NBC Announces Modest Fall Line-Up: Two New Series; Changes On Two Nights Of The Week

In what can only be described as a modest fall primetime line-up, NBC will introduce two new series – the reboot of time-traveling drama Quantum Leap and George Lopez sitcom Lopez Vs. Lopez. Only two nights of the week will feature changes – Monday and Friday. Monday will showcase Quantum Leap out of The Voice; Friday (effective in November) will feature Lopez Vs. Lopez into returning comedy Young Rock in the Friday 8 p.m. ET hour (into returning Dateline).

Tuesday will feature the return of drama La Brea (out of a one-hour edition of The Voice into the final season of medical drama New Amsterdam). Wednesday and Thursday, meanwhile, will house the Chicago-themed dramas and the Law & Order franchise, respectively. Saturday is another night of repeats. Translation: an ongoing wasteland. And Sunday Night Football returns to close the week (and, likely, lead NBC to victory in both total viewers and adults 18-49 – among the other demos – in fourth quarter.

NBC has also announced two additional series: the reboot of comedy Night Court starring and produced by The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch; and reality competition series Million Dollar Island.

Returning at a later time in the season on NBC are comedies American Auto and Grand Crew; drama The Blacklist; and game shows That’s My Jam and The Wall. Also slated is new Dick Wolf reality series LA Fire. Additionally, the fate of the pilots for Blank Slate, Found, Irrational, Unbroken and an untitled drama from Mike Daniels remain TBD.

What follows is the NBC primetime fall schedule (with new series in CAPS). The show descriptions immediately follow.


8 p.m. — The Voice (two hours)

10 p.m. — QUANTUM LEAP


8 p.m. — The Voice

9 p.m. — La Brea

10 p.m. — New Amsterdam


8 p.m. — Chicago Med

9 p.m. — Chicago Fire

10 p.m. — Chicago P.D.


8 p.m. — Law & Order

9 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU

10 p.m. – Law & Order: Organized Crime


8 p.m. – Capital One College Bowl

8 p.m. – LOPEZ VS. LOPEZ (November)

8:30 p.m. – Young Rock (November)

9 p.m. — Dateline NBC (two hours)


8 p.m. — Drama encores

9 p.m. — Dateline Weekend Mystery

10 p.m. – SNL Vintage


7-8:20 p.m. — Football Night in America (also live on Peacock)

8:20-11 p.m. — NBC Sunday Night Football (also live on Peacock)


Lopez vs. Lopez

A working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between. The cast includes George Lopez, Mayan Lopez, Selenis Leyva, Brice Gonzalez and Matt Shively.

Debby Wolfe and Bruce Helford will write and executive produce. Katie Newman, Michael Rotenberg, George Lopez and Mayan Lopez executive produce.

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, will produce in association with Mohawk Productions, Travieso Productions, Mi Vida Loba and 3 Arts.

Night Court (midseason)

Unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone, the daughter of the late Harry Stone, follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding. The cast includes Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette, India de Beaufort, Kapil Talwalkar and Lacretta.

Dan Rubin will write and executive produce. Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch also executive produce. John Larroquette will produce.

Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with After January Productions and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.


Quantum Leap

It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it. The cast includes Raymond Lee, Caitlin Bassett, Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park, and Nanrisa Lee.

Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt will write and executive produce. Don Bellisario, Deborah Pratt and Martin Gero executive produce.

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, will produce in association with I Have an Idea! Entertainment, Belisarius Productions and Quinn’s House Productions.


Million Dollar Island

A high-stakes social experiment in which 100 contestants must forge friendships and build alliances as they plot to stay on a remote desert island for up to 50 days and compete to win their share of the ultimate $1 million prize. Upon arrival each contestant is given a bracelet worth $10,000. During their time on the island, contestants gain and lose bracelets through various challenges, but when a player leaves the island, they must choose who will receive their portion of the money. In this intense competition, the strength of your personal bonds are just as important as being the ultimate player.

Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt and Jack Burgess and Talpa’s John de Mol will executive produce. Studio Lambert will produce.


Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas

A modern-day movie musical about the making of a network TV special, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift an exhausted world’s spirits by sharing the unique “mountain magic” she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas. Throughout the movie’s production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Men. When it’s time for her big special to air live, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future.

David Rambo will write and executive produce with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. Billy Levin and Bobby Kelly will produce. Hudson Hickman will co-executive produce.

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