Will & Grace Is Making Its NBC Return on Sept. 28 as the Peacock Locks in Its Fall Premieres

This Is Us, which will remain on Tuesdays after all, is set for Sept. 26

After airing its season finale in 2006, Will & Grace is back this fall for 12 more episodes.
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On Sept. 28, Will & Grace is returning to NBC, 11 years and four months after signing off from the network. NBC announced the premiere date for the sitcom’s 12-episode revival as it locked in its fall debuts.

This Is Us, last season’s breakout hit and the No. 2 broadcast series in the adults 18-49 demo, will kick off its sophomore season on Tuesday, Sept. 26. NBC had initially decided to shift Season 2 to Thursdays, as part of its efforts to resurrect Must-See TV, but two weeks after last month’s upfront, the network abruptly reversed course, opting to keep the drama on Tuesdays.

NBC will be rolling out the bulk of its fall shows, during the first full week of the 2017-18 season, beginning on Monday, Sept. 25. (The 2017-18 season officially starts on Thursday, Sept. 21.)

The premieres begin on Sept. 25 with The Voice, featuring judges Miley Cyrus and new addition Jennifer Hudson, followed by its new patriotic drama, The Brave, in which Washington, D.C., analysts work with special ops forces to pull off dangerous missions around the world.

The Voice will continue on Tuesdays, leading into This Is Us and then Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, a limited series from Dick Wolf about Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents.

A special one-hour episode of The Voice will also air on Wednesday, Sept. 27, leading into the return of dramas Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. The Blacklist, which has moved to Wednesdays at 8 p.m., will debut a week later, on Oct. 4.

The entire Thursday night schedule will air on Sept. 28: Superstore will kick off the night at 8 p.m., followed by The Good Place, and then the Will & Grace revival at 9 p.m. Great News will run at 9:30 p.m., and Chicago Fire will close the night at 10 p.m.

In November, those shows will go on hiatus as the network airs five Thursday Night Football games, in the second year of its two-year sharing deal with CBS and NFL Network.

Dateline will premiere on Friday, Sept. 29, but the other Friday night series, Blindspot, won’t debut until Oct. 27. Taken, which was initially slated to air on Fridays this fall, has been pushed to midseason.

Sunday Night Football begins airing on Sunday, Sept. 10, as the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys. That follows the first game of the NFL season on Sept. 7—the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots—which airs on NBC and as always will be called Sunday Night Football even though it airs on a Thursday.

The network, which reclaimed the 18-49 crown last season, should cruise to a repeat win in 2017-18, thanks to the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, both of which air in February. “Next season is kind of in the bag, I hate to say, given the heft of the sporting events,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Adweek last month.

NBC is the third broadcast network to lock in its fall premieres. CBS was first out of the gate, on June 1, with The CW following a week later.

Trailers for all of NBC’s fall shows can be found here.

Here is the entire premiere schedule for NBC’s fall shows (new programs are in all caps):

8-10 p.m. — The Voice (Sept. 25)
10-11 p.m. — THE BRAVE (Sept. 25)

8-9 p.m. — The Voice (Sept. 26)
9-10 p.m. — This Is Us (Sept. 26)

8-9 p.m. — The Blacklist (Oct. 4)
9-10 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 27)
10-11 p.m. — Chicago P.D. (Sept. 27)

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