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NBC tweaks fall premiere lineup, moves ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ to 2021

NBC is the latest broadcast network, which had announced a regular fall 2020 schedule, to make lineup changes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ground the majority of new and returning TV series.

The peacock network is planning on returning scripted series to start rolling out in late October. NBC’s reworked fall 2020 lineup includes seven returning scripted series, that are yet to start production on their new seasons, comedy “Superstore,” slated to premiere Oct. 22, and five dramas scheduled for a November bow, led by flagship “This Is Us,” which would open its fifth season with a two-hour premiere on Nov. 10.

Also slated to return the second week of November, following the presidential election, are the three “Chicago” dramas (Nov. 11), “Law & Order: SVU” (Nov. 12) and “The Blacklist” (Nov. 13).

All premiere dates have been set after detailed conversations with the series’ producers to get assurances that having the shows ready by then is realistic. Of the dramas, “The Blacklist” is expected to be first back in production in New York.

NBC’s fall schedule announced in June also featured “New Amsterdam,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Manifest” and the new “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff, “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” starring Christopher Meloni. Those series will now premiere after Jan. 1.

Also held for 2021 as previously planned are returning series “Good Girls,” “Making It,” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” as well as new comedy series “Kenan,” “Mr. Mayor” and “Young Rock” as well as alternative series “That’s My Jam,” “Small Fortune,” “True Story” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Stepping in to fill the fall voids in September, October and beyond are — largely previously announced — Canadian medical drama “Transplant,” which subs for “New Amsterdam”; “American Ninja Warrior” and “Ellen’s Game Of Games,” which will fill in for The Voice until the reality mainstay is ready for return October 19, Weakest Link, which will air in “Manifest”‘s Monday slot, remote comedy “Connecting…,” which was fast-tracked during the pandemic and will replace “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on the fall schedule. There is no replacement yet for “L&O: Organized Crime” yet, with the Thursday 10 p.m. slot likely to feature a newsmagazine in the fall.

All reality series listed above, including “The Voice,” are either in production or about to start shooting.

Here is a list of NBC’s fall premiere dates:

SEPTEMBER

Transplant (Tuesday, 9/1, 10-11 PM)
American Ninja Warrior (Monday, 9/7, 8-10 PM)
NBC Sunday Night Football (Thursday, 9/10 and Sunday, 9/13, 8:20 PM ET)
Weakest Link (Monday, 9/28, 10-11 PM)
Dateline NBC (Friday, 9/25, 10-11 PM)

OCTOBER

Connecting … (Thursday, 10/1, 8:30-9 PM)
Ellen’s Game of Games (Tuesday, 10/6, 8-10 PM, then shifting to 9-10 p.m. on 10/13)
The Voice (Monday, 10/19, 8-10 PM, Tuesday, 10/20, 8-10 PM then switches to 8-9 PM on 10/27)
Superstore (Thursday, 10/22, 8-8:30 PM)

NOVEMBER

This Is Us (Tuesday, 11/10, 9-11 PM; returns to 9-10 PM on 11/17)
Chicago Med (Wednesday, 11/11, 8-9 PM)
Chicago Fire (Wednesday, 11/11, 9-10 PM)
Chicago P.D. (Wednesday, 11/11, 10-11 PM)
Law & Order: SVU (Thursday, 11/12, 9-10 PM)
The Blacklist (Friday, 11/13, 8-9 PM)

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