NBC Brass Tout Stability, Broad Comedy Push and Flexibility With New Fall Schedule

Plugging the lineup on a call with press, NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy emphasized that they’re heading into their first upfront market in the top exec post with plans to keep what’s working on course (alternative and many returning dramas) and a focus on energizing the comedy brand .

While The Good Place has earned acclaim, and Superstore and the revival of Will & Grace have been consistent performers, the fact the remains that NBC is still without a “hit” comedy like the ones of the network's storied past or those of rivals CBS and ABC.

The drama won’t appear until later in the season, ceding the prime Monday 10 o’clock hour for Jimmy Smits’ newcomer Bluff City Law.

Telegdy and Cheeks noted that the serialized nature of Manifest , and its digital tail, mean that they can be more flexible with when and how they air it.

They join Superstore and The Good Place before Law & Order: SVU again airs at 10 p.m. On Fridays, The Blacklist will be paired with a two-hour outing of Dateline .

Plenty of series are being saved for midseason and points further, including returning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, freshman hit Manifest, Good Girls, Blindspot, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, Ellen’s Game of Games, Little Big Shots and World of Dance — as well as new orders Indebted , The Kenan Show, Council of Dads, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Lincoln .

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