NBC Unveils Fall 2021/22 TV Schedule

NBC has unveiled its Fall 2021/22 Primetime slate, including three new dramas, and the renewal of Law and Order: Organized Crime for a second season.

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Returning shows for 2021/22 include The Blacklist, returning for season 9, the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Chicago franchise (Med, Fire, and PD), New Amsterdam, This is Us (final 6th season), Law and Order: SVU, and Law and Order: Organized Crime.

Meanwhile, the fates of scifi series Debris and Manifest, as well as comedy Good Girls, and comedy-musical Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist remain unknown at this time.

Additionally, as part of NBC’s “rolling pilot process” this year, new projects that have been picked up to pilot will undergo a decision making process on series greenlights. These pilots include Dangerous Moms, Getaway, Hungry, Night Court, Someone Out There, and an as yet untitled Nick Wootton/Jake Coburn project.

NBC states that “with the NBC’s 52-week scheduling strategy,these pilots could be possibilities for later in the 2021-22 season or could roll over to the 2022-23 season.”

NBC FALL 2021-22 SCHEDULE   

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT) 

MONDAY 

8-10 P.M. — The Voice 

 10-11 P.M. — ORDINARY JOE 

TUESDAY 

8-9 P.M. — The Voice 

9-10 P.M. — LA BREA 

10-11 P.M.  — New Amsterdam 

WEDNESDAY 

8-9 P.M. — Chicago Med 

9-10 P.M. — Chicago Fire 

10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D. 

THURSDAY 

8-9 P.M.  — LAW & ORDER: FOR THE DEFENSE  

9-10 P.M.  — Law & Order: SVU  

10-11 P.M. — Law & Order: Organized Crime 

FRIDAY 

8-9 P.M. – The Blacklist 

9-11 P.M — Dateline NBC 

SATURDAY 

8-9 P.M. — Drama Encores 

9-10 P.M. — Dateline Weekend Mystery 

10-11 P.M. – SNL Vintage  

SUNDAY 

7-8:20 P.M. — Football Night in America 

8:20-11 P.M. — NBC Sunday Night Football 

NEW FALL DRAMA

La Brea

LA Brea — Pictured: “La Brea” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC)

An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other. 

The cast includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Karina Logue, Zyra Gorecki, Jack Martin, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie and Chloe De Los Santos. 

Writer David Appelbaum executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, Ken Woodruff, Arika Lisanne Mittman and Adam Davidson.  

La Brea is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Keshet Studios.  

Ordinary Joe

Episode Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) James Wolk as Cop Joe, James Wolk as Music Joe, James Wolk as Nurse Joe — (Photo by: Sandy Morris/Parrish Lewis/NBC)

Life is all about the choices you make – and sometimes what you do in a single moment can change everything. This new heartfelt, life-affirming drama follows Joe Kimbreau, who faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change – and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no “right” choice; no matter what happens, Joe’s life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable … and beautiful. 

The cast includes James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Elizabeth Lail and Charlie Barnett. 

Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner will write and executive produce along with executive producers Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein. Adam Davidson will direct and executive produce the pilot episode.  

Ordinary Joe is produced by 20th Television, Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, 6th & Idaho, 3 Arts.  

Law and Order: For the Defense

LAW & ORDER: FOR THE DEFENSE — Pictured: “Law & Order: For the Defense” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC Entertainment)

In its 30-year history as the most successful brand in television, Law and Order has only ever explored the perspective of its iconic prosecutors … until now. From legendary executive producer Dick Wolf comes Law & Order: For the Defense, the newest entry in the beloved franchise that takes an unflinching look inside a criminal defense firm. Every week, the series will put the lawyers – and the criminal justice system – under the microscope like only Law & Order can, delivering hard-hitting, ripped-from-the-headlines stories that provide a new vantage point on justice. 

Carol Mendelsohn will executive produce with Dick Wolf, Arthur Forney, Julie Weitz and Peter Jankowski.  

The series will be produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Wolf Entertainment.  

NEW FALL COMEDIES

American Auto

From the creator of Superstore comes a new workplace comedy that takes the wheels off the automobile industry. Set in Detroit, the corporate executives of Payne Motors are at a crossroads: adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard. Shaking things up is the new CEO, whose leadership, experience and savvy is only slightly offset by her complete lack of knowledge about cars. Luckily, her team has some of the best minds in the business – when they aren’t fighting or trying to outwit each other. From the corporate office to the factory floor, the crew of Payne Motors is driving home the laughs. 

The cast includes Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo 

Justin Spitzer (Superstore) will write and executive produce. Jeff Blitz will direct and executive produce the pilot episode. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor will executive produce.  

American Auto is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Spitzer Holding Company, Kapital Entertainment.  

Grand Crew

From Phil Augusta Jackson (writer-producer-director, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Dan Goor (creator, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) comes a new comedy that proves that life is better with your crew. This group of young professionals are all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles — and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to “wine down” and unpack it all. There’s Noah, a hopeless romantic too eager to settle down; Nicky, a go-getter in both real estate and romance; Sherm, a low-key genius who plays the dating odds; Anthony, whose true love is his career; and Wyatt, who’s relieved to be married and out of the dating scene. And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time. 

The cast includes Nicole Byer, Justin Cunningham, Aaron Jennings, Echo Kellum and Carl Tart. 

Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will write and executive produce. Mo Marable will direct and co-executive produce the pilot. Dan Goor will executive produce. 

Grand Crew is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. 

Midseason/Summer Programming

The Thing About Pam

Midseason continues with new true-crime limited series The Thing About Pam, from Blumhouse Television, starring Renee Zellweger in a riveting true-crime drama inspired by one of the most popular, compelling sagas ever told on “Dateline NBC.” What appeared to be a straightforward murder case would eventually set off a chain of events exposing both a wrongful conviction and a diabolical scheme involving a woman named Pam Hupp. From Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and showrunner/executive producer Jessika Borsiczky, this limited series will bring a new perspective to a story that has already captivated millions. 

The cast includes Renee Zellweger. 

The Thing About Pam will be executive produced by Renee Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, Jessika Borsiczky, Liz Cole, Noah Oppenheim, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold.  

Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co. will produce. 

This is Us

Other marquee midseason dramas include the sixth and final season of Dan Fogelman’s award-winning series This Is Us, which will return to its traditional Tuesday night 9 p.m. timeslot to give fans a largely uninterrupted run. 

Special Programming

Throughout the year, NBC’s scripted series will be supercharged by huge promotional opportunities, including the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Beijing Winter Olympics and Super Bowl LVI as well as NBC’s hit holiday programming and four-quadrant unscripted series. 

NBC’s holiday programming remains a top-audience driver, and this season’s robust lineup of live events and specials includes a return to the network’s storied tradition of live musicals with seven-time Tony Award winner Annie Live! In addition, Jimmy Fallon is set produce the animated special Five More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas, based on his best-selling children’s book, and a new animated special, Trolls Holiday in Harmony, arrives from DreamWorks Animation.  

Hit comedies Kenan, Mr. Mayor, and Young Rock will also air special holiday episodes.  These special events join perennial favorites that include Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas at Rockefeller Center.  

Jennifer Griffinhttps://tvpulsemag.com
Former founder & editor of ScreenSpy Magazine, current editor at TVPulse Magazine. Cat person, Dog person and Person person.

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