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  • NBC Ryan Eggold stars in “New Amsterdam,” which will premiere on NBC in the fall. 

  • NBC "Abby's," a sitcom filmed outdoors, stars Natalie Morales and Neil Flynn. It is on NBC's midseason slate.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:00 am

NBC glad to bring 'Nine-Nine' back home

DAVID BAUDER | Associated Press

NBC Schedule

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall (new series in bold):


8 p.m. – “The Voice”

10 p.m. – “Manifest”


8 p.m. – “The Voice”

9 p.m. – “This is Us”

10 p.m. – “New Amsterdam”


8 p.m. – “Chicago Med”

9 p.m. – “Chicago Fire”

10 p.m. – “Chicago P.D.”


8 p.m. – “Superstore”

8:30 p.m. – “The Good Place”

9 p.m. – “Will & Grace”

9:30 p.m. – “I Feel Bad”

10 p.m. – “Law & Order: SVU”


8 p.m. – “Blindspot”

9 p.m. – “Midnight, Texas”

10 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”


8 p.m. – “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery”

10 p.m. – “Saturday Night Live” encores


7 p.m. – “Football Night in America”

8:20 p.m. – “NBC Sunday Night Football”

NEW YORK – NBC is turbo-charging the trend of reviving canceled comedies with its pickup of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

The network quickly swooped in after Fox dumped it last week, adding it to NBC's midseason schedule. While the fan outcry was heartening, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Sunday that because of business considerations, the pickup already was in the works. The show is made by an NBC Universal-owed studio.

Greenblatt said if he had known earlier in the series' development that Andy Samberg was going to star in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” NBC's studio never would have sold it to Fox in the first place.

“It was a missed opportunity for us from the beginning,” he said. “We jumped on it really quickly, and we're thrilled to have it.”

NBC succeeded this past season with a reboot of “Will & Grace,” while ABC's revival of “Roseanne” has been an even more spectacular success. That's left network executives scouring old cast lists for shows that can be brought back.

The network says it will introduce five new dramas and two new comedies next season. It is the only one of the four biggest broadcast networks with more viewers than last season, although that would not have been the case without the Winter Olympics and Super Bowl.

NBC was admittedly “treading water” in the winter between editions of “The Voice,” during the last few years, Greenblatt said.

He's taken steps to rectify that and will start a winter edition of the summer hit “America's Got Talent,” with judge Simon Cowell on board. The format will be a championship tournament of past favorite performers and winners from international editions of the show.

Dwayne Johnson also will be a part of “The Titan Games,” a competition from the producers of “American Ninja Warrior.” Ellen DeGeneres will return with “Ellen's Game of Games” and the drama “Blacklist” is on the midseason schedule.

Also on for midseason is “Abby's,” centered around a bar in San Diego. The Natalie Morales show is believed to be the first sitcom to be shot outdoors in front of a live audience.

NBC is taking viewers to the Midwest all night on Wednesdays, where the dramas “Chicago Med,” ''Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” will fill out the network's prime-time schedule. All are products of television veteran Dick Wolf's production studio.

Wolf's long-running “Law & Order: SVU” will launch its 20th season on Thursday nights.

NBC's schedule includes three new will for the fall.

• The Monday night drama “Manifest” is a time-traveler series about passengers who get off a bumpy plane flight only to find it's five years later and all of their friends and relatives assumed they were dead.

• “New Amsterdam,” on Tuesday, is a medical series based in New York's Bellevue Hospital.

• “I Feel Bad” – not a medical series – is a comedy about a working mom who is “perfectly OK with being imperfect,” according to NBC's description. Amy Poehler is one of the behind-the-scenes figures on the Thursday night show.

Landing on the scrap-heap are “The Brave,” ''Law & Order True Crime,” ''Rise” and “Great News.” Greenblatt said decisions are due soon on the fate of “Champions” and “Timeless.” The latter show had been canceled around this time last year, but the network reversed its decision in a rare move after fan outcry.