NBC Sets Fall Lineup, Says It’s ‘Confident That Our Schedule Will Premiere Intact’

Six nights remain intact, with Law & Order spinoff added to Thursdays

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Christopher Meloni will reprise his SVU character this fall in the new Law & Order spinoff Organized Crime. Getty Images
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NBC, the only broadcaster that had not shared its lineup for the upcoming TV season, has finally set its fall schedule—and its network chief said he is “confident” that the lineup will indeed debut “intact” later this year, despite the ongoing pandemic.

The new schedule keeps six nights intact from last season: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The only change is on Thursday, where NBC is taking out an hour of comedies to fit Law & Order: Organized Crime, starring Christopher Meloni, reprising his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler. It will air on Thursdays at 10 p.m., after SVU.

“Thanks to the ingenuity of our creative teams and our partner studios, NBC has assembled a remarkably stable schedule at a time when stability is called for,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy in a statement. “With the reopening of the Universal lot for select productions this week, we are confident that our schedule will premiere intact later this fall. We design shows for longevity, and this schedule remains a powerful propulsive force for shows to start here and carry on entertaining across generations.”

The network is keeping all its new shows for midseason and next summer, including comedies Mr. Mayor (from Tina Fey, starring Ted Danson), Keenan (starring SNL’s Keenan Thompson), Young Rock (based on Dwayne Johnson’s childhood), True Story (starring Ed Helms and Randall Park) and game shows That’s My Jam (hosted by Jimmy Fallon) and Small Fortune.

Additionally, the network said that in light of recent protests around racial injustice, it has committed to funding an additional “diverse writer” for all scripted shows next season.

“Our brand has always championed positive programming, and the events of this year have allowed us the time to take pause, examine our business with a new lens, and take some immediate action,” Telegdy said. “Since many of our writers’ rooms have not yet opened, we are taking this opportunity to offer all of this season’s showrunners the chance to enrich their team with an additional diverse writer at any level. It is not the solution by any means, but it is something we can do right now to take a positive step.”

Fox, The CW, CBS and ABC had each announced their 2020-21 lineups last month. While Fox and The CW constructed mostly pandemic-proof lineups featuring acquired shows and other already-filmed programming, CBS opted to go ahead with a “hopeful” fall schedule with its usual programming that won’t be able to air until production can resume.

ABC, however, chose to forgo a fall schedule in light of the continued uncertainty over when production can resume. Instead, the network simply announced its slate for the new season.

NBC FALL 2020-21 SCHEDULE (New programs in ALL CAPS)

8-10 p.m. — The Voice
10-11 p.m. — Manifest

8-9 p.m. — The Voice
9-10 p.m. — This Is Us
10-11 p.m. — New Amsterdam

8-9 p.m. — Chicago Med
9-10 p.m. — Chicago Fire
10-11 p.m. — Chicago P.D.

8-8:30 p.m. — Superstore
8:30-9 p.m. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-10 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU  (new time slot)

8-9 p.m. — The Blacklist
9-11 p.m. — Dateline

8-10 p.m. — Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 p.m. — Saturday Night Live (classic encores)

7-8:20 p.m. — Football Night in America
8:20-11 p.m. — Sunday Night Football

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@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.