This is arguably the biggest week of the network TV year, as the big five hold upfront presentations in New York, showing off their new schedules and series for advertisers. What's in, what's out, and what looks good? Let's take a look!
The deeply troubled network is being overhauled by new programming head Bob Greenblatt, who is unveiling his first full schedule today. They're going heavy on comedies, with ten new sitcoms running across four nights of programming. Last week's surprise renewal Whitney will join Community on the elephant graveyard that is Friday night, which NBC hopes to revive as a viable programming night based on the modest strength of Grimm, which spent its first season on Friday nights and regularly earned respectable ratings. Meanwhile The Office and Parks & Recreation have been given full season 22-episode orders and will continue to play on Thursday nights alongside shortened half-seasons of Up All Night and 30 Rock. It will be the latter's final season.
As for its many new comedies, four of them will be premiering in the fall, with the rest set for midseason debuts. The ones we'll be seeing in September/October are Ryan Murphy's gay adoption/surrogate series The New Normal, Matthew Perry's support group comedy (ha ha?) Go On, wacky animal hospital sitcom Animal Practice, and the multicamera family yuk fest Guys With Kids. On the drama side, NBC is adding two new hour-longs to its fall schedule. The big, expensive-looking Revolution, about an electricity-less future America full of militias, is getting the sweet post-The Voice slot on Monday nights, meaning Smash, a little cherished pet of Greenblatt's, won't be back until the winter. Then Dick Wolf's new show Chicago Fire will play at 10pm on Wednesdays, after Dick Wolf's old-ass show Law & Order: SVU.