe wakes up in Times Square completely naked and with no memory. The only things that could possibly help her identify herself are the intricate and mysterious tattoos on her body. The program has been set for 10pm on Mondays.
For those wanting a little comedy thrown in with variety, there is some good news. Tuesday nights at 10pm will see Neil Patrick Harris back on the screens. He will host Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, sharing a variety of performances, mini game shows and comedy sketches. There are many A-list celebrities expected to appear on the show.
There may be some people disappointed by the scheduling. For the first time since 1978, there is just one hour of comedy on NBC, now that it has revealed its fall programing schedule.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham